Common Law Researchers Receive Numerous Internal Grants

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Researchers from the Common Law Section have recently been awarded a number of internal University of Ottawa grants, supporting important projects ranging from a study of how Canadian law applies to cryptocurrencies, to a workshop focused on Canadian-American transboundary water management.

Three researchers have earned funding through the University of Ottawa’s Seed Funding Opportunity (SFO), which supports new researchers, allowing them to generate data and test new ideas.  

Professor Wolfgang Alschner received his SFO grant for a project entitled “Are Investment Arbitrators Rolling Back Treaty Innovation Through Interpretation? An Empirical Investigation”.  The project investigates international arbitration tribunals and how the design of a treaty can affect the interpretive reasoning of arbitrators.

Professor Jamie Liew also received an SFO grant for her project “Legal Barriers to Eliminating Statelessness: The Doctrine of the Exhaustion of Remedies and the Denial of Citizenship in Canada & Malaysia”.  Her research explores the situation of stateless persons in the world, focusing on the legal barriers states use to avoid conferring nationality on stateless persons. The project will examine two states:  Canada and Malaysia.

Professor Florian Martin-Bariteau received an SFO grant for his project “Le statut juridique du bitcoin en droit canadien” (The legal status of Bitcoin in Canadian law), which will seek to unpack various mysteries surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  The goal is to better understand the technology behind these digital currencies in order to ensure that Canadian law is well equipped to deal with these and other socio-economic trends.

Professor Elizabeth Judge received a grant through the University’s Bridge Funding Opportunity (BFO), which provides funding to help established researchers develop future grant applications.  Working alongside Professor Michael Pal, Professor Judge is undertaking a project entitled “Big Data Politics: The Democratic Implications for Privacy and Election Law”.  This research project will investigate the implications for privacy and elections of the use of new technologies and “big data” analytics by political parties, whose informational practices are largely unregulated, despite major implications for voter privacy and democratic inequality between parties.

Two researchers from Common Law also earned funding through the Conference/Workshop on Campus Opportunity (CWCO), which supports researchers in communicating results and sharing knowledge with colleagues from Canada and abroad. 

Professor Penelope Simons will use her grant to support a conference on “Resource Extraction & the Human Rights of Women and Girls”. The conference will seek to identify and critically assess the gendered impacts of both resource extraction and the international and domestic laws and policies governing extractive activities, providing an opportunity for dialogue about legal and policy reform with government representatives and other key stakeholders.

Finally, Professor Jamie Benidickson earned a CWCO grant for a Conference that will explore the experience of the International Joint Commission and its management of the Canada-US transborder watersheds. The conference seeks to inform present and future policy-makers as governments grapple with complicated water quantity, water quality, and climate change problems.

Congratulations to all grant recipients!

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