Four uOttawa Faculty of Law PhD candidates receive appointments as Assistant Professors

Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Frankie Young, Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny, Suzie Dunn, Robin Whitehead

We are delighted to congratulate the following students, all current PhD candidates in the uOttawa Faculty of Law, on their appointments for the 2021-22 academic year.

Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny has joined Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies. Cloutier de Repentigny is finishing their PhD at the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability. Their current research projects can be roughly divided into three permeable categories:

  1. Marine Biodiversity and the Law
  2. Trans Access to Justice
  3. Legal implications of the Anthropocene.

In addition to their research on Transgender rights and access to justice, Cloutier de Repentigny is also the co-chair of JusticeTrans, an NGO dedicated to access to justice for trans people in Canada.

Suzie Dunn has joined the Faculty at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law.  Dunn is an Associate member of the uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Her doctoral research on digital misrepresentations and deepfakes as a form of gender-based violence, won her the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship.

Suzie Dunn holds a J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. She is actively engaged in the law and technology community and is deeply committed to equality issues. Currently, Dunn is working on a two-year research project aimed at combating online gender-based violence internationally at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where she is a Senior Fellow.

Robin Whitehead has joined the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University.  Whitehead’s doctoral research focuses on police use of force against persons who experience mental health disability and addresses the challenges inherent in accommodating disability in the context of policing. She is a member of the British Columbia bar and has recently held an analyst position with the Library of Parliament.

Frankie Young has joined the Faculty at Ryerson University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Young is passionate about education around the legal, socio-political, and economic issues that impact the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Her research explores how to provide a pathway for Indigenous communities to become self-sustaining though various economic development initiatives, more particularly how Indigenous communities can improve socio-economic well-being without compromising culture, law and tradition. To this end, her research asserts the legitimacy of Indigenous laws in Canada, a legally pluralistic state.


2021-10-13 Editor’s Update:

Another of our exceptional PhD students was also awarded a teaching position recently, PhD candidate Katie Szilagyi has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Robson Hall, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, on July 1, 2021. 

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