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Amala Kotiuga

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Amala Kotiuga is a PhD Candidate in Legal Studies at Carleton University. She possesses an interdisciplinary academic background in international law, international development, and gender studies. Her thesis project explores the criminalization of migrant families and children in Canada.

Supervisor: Dr. Megan Gaucher


Master of Laws (LLM), International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law with Distinction, Bangor University (Wales, United Kingdom)

Bachelor of Arts (BA), double major in International Development Studies and Women Studies, McGill University (Montréal, Québec)

Executive Certificate, International Development: Bridging the Worlds Between Theory, Policy and Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University (Montréal, Québec)

Diploma of College Studies, Creative Arts, Literature & Languages with Honours; Profile: Modern Languages (German & Spanish), Dawson College (Montréal, Québec)

Scholarships & Awards

  • 2022-2023 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2021-2022 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2020-2021 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2019-2020 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2018-2022 – Departmental Graduate Scholarship, Carleton University
  • 2018 – Doctoral Entrance Scholarship, Carleton University
  • 2016-2017 – International Student Scholarship, Bangor University

Conference Presentations

  • 2021 – “Narratives of Migrant Work and Family in Canadian Jurisprudence” (co-presenter) at the Canadian Political Science Association
  • 2019 – “Children’s Rights in Relation to Parental Incarceration” and “Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflicts: Experiences of Male Oppression” at the Law, Culture & the Humanities 22nd Annual Conference
  • 2019 – “Female Child Soldiers: The Interplay of Roles” (co-presenter) at Carleton’s Graduate Legal Studies Association Conference and at the Law, Culture & the Humanities 22nd Annual Conference
  • 2017 – “Women’s Rights in Prison” presented at the Lunch & Learn Series hosted by SNC-Lavalin
  • 2017 – “Canadian Legal Perspectives: Why Law Needs Feminism” presented at Bangor Law School’s Legal World Series