Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati

Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies

Graduate Program Director (Interim), School of Public and International Affairs

York University, Glendon College

International Studies

   cchapdel@yorku.ca

Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati is Assistant Professor in International Law and Graduate Program Director (Interim) of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs. She is also a faculty member of the School of Public and International Affairs and the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies program, through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law (University of Oxford) in which she examined the rights of girl children under international law, an LL.M. in Human Rights (King’s College, University of London) and bachelors of civil law and common law (B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University). She is a Lawyer (Barrister and Solicitor) with the Law Society of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. 

She was previously Assistant Professor in the Law and Business Department at Ryerson University, and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, where she taught international human rights law. She worked as Child Rights Project Officer at the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence (Italy), within the Implementation of International Standards unit, where she conducted research with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the OHCHR, governments and the private sector. Prior to this, she directed the Canadian Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Research Study at the International Bureau for Children's Rights. She articled at the International Criminal Court in the Hague (The Netherlands), Office of the Prosecutor, Prosecution division, and clerked at the Court of Quebec, Youth division in Montreal as well as the Tribunal de Bobigny in Paris (France). 

Professor Chapdelaine-Feliciati has presented her research in French, English and Italian in leading institutions globally, such as the Oxford University Faculty of Law, the Communication University of China (as Keynote Speaker), McGill University, the Coimbra University Faculty of Law, University of Turin, University of Naples, University of Bari, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest), and the UN, including at the Palais Wilson in Geneva.

She is presently conducting a bilingual (English-French) research study on girl children in the entertainment industry in Ontario and Quebec from a legal semiotics perspective which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (2020-2022).

International Law, Human Rights Law, the Girl Child and the Law, Children and the Law, Semiotics of Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Criminal Law, Family Law, Employment and Labour Law, Business Law

Ph.D. in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 

Lawyer (Barrister and Solicitor), Law Society of Ontario 

LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Human Rights, King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom 

Certificat supérieur de droit français, Faculty of Law, Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France 

B.C.L./LL.B. (Bachelor degrees in civil law and common law), Faculty of Law, Transsystemic program, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 


Books

FEMINICIDES OF GIRL CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY CONTEXT: AN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW APPROACH (Brill Publishers, Research Perspectives in Family Law in a Global Society Series, Sanford Katz Editor-in-Chief, 2018)

Journal Articles

Deconstructing the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Semiotics, Significs and Semioethics of Gendercide, 7 CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (2018) 29-50

The sense, meaning, and significance of the Twin International Covenants on Political and Economic Rights, 196 SEMIOTICA (2013) 325-352

Les droits de l’homme de la femme: polysémie ou androcentrisme?, 23 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW (2010) 451-474 (Analysis of French androcentric wording in UN treaties)

Child Justice in Canada and the Four Ps: Protection, Prosecution, Prevention and Participation, 15 CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL  JOURNAL (2007) 267-284 

Restorative Justice for the Girl Child in Post-Conflict Rwanda, 7 JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S STUDIES (2006) 14-35 

The Right to Food for Children in Brazil: “A Modest Proposal”?, 13 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS (2005) 413-431 


Book Chapters

Semioethics and Equity in the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), in PACE, PACIFICAZIONE, PACIFISMO E I LORO LINGUAGGI 285-296 (Susan Petrilli and Augusto Ponzio eds., Athanor: Semiotica, Filosofia, Arte, Letteratura, Mimesis Publishers 2017, 588pp) 


Other Publications

Co-authored Publications – Monographs and Reports - Public Policy Contributions

UNITED NATIONS HANDBOOK ON THE OPTIONAL PROTOCOL ON THE SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY (UNICEF Office of Research 2009, English-French-German-Italian-Portuguese, 74pp)

REPORT OF THE EXPERT CONSULTATION MEETING IN PREPARATION FOR WORLD CONGRESS III AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (UNICEF Office of Research 2008, 75pp)

MAKING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS WORK: NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, French-English (Yvon Blais Publishers 2005, 160pp)

Refereed Conference Presentations

"Media Literacy as an Instrument to Empower Women Against Discrimination: A Case Study of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Canada’, The Fifth International Conference on Media Literacy and Education", Transboundary/Convergence/Innovation: Media Literacy in the Digital Age, Keynote Speaker, Communication University of China, Beijing (June 2019)

"Do Reservations to Treaties have Limits in International Law?", International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law Conference, The Limits of Law, University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law, Portugal (May 2019)

“Multimodalities and the Meaning of Language in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)”, Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Multimodalities, Toronto, Canada (July 2018)

“International Law, Semioethics and Social Responsibility: A Comparative Law Approach”, Master Lecture, International Conference Semiosis in Communication. Differences and Similarities, International Association for Semiotics Studies (IASS), National University of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania (June 2018) 

“Semioethics and International Treaties as a Connective Form”, Special Session ‘Difference and Similarity in the I-Other Relation. Between two identities or two singularities?’, International Conference Semiosis in Communication. Differences and Similarities, International Association for Semiotics Studies (IASS), National University of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania (June 2018)

“The legal status of child actors in Canada and the USA” (in French), Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences 2017, Canadian Industrial Relations Association CIRA, Toronto, Canada (June 2017)


Editorial Boards

Editorial Board (North America), International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

Editorial Board, Southern Semiotic Review

Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 

Moot Competitions - Judge

Judge, Price Media Law Moot Competition, International Rounds, University of Oxford 

Membership

International Association for Semiotic Studies IASS

Semiotic Society of America

International Association for Cognitive Semiotics

Canadian Bar Association


"Sexual Exploitation of Girl Children in the Entertainment Industry in Ontario and Quebec", Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, 2020-2022

English

French

Portuguese (Brazil)

Italian