LawDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Valerie Oosterveld
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I chose Western for the opportunity to work with world-renowned international legal scholars, specifically Dr. Valerie Oosterveld, who is an expert in international criminal law and gender issues.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I am the President of the Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) at Western Law. As President of the GLSA, I am primarily responsible for looking after graduate student interests. I also have voting rights on the Faculty Council and the Graduate Program Committee.
Describe your research.
Using a doctrinal approach, my thesis undertakes a comparative analysis of how the United Kingdom and Germany address the international legal principle of non-refoulement in their legislation concerning asylum seekers. I focus upon the United Kingdom and Germany because they are two of the largest asylum-receiving countries in the European Union during the time period under consideration. As such, their practices with respect to non-refoulement affect large numbers of asylum applicants and also likely influence how other countries interpret the non-refoulement obligation.
What is your “dream” career?
My dream career would be to work as a legal advisor at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Division of International Protection.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice for someone applying to Western Law’s graduate programs is to first do some research to see whether there is a supervisor at Western who is able to supervise their research. I would also advise prospective students to contact current graduate students who may be able to speak to the program and the general atmosphere of being a graduate student at Western.
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One of the primary aims of the program is to prepare promising scholars for careers as legal academics. Graduates of the PhD program will also be well positioned for the workplace in the private practice of law, business, the government or various Canadian and international non-governmental organizations that focus on law and legal policy.
The PhD program trains future leaders and scholars who will have a broad understanding of key theoretical frameworks and research methods that contribute to legal scholarship and practice.
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- 12 Terms
- Full-time study
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- Master's degree in Law with a B+ (78%) average.
- Students from disciplines other than law may be considered if they demonstrate adequate preparation in legal theory and methodology (at least three full-course equivalents above the first-year level including one seminar).
- A sample of academic writing, such as a research paper, thesis or a published journal article. The subject matter of the academic writing sample must be legal.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score for the Faculty of Law for applicants to all graduate programs is 109 for the internet-based version, with a minimum score of 25 for writing and speaking skills, or 630 (paper-based).
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score for the Faculty of Law is 8.0 out of 9.
- January 15 - Acceptance notifications begin in January and continue until the middle of the summer