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Sherbrooke, QC, J1K 0A5



Sophie Audette-Chapdelaine

Co-founder of the Laboratory, Sophie is currently a doctoral student in law at Université de Sherbrooke. Anthropologist and jurist, she graduated both in law (McGill University 2002-2006) and in anthropology (McGill University 2003-2006, Université Laval 2010-2012). Her current research interests include maternity, perinatality, alternative approaches to children learning as well as health. She is also interested in anthropological, theoretical and methodological approaches in law, as well as in the creation of collaborative and multidisciplinary spaces facilitating the free sharing and co-construction of knowledge.

Marie-Claude Desjardins


Marie-Claude is professor at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke, since 2011. Her doctoral thesis, conducted jointly at Laval University and the University of Bordeaux, was devoted to the analysis of fair trade certification from a legal perspective. Her doctoral research led her to study social and environmental standards in certified fair-trade vineyards in Chile, South Africa and Argentina. It focused primarily on private qualifications, corporate social and environmental responsibility, consumer law, international labour law as well as access to justice. 


Véronique Fortin

Véronique is professor at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke. In 2015, she completed a PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled Taking the Law to the Streets: Legal and Spatial Tactics Deployed in Public Spaces to Control Protesters and the Homeless in Montreal, studied the mobilization of municipal law to control marginalized peoples in Montreal. Her ethnographic approach led her to work closely with both homeless people and protesters who had received statements of offense for their occupation of public space in Montreal. Her current research interests include the criminalization of marginalized peoples, penal control of public space and ethnographic methods in law.

Diego Machado

Diego is a lawyer, native of Colombia, and holder of a master's degree in applied international law and international policy from the University of Sherbrooke. He is a master's student at the same university. In his research project, he is interested in the role of the law and the concept of nation-state as the instrument of legitimization of the hegemonic power of capital, in particular, in the case of Canadian mining in Latin America. His fields of interest also include international law, critical theory, French postmodern philosophy, anthropology and legal sociology.

Finn Makela

Finn has been a member of the Québec Bar since 2005 and Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke, since 2009. He was Director of programs Common Law and Transnational Law from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, he practiced law for several years in a firm in Montreal, where he worked in the areas of labour and employment law, administrative law and human rights. In addition to representing individuals and trade unions before the courts, he acted as a trainer at several trade union centers.


Hélène Mayrand

Co-founder of the Laboratory and professor of Law at the University of Sherbrooke, Hélène's research focuses on the issue of environmental protection in the Arctic in the context of climate change. Developing a critical approach to international law, she is interested in the limits and possibilities of using law to protect the Arctic environment, particularly with respect to oil and gas, maritime transport, the rights of indigenous peoples and biodiversity. She is also interested in developing critical theories of law, the relationship between law and politics, specifically the legitimacy of law, the rule of law and the reciprocal relationship that the state must maintain with its citizens.

Derek McKee

Derek is professor and director of programs in Common Law and Transnational Law at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke. Professor McKee's research interests are primarily in the areas of administrative law as well as the transnational aspects of domestic regulation. He completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Internationalism and Global Governance in Canadian Public Law" at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He obtained his common law and civil law degrees from McGill University. He holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts and social anthropology from Harvard University. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006-07.

Pierre Pariseau-Legalut

Pierre is a professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. As a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke (nursing degree, Master's degree in law and health policy), he is currently completing his doctoral studies in nursing at the University of Ottawa. His research interests target the interactions between the fields of law and psychiatry, specifically the study of the processes of marginalization and social exclusion. His research explores the questions of identity and self-determination in the context of disability and mental illness, and the influence of law on the legitimacy of health interventions.

Benoit Péloquin


Benoit is a Master's student at the University of Sherbrooke. His research interests are, among others, general theories of law, philosophy of law and questions of normativity and reflexivity within the legal system. As part of his research, he is particularly interested in the topic of resistance and civil disobedience in the specific context of student protests in Quebec in 2012, as well as general issues of current social upheavals.



Alexandra Popovici

Alexandra is a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke. Using critical and comparative perspectives, her work focuses on fundamental institutions of private law. A graduate of the Transsystemic Program of McGill University, she is also holds an LL.M. and an LL.D. from Laval University, as well as a B.A. in comparative literature and cinema from the University of Montreal. Member of the Barreau du Québec since 2009, she served as a law clerk at the Court of Appeal of Quebec (2008–2010) after having been the Assistant Director for the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law (2007–2008). Her work today focuses on the social functions of private law, more particularly on the notion of power and new ways of holding property.


Sabrina Tremblay-Huet

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Co-founder of the Laboratory, Sabrina is a doctoral candidate in law at the University of Sherbrooke (LL.D.). She holds a Master’s degree in international law (LL.M.) from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law (B.A.) from the same university. Her research interests are mainly critical legal theory, international human rights law (especially in the Inter-American context), tourism law, the "law and literature approach," and animal law. Her thesis research concerns the international and national law applicable to all-inclusive tourism in the Caribbean, using a Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) analytical perspective.





Associate members

Mathieu Devinat

Nicholas Thiffault