Dr. Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati completed her DPhil in Law in which she examined the rights of the girl child in international law under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Herring. She also holds bachelors of civil law and common law (B.C.L./LL.B. McGill University 2003), an LL.M. in Human Rights (King’s College London 2004), and studied French civil law as well as European law at the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Certificat supérieur de droit français 2001-2002). Clara is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada (2012) and a member of the Ontario Bar Association as well as the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law. She was previously Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto.

Clara worked as Project Officer at the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence (Italy) within the Implementation of International Standards Unit and conducted research with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the OHCHR, governments and the private sector. While at UNICEF, she contributed to publications on law reform, violence against children, corporate social responsibility, child labour, Ombuds for children and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She also co-authored the UN Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (2009). Prior to this, she directed the Canadian Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Research Study at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in Montreal (Canada), which led to the Strategic Action Plan for the Protection of Victims of Child Trafficking (2007). She articled at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) within the Prosecution division of the Office of the Prosecutor and clerked at the Court of Quebec in Montreal as well as the Tribunal de Bobigny in Paris (France). While studying at McGill, she completed a legal clinic at the Dans la Rue organization serving street youth in Montreal.

Clara published articles on international law, human rights, criminal law, discrimination law, the semiotics of law, children’s rights and feminist legal theory. She gave conferences and seminars in Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver), Italy (Florence, Bari, Rome, Naples and Turin), Switzerland (Geneva) and the United Kingdom (Oxford). She is presently Assistant Professor in Law and Business at the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.

Languages: French, English, Portuguese and Italian



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International Law, Comparative Law, Business Law and Human Rights, Semiotics of Law, Ethics, Labour Law, Child Rights, Family Law, Intersectionality Theory, Feminist Legal Theory


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