Marianne Quirouette, a postdoctoral fellow who will be joining the Faculty of Law this fall to work with the Civil Law Section’s Professor Marie-Eve Sylvestre, has been awarded a distinguished Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). As one of only 23 winners selected through a highly competitive national and international competition, this honour marks Ms. Quirouette as an emerging researcher of exceptionally high quality.
The Banting Fellowship Program aims to attract the highest level of postdoctoral talent from Canada and abroad, developing leadership potential to position its recipients as tomorrow’s leaders in social sciences research. As a rising star in criminology and socio-legal studies with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Toronto, Ms. Quirouette was ranked 2nd out of 157 applications in the Banting competition – a truly impressive achievement. The Fellowship will award her $70,000 per year over two years.
Working alongside Professor Sylvestre, Ms. Quirouette’s research will address the legal representation of marginalized people in the criminal justice system, with a focus on the specific role played by defence lawyers who interact with poor and marginalized people in lower courts. This research is highly original and important in the fields of criminal law and criminology, and is likely to have a tremendous impact on criminal justice in Canada and internationally. In addition to contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field, this new project is also very timely and innovative in the current political and legal context, and will have an impact among academics, law reformers, and community groups who work closely with defence lawyers.
Ms. Quirouette will receive an office at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, a vibrant community of professors, researchers and students from law, social sciences and arts, including the Gordon Henderson postdoctoral fellow in residence. While working at uOttawa, she will benefit from connections with the legal community as well as community groups with whom Professor Sylvestre has long-standing working relationships.
Congratulations to Ms. Quirouette on this special achievement!