Country

Canada

 

Institution

University of Montreal – Faculty of Law

 

Name of investigator

Amissi Manirabona - Project director and principal investigator

 

Biography

Amissi Manirabona is Doctor of Law (LL.D.), Master of Law (LL.M.) from University of Montreal, and Master's Bénin. His areas of expertise are Penal Law, Economic and Financial Penal Law and Business Law. His areas of interest are environmental crimes, compliance and social responsibility of multinationals. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow – FQRSC (declined after qualifying as professor), and received the APDQ 2010 Award for the best doctorate dissertation defended in the law faculties in Quebec and the University of Ottawa. He received the 2010 Minerva Award for the best doctorate thesis in Quebec. He has published several scientific articles in English and French, such as "Une évaluation critique de la première loi canadienne sur le développement durable.” Revue de droit d’Ottawa 42 (1) (2010-2011): 29-69. Professor Manirabona acted as an external reviewer for various journals: Criminologie; Cahiers de droit; the McGill Law Journal; and the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy. He frequently gives interviews to national and international media on the topics of penal law; international penal law; and international environmental penal law. In addition, he serves as Secretary of the Montreal Working Group of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (ccij.ca). Amissi Manirabona has also been a visiting professor at China University of Political Science and Law.

Country

Canada

 

Institution

Department of Geography - Université Laval

 

Name of investigator

Frédéric Lasserre - Principal investigator

 

Biography

Frédéric Lasserre holds a Masters of Commerce (ESC Lyon, 1990), an MBA (York U., Toronto, 1991), a DEA in Geopolitics (U. Paris VIII, 1992) and a Ph.D. in Geography (U. Saint-Étienne, France, 1996).

He worked as a consultant with the European Observatory of Geopolitics (OEG, Lyon, France) on the political and economic transformations of Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, then as a foreign language instructor in Japan, then as Advisor in International Affairs on Asian Desks at the Quebec Ministry of Trade and Industry; and then with Investissement Québec, the Crown corporation responsible for the promotion of foreign investment in Quebec.

He is a Professor since 2001 in the Department of Geography at Laval University (Quebec), and a researcher at the Hydro-Québec Institute in environment, development and society (IEDS). He also acted as Project Director with the ArcticNet research network. He is also a researcher with the Institut québécois des Hautes études internationales (IQHEI).

With his book L’éveil du dragon. Les défis du développement de la Chine au XXIe siècle (Presses de l’Université du Québec) [The awakening of the dragon. The challenges of development in China in the 21st century], he won the HEC Best Business Book Award 2006.

He conducted extensive research in the field of water management and on Arctic geopolitics, and published 19 books and over 105 refereed articles. He chairs the Conseil québécois d’Études géopolitiques (CQEG) at Laval University.

Country

Canada

 

Institution

University of Montreal – Faculty of Law

 

Name of investigator

Yenny Vega Cardenas - Principal investigator

 

Biography

Yenny Vega Cardenas, lawyer in Canada (Quebec) and in Colombia, holds a Masters in Business Law and a Ph.D in Water resources management (Université de Montréal ). She teaches International Public Law and Comparative Law at the University of Montréal and she is an invited professor in numerous universities in Latin America. Counselor for International Development at the Université de Montréal, she has conducted extensive research in the field of Water Law, human right to water and sanitation as essential to the realization of all human rights. She has published several scientific articles in English, French and Spanish, and she is often invited to participate in international and national conferences related to her expertise. Very involved in social issues, she has participated in different public hearings in Quebec linked to the Environment and Natural Resources. Her book “The Construction of the Legal Status of Water in Canada and in Mexico” reveals the influence of international and national agents in the construction of water Law in North America. Her article related to International Arbitration and Water issues highlights the difficulty to conciliate international business rules and the necessity to protect Human Rights and the Environment.

Country

Canada

 

Institution

University of Montréal

 

Name of investigator

Nathalia Parra Meza - Graduate student researcher

 

Biography

Nathalia Parra Meza is completing her Master's degree in Law at the University of Montreal. She is a lawyer in Colombia, holds a graduate degree in Administrative Law from the same country, and a Civil Law degree (LL.B.) from University of Montreal. She completed the professional training program at the École du Barreau du Québec in the winter of 2017. She has five years of experience working for the judicial branch in Colombia, two of them as judge in the Labour and Family court sections, among others. She completed two research assistantships.

Country

Canada

 

Institution

The Canada Chair in Environment, Society and Policy of the University of Ottawa

 

Name of investigator

Pierre-Louis Tetu - Postdoctoral associate

 

Biography

Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Chair in Environment, Society & Policy, Department of geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa

 

Pierre-Louis Têtu is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Canada Chair in Environment, Society and Policy (ESPG) in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics of the University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada). He holds a PhD in Geographical Sciences from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) where his research was funded by FQRSC and the Hydro-Québec Institute of Environment, Development, and Society (IHQEDS). Dr. Têtu is currently working with Dr. Jackie Dawson on the development of a site guidelines assessing the vulnerability of the Inuit’s natural and cultural sites, visited by Cruise Ships and Private Yachts in the Canadian Arctic, based on a postmodernist approach of environmental conservation.

 

Students Volunteering

Name

Dunja Stajic

 

Biography

Dunja Stajic is a second-year student in the Bachelor of Law program at the University of Montreal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish from the University of Prince Edward Island. She has six years of experience working in government on both the provincial and the federal level.

Name

Veronica Aimar

 

Biography

Veronica Aimar holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (McGill University, 2011), a Certificate on Comparative Health Law (Universidad de Costa Rica, 2015), and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Université de Montréal, 2017). She completed the professional training program at the École du Barreau in Fall 2017. Veronica has worked as an advisor and development agent for different non-profit community organizations committed to the values of social justice and equality in Montreal. She is fluently trilingual, speaking English, French and Spanish.

Name

Layla Déry

 

Biography

Layla Déry is a student in the Bachelor of Law program at the University of Montreal. She has a great interest in human rights and humanitarian law. Also, Layla is involved in the research project on arms shipments to Saudi Arabia, initiated by the professeur Daniel Turp at the University of Montreal.

 

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