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Legal scholars among Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellows

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:54 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Law professors from the Université du Québec and the University of Toronto are among the 2017 fellowship recipients from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

The foundation names up to five fellows each year and grants them each $225,000 over three years. Fellows are humanities and social science researchers who are chosen based on their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing Canada and the world.

Bernard Duhaime, an international law and human rights professor at the Université du Québec's faculty of law, will undertake a project titled "Partnering with the Americas to protect human rights and engage in reconciliation." Some of the goals of the project include making recommendations for Canadian authorities — specifically Global Affairs, Canada's permanent mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Commission — and for Canadian stakeholders and creating an inter-American network between Canadian and Latin-American actors.

Audrey Macklin, a professor at the University of Toronto's faculty of law and its chair in human rights law earned her fellowship for studying refugee sponsorship. Her project is "Re-settler society: Making and remaking citizenship through private refugee sponsorship." She hopes to provide a theoretical and historical foundation for the inquiry into current practices of private sponsorship of Syrian refugees since late 2015; document and analyze the characteristics, motivations, experiences, and perceptions of individual refugee sponsors; and create a transnational network for individual and civil society sponsors in various countries, including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.

Karen Bakker 
isn't a faculty of law member. She is a professor in University of British Columbia (UBC)'s geography department and holds the title of Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology. Bakker is also the founding director and current co-director of the Program on Water Governance, which is an interdisciplinary collaborative team studying issues such as water security, water privatization and Indigenous water governance. The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project is one of the Program on Water Governance's projects. Her fellowship is "Unceded waters: Indigenous water governance in Canada" which is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. She expects to co-organize and co-host a learning-from-the-land Water Bush Camp; to produce a co-edited book titled Decolonizing water; to create a free, accessible online portal associated with the book; and to implement a communications strategy designed to maximize public engagement.