‘Future leaders’ get scholarships to U.K. to do LLMs

Two Canadian lawyers have been awarded Chevening scholarships to pursue an LLM from a university in the United Kingdom.

Megan Kammerer is currently completing a fellowship at The Hague with the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, which advocates for women’s rights through the International Criminal Court and domestic mechanisms.

Kammerer has been working with the organization’s legal team since July 2012 to look at court cases from a gender perspective, produce an annual publication that analyzes the work of the ICC, and co-ordinate with its French-speaking partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also travelled to the Congo in March to assist with a workshop.

In October, Kammerer will be pursuing her LLM in public international law with a focus on international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law at the University of Cambridge.

Once she obtains her LLM, Kammerer says she wants to continue working in international human rights law or international criminal law, specifically working with women.

Paige Morrow is an associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Vancouver, practising labour and employment law with a specific focus on work before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Following her call to the bar in 2010, she completed a legal fellowship at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

She will be pursuing her LLM in human rights and business law at the London School of Economics and Political Science this fall. Her dissertation will examine sustainable business practices for companies operating in less-developed countries.

Morrow says she plans to stay abroad to pursue opportunities related to corporate social responsibility.

Chevening scholarships are awarded to “talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields.” This year, approximately 700 people from around the world were named scholars, and Kammerer and Morrow were the only Canadians who made it to the list.

Each recipient will receive roughly $52,000 towards his or her studies.

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