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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.

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


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 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!

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