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Meet our PhD students

Meet some of our students, and learn why they chose to pursue their doctoral studies at Queen's Law.


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Santino Dau

Hometown: Pariang Town, South Sudan

Focus: Human rights, international law

“Law affects virtually every aspect of human life and institutions that regulate our conduct and choices, whether such choices are social, economic, social or political in nature.”


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Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Focus: Harm and the role of choice in evaluating legal responses to the commercial exchange of sex for compensation.

"I find the discourses around prostitution and sex work and the normative recommendations associated with them insufficiently nuanced. My goal is to find a way to reconcile the concerns reflected in these discourses in a way that recognizes the lived experiences of conflicting marginalized rights-bearing communities."



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Adelina Iftene

Hometown: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Focus: Prison and criminal law

“I came to understand how legal research may have long-term effects on society and marginalized individuals.”




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Oluwatobiloba Moody

Hometown: Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria

Focus: Traditional knowledge / intellectual property

“My research examines international instruments recently adopted to address the misappropriation of traditional knowledge.”



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Ksenia Polonskaya

Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia

Focus: Dispute settlements in international law

“My research impacts how we perceive the subject matter of arbitration and the scope of applicable law as well as arbitral discretion.”




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Hometown: Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil

Focus: Human rights and international law

“I am interested in understanding what shaped international law and human rights and how they changed through time – how other civilizations and nations viewed international law.”



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Chris Waters

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

Focus: Military law

“The Somalia Crisis and the aftermath was the catalyst for my choosing a change of career to law.”