Allana Haist

Allana Haist

Research Associate

J.D. Candidate, 2020
Ph.D. (Political Theory), 2011

Allana is a passionate advocate for legal system reform. Her international experience includes over a decade and a half in Europe and in Africa advocating for the protection of basic human rights, particularly those of society’s most vulnerable. She holds a PhD in Political Theory focusing on equality rights and minority rights, an MA in Applied Ethics, and an undergraduate honours degree in Humanities, Classics, and Religion.

Allana’s work experience includes research, teaching, and entrepreneurship on a range of topics: from agriculture and sustainable food chains to studying the revolutionary social movements of the Arab Spring. Following her Ph.D., she joined the faculty of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for several years before returning to Canada. Allana’s research interests involve Indigenous legal traditions and decolonization, labour rights, criminal law reform, and international human rights law with a focus on women’s and children’s rights.

Allana is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society (Efry Ottawa), as Community Engagement Officer for the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope for Ottawa/Gatineau, and as volunteer with OCISO (Ottawa Community Immigration Services Organization) among other volunteer commitments. At the University of Ottawa, she has served on the Executive of the University of Ottawa Association of Women and the Law (UOAWL) and as an Assistant Editor of the Ottawa Law Review.

Allana’s greatest accomplishment is having raised a courageous and strong-spirited daughter.

Our Research Team

Chidi Oguamanam
Principal Investigator

LL.B. (Ife)
B.L. (Lagos)
LL.M. (Lagos)
Ph.D. (British Columbia)

Allana Haist
Research Fellow / Team Coordinator

J.D. Candidate, 2022
Ph.D. (Political Theory) 2011

Kelsea Gillespie
Senior Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2022

Nailah Ramsoomair
Chercheuse associée

Programme de common law en français (J.D.), 2022

Jessica Hennings
Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2023

Toni Valenti
Research Fellow

J.D. Candidate, 2021
M.A. (Indigenous Relations) 2018

Rebecca Park
Research Fello

J.D. Candidate, 2021

Akkila Thirukesan

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2021

Nicole Tumaine
Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2022

Esther Ekong
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Law, Intellectual Property) Candidate, 2022

Uchenna Felicia Ugwu
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Intl IP Law & Development) 2020
M.A. (Public International Law) 2007
LL.B. 2001

Sileshi Bedasie Hirko
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Intellectual Property Law and Human Development), 2020

Affiliated Researchers

Teresa Scassa
Ikechi Mgbeoji
Frederic Perron-Welch
Freedom-Kai Phillips
Jessica Saris
Christopher Koziol
Vipal Jain

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