Climate change adaptation policy and practice: country case-study

The project will focus on a case-study of adaptation across scales in a single country (likely the applicant's country of origin). The project is guided by the following research questions: What does adaptation look like in regions with limited formal and institutional reporting of adaptation action? In these regions, is adaptation absent, or is it occurring outside of governmental institutions (i.e. private industry or civil society)? At what scales and in what sectors is adaptation occurring, and what are the characteristics of adaptation stimuli and action?

Human Rights, Drug-related Violence and Democracy in Mexico

This project will examine forced disappearances in Mexico in the context of electoral democracy and militarization. According to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, forced or enforced disappearance refers to the involvement of state authorities in the arrest, detention, abduction of people in the form of authorization, support or acquiescence.

Customary International Law Norms on Indigenous Rights in Comparative Case Law

This research project is part of a larger research programme on Indigenous rights in constitutional and international law. Within this particular project, the faculty member is examining decisions of different domestic courts that bear on customary international law on Indigenous rights.

Regulating Innovation: Law and the Creative District

We will investigate the relationship between law and innovation in our newly globalized era. We will draw on well-documented innovative districts in Montreal and Silicon Valley to assess how law promotes or hinders such innovation. We will consider emerging initiatives such as the Blueseed startup community, which is a proposed un-regulated innovation zone to be located in international waters in order to avoid national regulatory compliance regimes.

China Green Powerhouse

This documentary film on environmental policy in china is an international collaboration with Dr. Wang Xi, the director of the Institute of Environmental and Resource Law at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. Dr. Wang Xi has worked on the amendment to China’s Environmental Law in 2014. This policy-driven research is innovative in its methodological approach to environmental policy, and Canada-China foreign relations in the context of climate change. This research investigates recent efforts to improve China’s environmental protection regulations.

The Evolving Legal Services Research Project

How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.

Système automatisé de conformité

Le projet vise à concevoir un système informatique en mode Saas (Software as a service) qui permette de réaliser de façon automatique et autonome le diagnostic des processus d’une PME pour vérifier son niveau de conformité à une réglementation, la production de recommandations personnalisées en fonction de l’entreprise, de ses besoins, de ses processus et de son contexte d’affaires, la certification de conformité après l’implémentation des recommandations.

Accounting for policy transfer in Canadian asylum policy, 1999-2012

In the context of the intern’s postdoctoral project, the research project aims to examine the correlation between the restrictiveness of a reform and the likeliness of its transfer using the IMPALA database. To this aim, the intern, after having received appropriate training, will incorporate the relevant regulatory framework in the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) database. The IMPALA database includes a wider range of regulatory documents than existing databases, with primary and secondary legislation, administrative directives and relevant case law.

Regulating Geothermal Energy in Alberta

In Alberta geothermal resources exist that companies want to exploit for power and direct heat.Currently, there is no licensing and permitting process that allows these companies to exploit the existing geothermal resources. The aim of this project is to explore means through which legislative amendments or new legislation could facilitate and enable a licensing/permitting the process (Thus, allowing the industry to develop). Prior to making any conclusions about suggested legislative changes the aim is to first look at the overall context existing in Alberta i.e.

Designing Social Value Architecture for Social Ventures

Tyze Personal Networks Ltd. ( is a for-profit, social venture business interested in designing infrastructure that supports its dual goal of achieving social and economic value. In partnership with Vancity Savings Credit Union, Tyze would like to continue to explore a variety of potential avenues identified in the initial phase of research to support its mandate, including the legal implementation of changes to its constating documents, as well as the development of a consensus-driven statement of objectives and annual benefit report.