Le plurijuridisme et le contentieux des droits fondamentaux : étude comparée du rôle de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne et de la Cour suprême du Canada [Plurijuridism and the litigation of fundamental rights: a comparative study of the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Supreme Court of Canada] – this is the title of Aurélie Laurent’s doctoral thesis, which has just won its author an outstanding fourth prize.
Ms. Laurent’s exceptional doctoral research has earned her no less than four awards so far, including the Medal of the Bar of Paris, awarded to the best student in Graduate Studies in Law at the University of Ottawa (2015-2016); the Pierre Laberge Award for the best doctoral thesis in the humanities at the University of Ottawa (2017); the Best Doctoral Thesis Award from the Associations des Professeur.es de droit du Québec (2016-2017); and now the Albert Viala Prize from the Institut de France (2017). This most recent prize was created to reward a thesis written in French on the topic of the defense of fundamental freedoms. It is awarded annually and is accompanied by a scholarship in the amount of 8,000 euros (approximately $12,169).
Ms. Laurent obtained her LL.L. and her master's degree in international and comparative law in Toulouse in 2007. She subsequently pursued a Ph.D. through an international co-supervision at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole and the University Ottawa. Her thesis directors were Professor Frédérique Rueda (University of Bordeaux) and Professor Ghislain Otis (University of Ottawa). During her two-year stay in the Canadian capital, she worked alongside Professor Otis on research associated with his Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Aboriginal Peoples.
Ms. Laurent is now a maître de conférences at the Université du Maine (Le Mans) where she teaches European Union law, litigation of civil liberties, and comparative constitutional law. Her research interests include rights and freedoms in Europe and Canada, comparative constitutional law and the rights of Indigenous peoples.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa congratulates Aurélie Laurent on all four awards she has earned for her doctoral thesis and wishes her a successful continuation of her career as a researcher and a law professor.