Stefanie Carsley, Anne Levesque and Sylvia Rich to join the Faculty as Assistant Professors

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018

Stefanie Carsley, Anne Levesque and Sylvia Rich

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is pleased to announce that Stefanie Carsley, Anne Levesque and Sylvia Rich will join the Faculty as Assistant Professors in July 2019.


Stefanie Carsley

Stefanie Carsley is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She completed her BA and BCL/LLB degrees at McGill University and her LLM at the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Johanne Trudel at the Federal Court of Appeal.  Her research focuses on Canadian law and policy responses to assisted reproduction (in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood and sperm, egg and embryo donation). Her dissertation draws on qualitative interviews with Canadian fertility lawyers to assess the strengths and shortcomings of laws that criminalize paid surrogacy, establish the parentage of children born to surrogate mothers and define the legal status of surrogacy contracts. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Health Law Review, the Dalhousie Law Journal and the Canadian Bar Review. Stefanie is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar and received the Queen’s Fellowship as the highest ranked SSHRC doctoral award recipient entering a Canadian studies program. Previously, she was awarded the University of Toronto’s W.C.G. Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the LLM program. She is also the recipient of several essay prizes: the Donald F. Sim QC Memorial Prize from Sim Ashton & McKay LLP, McGill’s J.S.D. Tory Writing Award and the Regroupement Droit, Changements et Gouvernance’s prize for best publication.   It is expected that Ms. Carsley may teach Family Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Contracts, Property, Reproductive Law and Children and the Law.  Ms. Carsley is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section’s English Program.


Anne Levesque

Anne Levesque studied history and political science before receiving her LLB from the University of Ottawa (Programme de common law français) in 2007.    Anne obtained her Master’s in International Human Rights from Oxford University in 2016. Her research and her publications focus on human rights and public interest litigation.  Anne was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and practised human rights law in private practice and also in a community legal clinic.  She appeared before several administrative tribunals, Canadian courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and regional and international  human rights bodies.  Anne is one of the lawyers who represented the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society in its human rights case leading to a historic victory in 2016 which affirmed the right to equality for more than 165 000 Indigenous children. As the founding Director of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD) at the uOttawa (2014-2018), she participated in the creation of an innovative program of experiential training for law graduates to acquire practice competencies, become involved in their communities and promote access to justice in French. Anne is actively involved in her community. She is currently associated with the Broadbent Institute, co-chair of the National Association of Women and the Law and Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Anne is a member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association President's Award and the 150th Commemorative Medal of the Senate of Canada. It is expected that Ms. Levesque may teach Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Labour / Employment Law, Family Law, National Security, Advocacy, etc. Ms. Levesque is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section's French Program


Sylvia Rich

Sylvia Rich holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, common and civil law degrees from McGill University, and a B.A. from Concordia University.   Her DPhil dissertation was entitled “The Moral Agency of Corporations and its Implications for Criminal Law Theory”.  Dr. Rich received a grant from the Fonds de recherche Québec: Societé et culture to study at Oxford.  She clerked for Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007-2008 and she worked at Ropes & Gray in New York as an associate attorney in 2008-09.   . She has worked in the Canadian federal public service at Environment Canada and Transport Canada.  She has taught courses in jurisprudence and the philosophy of punishment at the University of Oxford. Sylvia’s articles have appeared in Criminal Law and Philosophy and The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Dr. Rich has presented at conferences at Oxford, University of Edinbururgh, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Warwick.  Her research interests lie in the areas of criminal law, corporate malfeasance, philosophy of law, critical legal theory, sociology of law, sentencing, and related topics.   It is expected that Dr. Rich may teach criminal law and procedure, advanced criminal procedure, evidence, competition law, environmental law, business organizations, corporate law (corporate governance/structure), sentencing theory and practice and jurisprudence.  Dr. Rich is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section’s English Program.



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