Co-founder of the Laboratory, Sophie is a doctoral student in law at the University of Sherbrooke. As an anthropologist and jurist, she holds degrees in law (McGill University 2002-2006) and in cultural and social anthropology (McGill University 2003-2006, Laval University 2010-2012). Her fields of interest include legal and knowledge anthropology, educational law, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, research methodology and critical theories. Her doctoral thesis consists of an exploration of the articulations between normative structures (formal and informal) and the existence of specific conceptions of knowledge. She is interested in the creation of collaboration spaces that facilitate the open sharing and co-construction of knowledge.
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Véronique is professor at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke. In 2015, she completed a PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society at 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.
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 the 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, rule of law and the reciprocal relationship that the state must maintain with its citizens.
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.
Co-founder of the Laboratory, Sabrina is currently a doctoral student at the University of Sherbrooke. Her research interest are mainly international law, human rights within the Americas, the theory of law, and animal law. Her doctoral thesis consists of an exploration of the international norms relating to human rights and applicable to all-inclusive tourism in the Caribbean region, from a postcolonial theoretical standpoint.
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.
Diego is a lawyer native of Colombia, graduate of a master's degree in International law and international policy applied in 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 the capital, in particular, in the case of the Canadian mining in Latin America. His fields of interest also include the international law, the critical theory, the French postmodern philosophy, the anthropology and the legal sociology.
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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.