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Sophie Thériault

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Full Professor and Vice-Dean (Academic) Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

Sophie Thériault is a Full Professor and the Vice-Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section), at the University of Ottawa. She is also a lawyer and member of the Barreau du Québec (2003). Professor Thériault holds a doctoral degree from Laval University (LL.D. 2009). She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle (2004-2005) and at the University of Victoria (2005-2007). From 2015-2017, she served as the Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies in Law at the University of Ottawa. She also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada (2002-2003).

Professor Thériault’s research focuses on Indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of natural resources extraction; Indigenous environmental governance; environmental justice and environmental rights; and food security and sovereignty for Indigenous peoples. Her work examines the myriad ways in which state law dispossesses, subjugates and marginalizes Indigenous peoples, especially in relation to the extraction of natural resources from their traditional lands. It also focuses on the role of law in creating, reproducing, and potentially remediating environmental injustices for Indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups. In 2012, she was awarded the Canadian Association of Law Professors (CALT) Scholarly Paper Award for an article she published in the McGill Law Journal on the environmental rights protected under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (with co-author Professor David Robitaille).

In 2019, she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Alumni Network. She is also a member of the Global Young Academy.