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Education CV

Professional Admission

  • Law Society of Ontario (2020)

Education

  • PhD Candidate in Law - King's College, University of Cambridge (since 10/2020)
  • BCL/LLB - McGill University  (Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal)
  • MPhil Development Studies - Wolfson College, University of Oxford 
  • BASc honours Political Science -McMaster University (Summa cum laude)

Legal Professional Experience

  • Judicial Clerk to The Hon. Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella - Supreme Court of Canada [Ottawa, ON] (2019-2020)
  • Research Assistant to The Hon. Louise Otis [Ottawa, ON] (2019/03 - 2019/05)
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Payam Akhavan - McGill University [Montreal, QC] (2017/01 - 2019/02)
  • Summer Student - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP [Toronto, ON] (2018/05 - 2018/08)
  • Student Judicial Clerk to The Hon. Yves-Marie Morissette - Court of Appeal of Quebec [Montreal, QC] (2017 - 2018)
  • Legal Intern - Maliiganik Tuksiiniakvik Legal Services [Iqaluit, NU] (2017/05 - 2017/08)

Humanitarian & Development Professional Experience

  • Supernumery Professional - École Nationale d’Administration Publique [Montreal, QC] (2017 - 2018)
  • Consultancy into Humanitarian Effectiveness - Save the Children UK [Niamey, Niger] (2015/05- 2015/08)
  • Sahel Regional Technical Advisor on Disaster Resilience - Save the Children International [Niamey, Niger; Dakar, Senegal] (2013 - 2015)
  • Disaster Resilience Consultant - Save the Children UK [London, UK] (2012/10 - 2013/05)
  • Research Associate - King's College London [London, UK] (2012/03 - 2012-09)
  • Graduate Intern - UK Government Office for Science Foresight Program [London, UK] (2011/08 - 2012/02)

Select Scholarships & Awards

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship - University of Cambridge (2020-2024)
  • Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal - McGill University (awarded to the student who completes the McGill BCL/LLB Program with the most distinguished standing upon graduation)
  • Nathan - Cotler Memorial Prize in Human Rights Law - McGill University (awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest standing in the field of Human Rights throughout the program)
  • Cheryl Rose Teresa Doran Award - McGill University (awarded to a deserving graduating student on the basis of academic merit, steadfastness, and dedication to the profession of law)
  • Runner-Up Best Memorandum Claimant / Honourable Mention Memorandum Respondent [Team Award] - Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 
  • Canadian Centennial Scholarship - University of Oxford
  • Valedictorian Arts and Science Program and Faculty of Humanities - McMaster University 

Fields of research

Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Disaster Law

 

Supervisors

Professor Eyal Benvenisti & Dr Sandesh Sivakumaran 

Start Date

Oct 2020

Publications

 

Articles

"Towards a Legal Toolkit for Disaster Resilience & Transformation" [2021] Disasters 45 (2)

Citation:
[2021] Disasters 45 (2)
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12430
Published: Apr 2021

"Humanitarian Access Through Agency Law In Non-International Armed Conflicts" [2020] International and Comparative Law Quarterly 69 (2), 451-497

Citation:
[2020] International and Comparative Law Quarterly 69 (2), 451-497
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020589320000020
Published: Apr 2020

"Enabling Strategies and Impeding Factors to Urban Resilience Implementation: A Scoping Review" [2020] Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 28 (1), 83-102

Co-Author/s:
Marie‐Christine Therrien & Susan Usher
Citation:
[2020] Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 28 (1), 83-102
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12283
Published: Mar 2020

"What Justice for the Yazidi Genocide?: Voices from Below" [2020] Human Rights Quarterly 42 (1), 1-47

Co-Author/s:
Payam Akhavan, Sareta Ashraph and Barzan Barzani
Citation:
[2020] Human Rights Quarterly 42 (1), 1-47
DOI:
10.1353/hrq.2020.0000
Published: Feb 2020

"Short Circuit: A Failing Technology for Administering Justice in Nunavut" [2018] Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 35, 379-400

Citation:
[2018] Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 35, 379-400
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.22329/wyaj.v35i0.5787
Published: May 2018

"Pathways for Transformation: Disaster Risk Management to Enhance Resilience to Extreme Events" [2016] Journal of Extreme Events 3 (01), 1671002

Co-Author/s:
TD Gibson, M Pelling, A Ghosh, A Siddiqi, W Solecki, L Johnson, C Kenney, D Johnston & R Du Plessis
Citation:
[2016] Journal of Extreme Events 3 (01), 1671002
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1142/S2345737616710020
Published: Oct 2016

"Positioning Resilience for 2015: The Role of Resistance, Incremental Adjustment and Transformation in Disaster Risk Management Policy." [2015] Disasters, 39(1), 1-18

Co-Author/s:
Mark Pelling
Citation:
[2015] Disasters, 39(1), 1-18
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12107
Published: Jan 2015

"Disaster Risk and its Reduction: An Agenda for Urban Africa" [2015] International Development Planning Review, 37(1), 33-43.

Co-Author/s:
Ibidun Adelekan, Cassidy Johnson, Mtafu Manda, Blessing Mberu, Susan Parnell, Mark Pelling, David Satterthwaite & Janani Vivekananda
Citation:
[2015] International Development Planning Review, 37(1), 33-43.
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2015.4
Published: Jan 2015

"Adaptation and Transformation" [2014] Climatic Change, 133, 113-127

Co-Author/s:
Mark Pelling & Karen O'Brien
Citation:
[2014] Climatic Change, 133, 113-127
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1303-0
Published: Dec 2014

Book Chapters

"Even the River Has Need of Its Tributaries: An Exploration of Humanitarian Effectiveness in the Slow-onset Context of Niger" in Fernando Espada (ed(s)), Essays on Humanitarian Effectiveness (The Save the Children Fund, 2016), pp. 55-88

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