Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Ksenia Polonskaya

“Curiosity about how the law works” is what drew Ksenia to legal studies.

Originally from Krasnodar, in southern Russia (“but I believe the whole world is my home, like many millennials,” she says), Ksenia is now enjoying her time in Kingston, where she is pursuing doctoral research on the dispute settlement systems in international investment law and international trade law. Ksenia was awarded a Graduate Scholarship in International Law from the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. Her interest in settlement systems was driven by an initial moot competition in Germany, and refined through her LLM work with Professor David Schneiderman at the University of Toronto.

“My research impacts how we perceive the subject matter of arbitration and the scope of applicable law as well as arbitral discretion,” she explains. “In other words, should we empower arbitrators to consider issues of Intellectual Property? I suggest that it will go contrary to the ideas of public interest.”

“Queen’s Law is fantastic, and my decision was people-driven,” she says of her choice of universities. Ksenia describes Queen’s as “very collegial,” and is effusive when it comes to her supervisor, Professor Bita Amani. “She is an amazing expert in IP. I love working with her because I can learn a lot about research, academic writing and develop my critical thinking,” Ksenia says. “Dr. Amani, Professor Sharry Aiken, and Associate Dean Michael Pratt have helped me a lot along the way.”

Being a Centre for International Governance Innovation scholar has also helped shape her studies. “It’s an amazing venue to meet people in the field, network and learn. During my residence period, I had a chance to talk with the arbitrators who are senior fellows at CIGI, and to present at a CIGI workshop on corporate social responsibility. It was unique experience.”

Ksenia advises those considering graduate studies to both be passionate in their studies – and courageous in their research.

Past degrees:

Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russia 2008-2013

University of Toronto, LLM 2013-2014

Queen's University, PhD 2014-2017