Current PhD Students

ChristinaChristina Catenacci
Christina earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Windsor, and her Master of Laws at York University. She is currently attending the University of Western Ontario to earn a PhD in Law. Her research topic involves privacy in the workplace.

JonathanJonathan de Vries
Jonathan’s research focus is on the tort liability of public agencies, with a particular focus on the building and land-use regulation jurisdictions of Canadian municipalities.  His work encompasses both critiques of existing law in these areas, as well as proposals for practical reforms and theoretical reconceptualization.  Jonathan obtained his Juris Doctor and his Master of Laws from Western, and he is currently a partner in a civil litigation firm in London, Ontario.

LisaLisa Macklem
Lisa is a scholarship fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation for the 2015/2016 session. Her Canadian JD is with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Information Technology and her American LLM is with a specialization in Entertainment and Media law. She is on the editorial board of The Journal of Fandom Studies and previously was a student editor and then a member of the alumni editorial board for the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law. Her dissertation is on the regulation of digital content on the Internet with a focus on the entertainment industry. Among the issues that she studies are International law, trade and UN regulatory frameworks, telecommunications regulations, technology law, human rights implications, and Intellectual Property law, particularly copyright.

JennyJenny Poon
Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. in Laws at Western University, Jenny completed her articles at a general practice firm in Markham, Ontario. Jenny has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Juris Doctor from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Jenny will be examining the Dublin Rules as an asylum transfer process tool in the European Union and seeing whether the Dublin Rules adhere to the principle of non-refoulement. Jenny’s research will involve a comparative analysis on the United Kingdom and Germany European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union case law as well as exploring whether European Union case law informs international refugee law and vice versa.

KirstenKirsten Stefanik
Kirsten currently holds a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Kirsten received her BA from the University of British Columbia and her LLM from Western Law. Her current research focuses on non-state actor involvement in non-international conflicts. This study explores different approaches used by various international and non-governmental organizations to engage armed groups for the purposes of educating and promoting compliance with the law applicable to the conflicts to which they are parties. This study also seeks the views of former members of armed groups. Through their voices, this research seeks a greater and more nuanced understanding of: the familiarity of these armed groups with international humanitarian law; opinions they have regarding their interactions with international or non-governmental organizations on international humanitarian law issues; and their views on how this law affected their or other members of their group’s actions during conflict.

Shirley Wales
Shirley Wales is a lawyer, adjudicator, and educator. She obtained her LLB from the University of Toronto, and her LLM in ADR from Osgoode. Her research on dispute resolution systems relates to her work as an adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools survivors and as a member of the Consent and Capacity Board. Professor Michael Coyle is her thesis supervisor.