The spring and summer seasons of 2018 will bring two researchers to the LLDRL, in collaboration with the O’Brien Fellowship Program administered by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at the Faculty of Law.
Professor Radha D'Souza
From March through June 2018, the LLDRL will welcome O’Brien Fellow Professor Radha D’Souza. Radha D’Souza is a critical scholar, activist, barrister and writer, who has lived and worked in India, New Zealand and the UK. She is currently a Reader in Law at the University of Westminster. Her research straddles legal studies, development studies, sociology, geography, theory, comparative philosophy, and history. D’Souza’s work is well-known for its interdisciplinary breadth and for critically engaging theories and practices within social movements.
Her book Contextualising Interstate Disputes Over Krishna Waters: Law, Science and Imperialism (Orient Longman India, 2006) is perhaps the only major critical work on interstate disputes over rivers within a federal constitution in a developing country context. Her work brings to light the legal, institutional, scientific, technological, and historical dimensions of the ongoing conflicts over Krishna waters in India. Her recent book What’s Wrong with Rights? Social Movements, Law and Liberal Imaginations (Pluto, 2018) maps for the first time the transformations in the regime of international rights to the transformations in post-World War capitalism.
Professor Lorena Poblete
From April through July 2018, the LLDRL will welcome O'Brienf Fellow Dr. Lorena Poblete. Lorena Poblete is a researcher at Argentina’s National Research Council (CIS-CONICET/IDES) and Associate Professor at the National University of San Martín (IDAES-UNSAM). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and a DEA in Ethnology and Anthropology from the same university, and a Master's in Social Sciences from FLACSO (Argentina). She was a visiting scholar at Université de Lille 1 (France), Frei Universitat Berlin (Germany) and Princeton University (US). Her research is broadly focused on labour regulations, social security regimes and labour institutions. Currently, she is working on a project about formalization policies in Argentina. In particular, the project focuses on policies concerning atypical workers such as self-employed workers and paid domestic workers.
Since 2014, Lorena Poblete has participated in various activities organized by the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory at McGill, and authored a working paper entitled “New Rights, Old Protection: The New Regulation for Domestic Workers in Argentina.” During her fellowship, Dr. Poblete will be collaborating with Professor Adelle Blackett on new research on the enforcement of domestic workers’ labour rights in Argentina, in continuity with past research on this theme conducted through the LLDRL on South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire.