Penelope Simons, University of Ottawa

Associate Professor Law Ottawa, Ontario psimons@uottawa.ca Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3217

Bio/Research

Penelope Simons teaches international human rights law; public international law; business organizations; and transnational corporations, human rights and international economic law. She holds a B.A. in French language and literature from the University of British Columbia, an LL.B. from Dalhousi...

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Bio/Research

Penelope Simons teaches international human rights law; public international law; business organizations; and transnational corporations, human rights and international economic law. She holds a B.A. in French language and literature from the University of British Columbia, an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and LL.M. and Ph.D. in international law from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to taking up her position at the Faculty of Law, Penelope was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and practiced corporate/commercial law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She has also worked in the nongovernmental sector on peace and disarmament issues. In December 1999, she participated in the Canadian Assessment Mission to Sudan (Harker Mission), appointed by Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, to investigate allegations of slavery as well as links between oil development in Sudan and violations of human rights.

Penelope’s research is interdisciplinary and covers a variety of international law issues including: the philosophical ideas that influenced the development of the concept of the state in international law; humanitarian intervention; the governance of transnational corporate activity; the relationship between human rights, the regulation of international trade and investment, and transnational corporations; and questions of foreign policy relating to human rights, trade and investment.


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