Welcome, new law profs!

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Gazette will introduce some of the interesting new professors on campus. First up, new faces in the Faculty of Law (Common Law and Civil Law sections).

Common Law

Y.Y. Brandon Chen holds both a master’s of social work and a juris doctor from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor of science from Emory University. He is completing a doctor of juridical science degree at the University of Toronto and has been a licensed lawyer in Ontario since 2011.

His research interests lie primarily at the meeting point between health care and international migration, exploring how this affects the struggle for social justice. He has published in academic journals and popular media on subjects such as migrant health care, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS and the right to health. He is a board member of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness.

Kyle Kirkup holds a doctorate of juridical science from the University of Toronto, a master of laws from Yale University, a juris doctor from uOttawa and a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University. He has taught constitutional law at Western University and worked at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto.

His research explores the role of constitutional, criminal and family law in regulating contemporary norms of gender identity and sexuality. A frequent media contributor, he has written recently on solitary confinement in federal prisons, transgender human rights issues and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. He served as principal investigator for a two-year study commissioned by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police titled Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario and is a member of the Egale Canada legal issues committee.


Tracey Lindberg holds law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (LLB) and Harvard University (LLM), and earned her doctorate at uOttawa. She won the 2007 Governor General’s Gold Medal for her dissertation, Critical Indigenous Legal Theory. For more than a decade, she has taught during the Faculty’s January term, a session in which students focus intensively on one course for three weeks. After 20 years at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where she was Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, Legal Orders and Laws, Lindberg starts at uOttawa full-time this fall.

A citizen of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation, Lindberg conducts research into traditional Indigenous governments, Cree laws and the translation between Canadian and Indigenous laws, Indigenous women and legal advocacy, and activism by and for Indigenous peoples. Her acclaimed debut novel, Birdie, was published in 2015.

Civil Law

Thomas Burelli graduated from Université Toulouse I, and then received a double degree in civil and common law from that university in partnership with University College Dublin. He subsequently completed a master’s of law at the University of Ottawa and a master’s of health law at the Université de Paris VIII. He is currently completing a cotutelle doctorate at the University of Ottawa and the Université de Perpignan.

His research focuses on environmental law, environmental law, and research ethics and law. Beginning in January 2017, he will teach a course in international environmental law. Later, he will teach European law.

Pascale Cornut St-Pierre is a graduate of McGill University (BCL/LLB) and the Université de Montréal (BA and MA in philosophy). She is currently completing a doctorate at the law school of Paris’ Science Po university. Her thesis looks at the role of legal work in contemporary financial innovation.

Her areas of interest include business, finance and corporate law, the sociology of law, law and economic globalization, philosophy, critical approaches to law and the worlds of legal thought and argumentation. She will give courses in corporate law.

Audrey Ferron Parayre received a master’s in community health and preventive medicine from Université Laval. She is currently completing a doctorate at the Université de Montréal, looking at health care law, in particular, consent to health care.

Her areas of interest and expertise include health care law and policy, interdisciplinarity, knowledge transfer, human rights and personal freedom, psychological approaches to law, and professional responsibility. She will give courses in health care and family law.

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