Professor Adelle Blackett awarded research fellowship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation


Published: 20Sep2016

The Faculty of Law is proud to announce that Professor Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., has been awarded a research fellowship by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. This prestigious prize, which is valued at $225,000, recognizes public intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences who venture beyond the boundaries of their disciplines to find new solutions to complex issues of major importance to Canadians.  

Drawing on her scholarship on and advocacy for social justice, notably domestic and migrant workers’ rights, Professor Adelle Blackett will develop case studies, lead high-level discussions and formulate recommendations on the role of transnational labour law in a globally interconnected world.

“I’m thrilled to see Adelle Blackett’s path-breaking research and advocacy regarding social justice honoured and supported in this way. I know she will contribute richly to the vibrant Trudeau Foundation community and alter our understanding of transnational labour law,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “More broadly, that she is the fifth McGill law professor to receive a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship testifies to our Faculty’s exceptional research strength and sustained commitment to transformative public engagement.”

A William Dawson Chair at McGill University, Professor Blackett directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) at McGill, and is involved in a number of collaborative research projects in Canada and internationally.  She has been an independent expert on international standard setting and law reform initiatives for the International Labour Organization, and has served on the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission for seven years.  In 2014, the Barreau du Québec presented her with its Christine Tourigny Award of Merit in recognition of her social commitment and her contributions to the advancement of women, and in 2015 the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers awarded her its Pathfinder Award for her significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large.

About the Trudeau Fellowships

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowships were established in 2003 to encourage original initiatives and innovative projects that would not necessarily receive support through traditional funding mechanisms. Nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel, Trudeau fellows come from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, and their research deals with one or more of the Foundation’s four key themes.

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Photo: courtesy of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.