Five Common Law Students Receive 2017 UROP Grants

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Five Common Law students are among those to receive grants from the University of Ottawa’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for 2017.

The UROP provides undergraduate students with unique and exciting opportunities to explore cutting-edge research at the University of Ottawa while they define their professional goals.  By participating in UROP, a student receives a $1,000 award and devotes, during one academic term, at least 50 hours to a research project conducted by the faculty sponsor he or she has chosen.  Each faculty sponsor receives $500 in research funds to support his or her involvement in the program.

Under the guidance of Professor Suzanne Bouclin, JD student Sarah Mack will undertake a project entitled “The Mentoring Needs of Marginalized Law Students.”  This research aims to ascertain the most immediate mentoring needs of female students of a working-class or working poor background and racialized students, two groups of law students that have historically faced unique barriers in developing mentoring relationships. The work will ultimately be used to help develop meaningful guidelines for professors.

Common Law student Sarah Quayyum, under the supervision of Professor Y.Y. Brandon Chen, will explore how the federal government should deal with prostitution in a project entitled “Legal Regulation of Prostitution in Canada from a Health-Focused Perspective.” The research will look at recent legal decisions concerning certain aspects of sex work, noting that prostitution persists despite criminalization efforts. Ms. Quayyam will examine how Canada’s penal regime affects the health of sex workers and how this could differ under a non-criminal based regulatory approach to prostitution.

Professor Florian Martin-Bariteau will supervise JD student Roxanne Alam, who will undertake a project related to 3D printing technology.  As this fledgling technology grows, it is becoming increasingly important to identify specific intellectual property concerns related to copyright, patents, trademarks and industrial designs, in particular for personal or educational use. When the technology is not being used for commercial purposes, what intellectual property laws are applicable?  This research will explore and help to define a new legal framework for 3D printing.

Finally, Professor Joao Velloso will supervise two Common Law UROP students, Lara Dagher and Zain Dar, for a project examining what constitutes a crime in the immigration regime. Almost all deportation decisions made by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) are not accessible through legal databases and can only be reached through IRB internal databases. This makes it hard to evaluate what kinds of offences are processed as “criminal” in the immigration tribunal. The goal of this project is to analyze the decisions on grounds of criminality in order to build a chart with the reasons and the distribution of different kinds of offences committed by foreigners facing deportation procedures.

Congratulations to all students and professors involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program!

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