‘Research Profile’ posts
Ph.D. candidate Stefan Pauer is a climate policy professional with several years of experience in policy analysis and development. His interdisciplinary research draws on political science and economics as well as law, with a strong focus on producing research that is useful for practitioners involved in policy-making. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a Policy Officer at the European Commission on the European Union’s cap-and-trade system, which forms the cornerstone of the EU’s policy to combat climate change.
Ivona loves the freedom of discovery offered by academic research and the process of thinking about the law, of exploring ideas, and of making unexpected connections. Her main area of research is competition law, and she adopts a comparative approach to the issues she studies. As she has a keen interest in the broader implications of competition policy on business strategy, her work is informed to a large extent by economic theory, especially by industrial organization scholarship.
Elspeth Kaiser-Derrick was awarded SSHRC support for her doctoral work. For her PhD dissertation, supervised by Dr. Emma Cunliffe, she will analyze court transcripts and other official records pertaining to the incarceration of women. She will examine the cycle through which prison as an institution engenders distress in women, whose coping mechanisms may then be treated with greater punitiveness by correctional authorities.
In addition to his doctoral work on mitigation, Krish has also researched and published on issues relating to promissory estoppel and the effective regulation of exclusion clauses, and worked on a wider range of issues in private law including anti-trust, agency, fiduciary duties, estoppel, and taxation during his time at the bar in New Zealand, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Sarah Pike, who joined the LL.M. program in 2016, has embarked on a study of the work and influence of one of the first B.C. Indian Reserve Commissioners, Gilbert Malcolm Sproat (1834-1913). Her work is supported by the Law Society of British Columbia Scholarship for Graduate Legal Studies (2016) and by the Allard Legal History Graduate Scholarship (2016).
Lachlin’s doctoral dissertation uses multi-level qualitative and quantitative analysis to attempt to determine if, after an insurer pays out a damage award, they make the wrongdoer ‘pay’ for their negligence in some fashion. This would include tactics such as the insurer refusing to pay for future claims arising from similar negligence, increasing the amount that the insurer charges for coverage, or requiring training to avoid that particular kind of negligence.
Magda’s research was inspired to some extent by her reflections on how her own legal education has shaped her career path, professional identity and practices. After law school, she articled and practiced labour and employment law for five years in Vancouver before deciding to leave practice in pursuit of an academic career. Her choice to chart a new career path took much deliberation about what impact she wanted to make through her work.
In her current undertaking in the research-based LLM at the University of British Columbia, inspired by her research work with Saskia Hufnagel on Women in International Policing, predominantly in the European context, Maira Hassan aspires now to dive into the Canadian perspective of women in peacekeeping under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Perrin.