Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Congratulations to the many outstanding U of T Faculty of Law graduate students who have received prestigious awards to assist them in their studies.

Five graduate students received Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) graduate scholarships, given to outstanding PhD, SJD and LLM students who are conducting research related to the think tank’s International Law Research Program. The one-year graduate scholarships in international law are valued at CDN $24,000 for PhD and SJD students and CDN $16,000 for LLM students. The program focuses on international economic law, international intellectual property law and international environmental law.

The five CIGI recipients for 2015/2016 are:

Aman Gebru: now in his fourth year of the SJD program, Gebru is researching issues at the intersection of intellectual property, bioprospecting and traditional medicinal knowledge, under the supervision of Prof. Ariel Katz. His general research interests lie in intellectual properties and their relationship to innovation and development both at the domestic and international levels.

Francesco Ducci: beginning his first year as a doctoral student in the SJD program, Ducci is researching on “Competition Policy for Two-Sided Markets” under the co-supervision of Professors Michael Trebilcock and Edward Iacobucci.

Daniela Chimisso dos Santos: Santos is starting her third year as an SJD candidate. She is working on "The Multinational Enterprise: A Change Agent for Development?", supervised by Prof. Mariana Prado and Prof. Michael Trebilcock.

Ashley Barnes: in her second year of the SJD program, Barnes is researching the role of mass claims in international law under the supervision of Prof. Karen Knop.

Christopher Campbell-Duruflé: lawyer and second-year SJD student Campbell-Duruflé is researching on the emergence of new modes and processes of international law emerging in the context of global efforts to address climate change. Under the supervision of Prof. Jutta Brunnée, his thesis will place a special emphasis on the transformations revealed by the 2015 Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (COP 21).

Several other graduate students have also recently received notable awards:

Kathleen Davis, now entering her  second year of the SJD program, is researching the connections between the responsibility to protect and the International Criminal Court, under the supervision of Prof. Jutta Brunnée. She received a John Peters Humphrey Fellowship.

Helene Love, now in her second year of the program, Helene is researching if the laws of evidence are equipped to respond to the needs of the aging population under the supervision of Prof. Martha Shaffer. She received a Law Foundation of BC Doctoral Fellowship and a Canadian Federation of University Women Beverly Jackson Fellowship.

Tamar Meshel, finishing her second-year as an SJD candidate, continues her research on “The Role of International Law in the Resolution of Transboundary Freshwater Disputes" under the supervision of Prof. Karen Knop. She received a CIGI International Law Research Program Scholarship.

Jennifer Orange, entering her third year of the SJD program, is researching the interaction of museum practice with international human rights law, under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Macklem. She has been accepted as a junior fellow at Massey College.