Kuukuwa Andam

PhD Candidate

Kuukuwa Andam is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her thesis focuses on how female sexual minorities in Ghana are using technology for activism. Her research interests are human rights law, international law, labor and employment law, feminist legal studies, gender and sexuality, and African Studies.

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Ekaterina Antsygina

PhD Candidate

Ekaterina Antsygina joined Queen’s University as a PhD student in September 2017. Her research is devoted to the delimitation of extended continental shelves in the Arctic Ocean. 

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Delano Aragao Vaz

PhD Candidate

Delano is currently a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. As an Ontario Trillium Scholarship holder, he is exploring the intersectionality of law and surveillance. His research focuses on socio-legal issues related to race, colonialism, big data, national security, and (suppression of) dissent.
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Martha Patricia Ballenas Loayza

PhD Candidate

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.

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Cristóbal Caviedes

PhD Candidate

Cristóbal  Caviedes successfully defended his PhD thesis in January 2020 and will convocate in Spring 2020.

Cristóbal is a PhD candidate and international constitutional law researcher at Queen's Law, with the provisional thesis title "On Constitutional Courts’ Voting Rules". He has several publications to his credit, including ones in the American Journal of Jurisprudence and Ius et Praxis.

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Ana Patricia Chuc Gamboa

PhD Candidate

Ana is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her thesis attempts to find better coordination between free trade regulations and the protection and respect of human rights.

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Santino Dau

PhD

Santino Dau successfully defended and convocated with a PhD from Queen's Law in the fall of 2018.

Santino Dau has had a diverse teaching experience including assisting with a Labor and Employment Law course at Queen’s University and working as a seasonal instructor at the Royal Military College (RMC). Santino holds an LLM from Dalhousie University and has received the Queen’s University Faculty of Law Student Award (2016-2017) and the Robert Sutherland Fellowship (2014-2015).

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Alicia Elias-Roberts

PhD Candidate

Alicia Elias-Roberts is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her thesis focuses on petroleum activities in disputed maritime areas and a positivist approach to international law.

Alicia served in academia for over 18 years and was the Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and was a former Head of Department of Law at the University of Guyana.

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Wondwossen Firew

PhD Candidate

Prior to becoming a Mastercard Foundation Fellow and joining Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2019, Wondwossen Firew held a position as an Assistant Professor of Law at the School of Law of University of Gondar for 10 years. In addition to his academic post, he served the School of Law as its Dean. During the past six years, he held an administrative position, in addition to his academic position.

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Rory Fowler

PhD Candidate

Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Rory Fowler retired from the Canadian Forces after having served for nearly 28 years, first as an infantry officer with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and subsequently as a Legal Officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General. In the latter role, Rory worked extensively in the area of Public and Administrative Law as both a legal advisor and educator. Among other positions, Rory served as the Director of Law – Compensation, Benefits, Pensions & Estates and the Director of Law – Administrative Law.

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Maseeh Haseeb

PhD Candidate

Haseeb is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. His thesis focuses on the political genealogy of Canadian national security discourse. In particular, this research explores the emergence of national security in Canada to investigate how race has been historically embedded in political practices of national security from the 19th to 21st century. 

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Michele Leering

PhD Candidate

Michele is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her thesis documents the imperatives for legal education reform, specifically the contribution of “Reflective Practice” as a professional learning theory of benefit to legal educators, law students, and legal practitioners. Her research compares approaches in Canadian and Australian law schools in traditional law and experiential learning courses.

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Hiwot Mekuanent

PhD Candidate

Hiwot joined the Queen's University Faculty of Law in September 2018. She will be applying her doctoral work at Queen’s Law to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. Admitted into the school’s PhD program as an “exceptional faculty leader” from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, she has received a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at Queen’s University to complete her studies. Hiwot’s research focuses on why Ethiopia still has disability discriminatory legal and institutional frameworks against international human rights standards.
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Ryan Minor

PhD Candidate

Ryan is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. His primary research area concerns the use of the tax system to stimulate research and development in Canada.  His thesis concerns the potential for Canada to enact a "patent box" under which firms that develop qualifying intellectual property are encouraged to commercialize the IP worldwide from Canada by a low tax rate.  Patent boxes are common in Europe and empirical work on the effectiveness of such regimes is sparse.
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Abayomi Okubote

PhD Candidate

Abayomi is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. His thesis focuses on third-party funding (TPF) in International Arbitration and proposes a harmonized framework for the regulation of TPF.

Abayomi Okubote worked in Olaniwun Ajayi LP (a top tier commercial law firm in Nigeria) and has garnered almost 10 years’ experience in dispute resolution. At Olaniwun Ajayi LP, he was part of the teams that represented multinational and domestic corporations in commercial law disputes. He has advised government agencies on several cutting-edge projects in Africa.

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Sarojini Persaud

PhD candidate

Saro is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her work at Queen's Law pertains to the impact of tax administration agreements, between select First Nations and the Canada Revenue Agency, on First Nations self-governance and self-determination.

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Ksenia Polonskaya

PhD

Ksenia Polonskaya successfully defended and convocated with a PhD from Queen's Law in the fall of 2018.

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João Rocha

PhD Candidate

João Carlos Vieira Costa Cavalcanti Rocha is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. His dissertation explores the normative democratic theory and constitutional law, including comparative perspectives.

He obtained an LLM at Queen’s University in 2019. His thesis revolved around an authoritarian era in the history of Brazil – the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas – and its relationship with anti-liberal legal thought.

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Aleksandra Smith

PhD Candidate

Aleksandra joined Queen’s University in September 2018 to pursue doctorate studies in law. Her thesis focuses on humankind as subject of international environmental law, examining questions of equity, common duty and participation. Prior to Queen’s, she received a Jurist degree (Russian State Social University), LLB (University of London) and LLM (McGill University). She also practiced law in the marketing industry in Moscow and in international civil aviation in Kingston, Jamaica. While in Montréal, Aleksandra interned at the United Nations’ specialized agency (ICAO).
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Bekele Worku

PhD Candidate

Bekele joined Queen’s Faculty of Law PhD program in September 2018. His thesis focus is on International Human Rights Law. Bekele is conducting a scholarly examination on issues regarding the proper implementation of the rules and principles enshrined in the international human rights instruments Ethiopia ratified, with a provisional title "Ethiopian Legal and Institutional Mechanisms for the Enforcement of the Right of Education of the Disabled under International Law".
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