Acknowledgement of 8 students who collaborated with CPIJ Co-Researcher François Larocque

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We would like to acknowledge the following students who have collaborated with Professor François Larocque at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section in his research under the aegis of the CPIJ.


Annika Weikinnis is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law at Ottawa University. Her research focuses on international criminal law, particularly on transnational corporate responsibility for international crimes. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, and a Master’s in Law and International Security Policies from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Bahati Mujinya is a doctoral student in Law at the University of Ottawa and the Francophone Co-President of the University’s Law Alumni Association since September 2018. His research focuses on international criminal justice, child soldiers, their right to reparation, and the fight against transnational criminality in the African context. He holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Liliane Langevin is a candidate for a combined J.D. and  M.A. (International Affairs) from the University of Ottawa and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Liliane holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (Hons.) from Carleton University. Through these interdisciplinary programs, Liliane has developed an interest in international governance, and its intersection with domestic legal obligations and policy considerations, such as Canada’s engagement with the International Criminal Court.  She has previously worked as a policy analyst at Global Affairs Canada.  Liliane hopes to article with the Department of Justice and pursue a career as a lawyer in the foreign service.


Liliane Stéphanie Koagne Moguem holds a J.D. from the French common law program within the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Section. She also holds a D.E.A. in civil law and international public law from the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon. She is currently candidate for the Ontario Bar Law Practice Program. As a member of the research group Transnational Anticorruption Watch, she is interested in judicial mechanisms established by various international instruments to which Canada is party to fight against money laundering.


Michelle Sahou holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Montreal and graduated of the Canadian Law Program (LL.L. and J.D.) from the Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa. Currently candidate for the Ontario Bar Licensing Process, Michelle Sahou is collaborator to the Transnational Anti-Corruption Watch research group. Her research in this group focuses on civil reparation for victims of money laundering in France. She aspires to work in the fields of banking law, business law and fiscal law.


Sage-Fidèle Gayala Ngangu graduated of the Canadian Law Program (LL.L. and J.D.) from the Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa. He also graduated in philosophy from the Catholic University of the Congo. Former investigative reporter and former member of the Global Investigative Jounalism Network and the Forum for African Investigative reporters Board of Directors, Sage-Fidèle Gayala has always had cross-borders crimes in the heart of his reflections and research.


Sarah Lagg graduated of the dual Juris Doctor and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 2018. She holds a degree in Biochemistry from Concordia University in Montreal. During her time at law school, she participated in the international Charles-Rousseau moot competition in international law held in Benin, Africa. She also worked for the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic where she was a Division Leader for the Community and Legal Education Outreach Division. She is currently articling at Caza Saikaley srl/LLP, a bilingual boutique litigation firm in Ottawa.


Stanislas Mulabi Balambula is currently completing a joint honours B.Sc.Soc in Economical Science and Political Science at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Science (Department of Economics). He is notably interested in the economic and social dimension of money laundering through the real estate market.

Registration for Lawyers Without Borders Canada’s Annual Forum is now open

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9 November 2018 –The Annual Forum of Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC), whose theme this year is “Human Rights, economic activities and indigenous peoples, comparative perspective” will take place on 22 November 2018, at the Québec Augustinian Monastery. Open to law practitioners as well as students, LWBC’s Annual Forum represents an exceptional opportunity to actively take part in high level exchanges on very important and topical issues. The six-hour training offered by LWBC is recognized by the Quebec Bar and allows to understand, exchange and network with agents of change working all around the globe on issues related to human rights, economic law and indigenous law. Further, LWBC’s General Assembly, which is open to anyone interested in learning about the organization, will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 pm. The day will end with a cocktail reception which will highlight those who, in Canada, use law as an instrument for change and world development.

The Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights and the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic are proud to be diffusion partners for this event which promises to be fascinating. It is possible to register until the 16th of November, and students enjoy a reduced fare of 40$ for the day upon presentation of their student card. The Canadian Partnership for International justice, through Lawyers Without Borders Canada, will allow a few students residing outside Quebec City to travel to the Augustinian Monastery Museum at reduced fees.

The full program of the event and registration procedures can be accessed online here.


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Partnership, Clinic and Chair teams


N.B. The event will be in French.

Results of the Canada-Wide Blog Contest: the Future of International Criminal Justice

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5 November 2018 – The Canadian Partnership for International Justice, the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, and the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic are happy to proclaim the winners of the Canada-Wide Blog Contest on the future of international criminal justice.

The selection was made by a bilingual committee of distinguished professors and professionals in international criminal law. The evaluation was based on the following criteria: respect of the theme, originality of the subject and of the way it is addressed, rigor of the research, quality of the writing and style, form and language.

Many contributions were received during the contest. Written in English or in French, by one person or by a team, these contributions were of high quality and evidence the Canadian students’ capacity to vulgarize and communicate ideas on international criminal justice.

The winner blogposts’ authors will receive their prize and see their post published on the Quid Justitiae blog in the coming days. The authors of the other blogposts may decide to submit it to the Quid Justitiae blog and get it published after the applicable editing process.

Watch the Quid Justitiae website as well as the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Partnership, Chair and Clinic to read the blogposts.

We warmly thank all participants to the contest!

Winners of the Contest

1st position (total prize of 500 $)

Pierre-Gabriel Stefanaggi

La C.D.I. fête ses 70 ans : Importance et actualité de la codification du droit pour la justice pénale africaine

2nd position (total prize of 250 $)

Rosine Faucher

Transcending Verticality: Stark need & small hope

3nd position (total prize of 100 $)

Manon Creusot et Catherine Savard

Repenser la justice internationale pénale dans le contexte des 20 ans du Statut de Rome : des solutions nécessaires pour combler le vide juridique entourant le sort des acquittés


CPIJ organizes a panel on the Rohingya at the 47th CCIL Conference

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31 October 2018 – The Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) hosts a panel at the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council of International Law (CCIL). Titled “The Role of International Criminal Law and the ICC in Responding to the Alleged Crimes Perpetrated against the Rohingya”, this panel organized and financed by CPIJ will allow to discuss the different options available within the field of international criminal law to fight against impunity for crimes allegedly perpetrated against the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The panel will be moderated by CPIJ Co-Director Fannie Lafontaine and will bring together Co-Researchers Payam Akhavam, professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and Valerie Oosterveld, associate Dean and professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, as well as Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University. Prof. Akhavan will discuss the ICC Jurisdiction and the Rohingya Atrocities; Prof. Oosterveld the accountability for sexual and gender-based violence against the Rohingya; and Mr. Matthews will address the use of social media to dehumanize the Rohingya. The conference will take place at 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 1st.

Few other members of CPIJ will also present at the 47th CCIL Conference. Rob Currie and Joanna Harrington will be part of the panel “Extradition after Diab” at 9:05 am on Friday, November 2nd. They will analyze Canada’s place in the international landscape of extradition, as well as the nature and scope of the legal obligations involved and the need of reform notably in the light of the Diab case. Further, prof. Harrington will moderate the panel “Highlights of 2018 from the Canadian Yearbook of International Law”, which will take place at 8:00 am the same day.

The full program of the 47thCCIL Conference can be accessed online here.

Prof. Penelope Simons Hires 6 Research Assistants

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Welcome back to Melisa Handl, Joshua Ng, Chris Plecash and Ariel Wheway who are continuing their work as research assistants for Professor Penelope Simons at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa for 2018-2019. Welcome to Selena Lucien and Melissa Morton who are joining the team this Fall.


Melissa Handl

Melisa Handl is an Argentine lawyer and a PhD student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa (Canada). Her research interests include international law, gender, development, qualitative research, and international human rights. Melisa holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs with specialization in “International Institutions and Global Governance” from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Canada). Melisa also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in Human Rights and Social Justice. Melisa has written extensively on social policy, gendering international human rights, and human trafficking. She has also presided The University of Ottawa Graduate Students in Law Association for two consecutive years. Melisa is interested in Visual Arts and she completed her Art Instructor degree in the Fracassi Academy in Argentina. Melisa is currently investigating whether conditional cash transfers are contributing to greater gender equality in the context of Argentina, and intends to connect a top-down approach to international human rights with the experiences of actual beneficiary women on the ground. She is part of a Canada-Mexico project which involves training Mexican judges on issues related to international human rights; Melisa is in charge of the “Violence Against Women and Gender” workshop. She is working with Professor Simons on corporate accountability, gender, and the extractive industry and specifically, writing about gendering the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from a socio-legal feminist methodology.


Melissa Morton

Melissa Morton is a third year JD student at the University of Ottawa. Before law school, Melissa had a range of jobs, from working in an accounting firm, to a social media start-up, and then in corporate immigration. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Political Science and Law with a concentration in Transnational Law and Human Rights. During her free time, Melissa volunteers with a local dog rescue and enjoys experimenting with recipe-free cooking (which, admittedly, often goes awry). She also enjoys travelling, with a recent trip to Japan inspiring her to set a new goal to move to Tokyo for a year in the future. Melissa is working as a research assistant with Professor Simons on corporate accountability for human rights in the context of resource extraction.


Selena Lucien

Selena Lucien is a third-year law student at the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Selena was awarded the Studio [Y] Innovation Fellowship at MaRS Discovery District where she founded the Small Claims Wizard to facilitate and simplify access to the Ontario Small Claims Court. Her venture was presented at Stanford Law School and incubated at the Legal Innovation Zone. During law school, Selena wrote a memorandum to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that outlines guiding principles to help construct policies to govern the ethical design and regulation of autonomous vehicles. She presented her findings at the Global Affairs Canada’s A.I and Human Rights Symposium. Currently, as a recipient of the Alex Trebek Innovation Award, Selena is building an intelligent contract analysis module. Selena is also working with Professor Simons on corporate accountability issues and specifically the Act of State doctrine, comparative fiduciary duty, and emerging transnational legal principles. Selena received her graduate degree from the London School of Economics.


Joshua Ng

Joshua Ng is a third year law student at the University of Ottawa. During law school, Josh has worked at a community legal clinic serving clients appeal their denials of social assistance benefits. He has also gained political experience working in the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Prior to law school, Josh worked as a government relations consultant in Vancouver as well as a researcher at a think tank in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration both from Queen’s University. Josh is working with Professor Penelope Simons in the area of corporate accountability, specifically in the extractive sector and with respect to violations of the human rights of women and vulnerable groups.


Chris Plecash

Chris Plecash is a third year J.D. student at the University of Ottawa. Before entering law school, he reported on federal politics and government for Ottawa’s Hill Times newspaper from 2011 to 2015, and later served as a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament. Last year, he was awarded the McCarthy Tetrault Technology Law Award for academic achievement in tech law studies. Chris majored in Political Science and Philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario, and holds a Master’s in Philosophy from York University, where he focused on bioethics.  He is currently working with Professor Simons on a project related to domestic criminal liability for Canadian corporations purchasing natural resources that have been extracted and sold in violation of international humanitarian law and international criminal law.



Ariel Wheway

Ariel Wheway is a 4th year student in the joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts program at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. She is the current president of the International Law Students Association at the University of Ottawa, as well as a member of the International Criminal Court moot team. Ariel also works for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and is currently conducting research on access to justice for housing-related issues. Ariel is working with Professor Simons on corporate accountability issues, specifically regarding women in mining and how the issue of gender and women’s rights are treated in the policies of resource extraction companies.


If you are a student working with a member of the Partnership, you could be featured on CPIJ’s website. See here for details.

Prof. Joanna Harrington Hires 3 Research Assistants

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We wish to give a warm welcome to Megan Ferguson, Kathleen Renaud and Daniel Waring, who are joining the CPIJ as research assistants to Professor Joanna Harrington at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta for 2018-2019.


Megan Ferguson

Megan is a second year J.D. student at the University of Alberta where she is the Assistant Band Director for the annual “Law Show” that raises money for charity. Megan also works as a soccer referee, and before entering law school, she was a professional classical musician, performing in various ensembles in Western Canada. As an undergraduate, she participated in the “Witnessing Auschwitz” international conference in 2016, with her conference paper later published in a book released by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Megan will be working with Professor Harrington on extradition law reform. She holds a Bachelor of Music focusing on tuba performance and composition from the University of British Columbia.





Kathleen Renaud

Kathleen is a third year J.D. student at the University of Alberta where she is the Vice-Chair of the Women’s Law Forum. This past summer, she worked for West Coast LEAF, assisting on a number of interventions in the Canadian courts. Her past experience includes work with the Department of Justice, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and the European Commission in Brussels. Kathleen will be working with Professor Harrington on the right to an effective remedy for victims who have been successful before an international human rights body. She holds an M.Phil. in History from the University of Cambridge and will be articling with Singleton Reynolds in Vancouver after graduation.



Daniel Waring

Daniel is a second year J.D. student at the University of Alberta where he is Vice-President External of the Francophone Law Students Association and Vice-President of OUTlaw, a student group that raises awareness for LGBT equality. This past summer, he worked at the Office of the Minister of Labour in the Government of Alberta, researching and writing briefing notes and interacting with stakeholders. Past experience includes internships with the Organization of American States and the NATO Association of Canada. Daniel will be working with Professor Harrington on the definition of a victim within the context of transnational criminal law. He holds an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Guelph.

CPIJ Co-Researcher Penelope Simons Receives the 2018 Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award

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CPIJ Co-Researcher Penelope Simons

26 October 2018 – CPIJ Co-Researcher Penelope Simons is the recipient of the 2018 Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award. The International Commission of Jurists, who awards this prize, thereby highlighted her “background and commitment as an individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights.”

The Tarnopolsky Award is named after the judge and renowned scholar Walter S. Tarnopolsky, who was a pioneer in the development of human rights and civil liberties in Canada. It is awarded annually to a Canadian resident who made an outstanding contribution to human rights at a national or international level.

Renowned expert in the field of corporate responsibility, Professor Simons fights tirelessly against corporate complicity in human rights violations. She does not hesitate to question the statu quoand pursue accountability for corporations and reparation for victims at the national and international level. Her innovative publications and constant promotion of access to justice for vulnerable persons make her a strong advocate in the field of international human rights law.

The award will be presented to Professor Simons at the conference “70 Years On… Is Humanity Ready for a World Court of Human Rights?” hosted at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) on October 31st. It is possible to register online for the event by sending an email to

CPIJ funds the attendance of 9 students to the 47th CCIL Conference

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22 October 2018 – The Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ) will fund the attendance of 9 students to the 47thConference of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), which will be held in Ottawa on November 1 and 2, 2018.

This major annual event, whose 2018 edition is themed “International Law at the Boundaries”, will allow students to deepen their knowledge of international law while also encouraging dialogues with experts, law practitioners and academics. Following the Conference, students will write blogposts in relation to their attendance.

Congratulations to all recipients!

CPIJ Co-Researcher Julia Grignon receives prestigious Paul Reuters Prize on International Humanitarian Law

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18 October 2018 – CPIJ Co-Researcher Julia Grignon received yesterday the prestigious Paul Reuters Prize on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). This award was granted to crown her doctoral thesis named “L’applicabilité temporelle du droit international humanitaire”, defended in 2012 and published in 2014.

CPIJ Co-Researcher Julia Grignon

The Paul Reuters Prize was created in 1983 through to a donation made by Paul Reuters, honorary professor at University of Paris, to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It is usually awarded every three years to recognize an outstanding work in the field of IHL.

Doctor of Laws from Geneva University, Prof. Grignon teaches at Laval University since 2013. She is the co-director of the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinicas well as a member and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Africa and the Middle-East. Further, she is member of the Jean-Pictet Competition Committee since 2008 and is editor and author of the book “Hommage à Jean Pictet par le Concours de droit international humanitaire Jean-Pictet”, published in 2016.

The Paul Reuters Award Ceremony will take place on October 24that the ICRC Humanitarium, in Geneva. The event will be followed by a conference named “Role of academia in promoting and developping IHL” and a reception. It is possible to attend the event by registering online here.


Be Featured on CPIJ’s Website

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Student training is an important goal of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ), as shown by the multiple activities we organize and fund. This is why CPIJ develops new sections of its website to highlight student implication with CPIJ members. For students, it is a great opportunity to have their implication acknowledged, while also making networking easier for them.

The “Our Students” section (under the “About us” tab) provides an overview of some CPIJ students.

On the other hand, the “Student News” section shares student-related news, notably pertaining to their hiring, projects, scholarships, events, or any other topic of interest.

How to be featured on CPIJ’s website?

Students can send to CPIJ by mail the following information:

To be featured on the “Our Students” section:

  • Full name of the student;
  • Photo;
  • Name(s) of CPIJ member(s) the student is collaborating with;
  • Link towards an external website or short bio (including the student’s field of study, professional and academic interests, and nature of the link with CPIJ member).

To be featured on the “Student News” section:

  • Full name of the student;
  • Photo(s);
  • Name(s) of CPIJ member(s) the student is collaborating with;
  • A short news concerning, for example, a hiring, presentation, project, or scholarship. If it is a hiring, it would be interesting to include a short bio of the hired student.

For any question of additional information, please contact:

Catherine Savard

CPIJ Assistant coordinator