Martha Patricia Ballenas Loayza is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University.  Her thesis focuses on the religious-conscientious exemption as a guarantee of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

Patricia has worked as an Associate Professor in the National Academy for Judges and Prosecutors - National Government of Peru. Patricia has also worked as a Legal Affairs Manager for Financiera Confianza, a company of the BBVA Foundation.

Patricia holds a master’s degree in Constitutional Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and has received the Daniel Soberman Ph.D. Scholarship for Constitutional Law (2017-2018), the International Tuition Award (2017-2018) and the Queen’s University Graduate Awards (2017-2018).

Patricia has practiced law for more than 15 years in both the public and private sectors and has been a member of (bar association name) since (year). Patricia has combined legal practice with different leadership workshops, such as the “Adaptive Leadership Course and Design Thinking”, at Universidad del Pacifico (Peru). Her previous studies have been in a variety of fields including Philosophy, Theology, Social Doctrine and Cannon Law.

Recent Professional Achievements

Featured Conference Presentations:

“The Unconsciousness in the Assessment of the Conscientious Objection”. Paper presented at the University of Ottawa Graduate Students in Law Association Conference, University of Ottawa, 2018.

“Can We Justify Culturally Differentiated Rights? An Insight to the Peruvian Case.” Paper presented at the Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students Conference, York University, Ontario, 2018.