Imagine trying to produce research and share your ideas in a place where your safety is at risk. For the past two decades, the international Scholars at Risk (SAR) program has been uniting at-risk academics whose safety is threatened at home with temporary research and teaching positions for academics in new countries.
In 2014, Department of Law and Legal Studies Professor Melanie Adrian spearheaded a local Scholars at Risk (SAR) network in collaboration with the University of Ottawa to give foreign academics a unique opportunity to teach and interact with colleagues and students in safe environments. In January 2021 Professor Adrian was appointed to the Order of Ontario, largely for her contributions to SAR.
Read more about Scholars at Risk program at Carleton University.
Inaugural Scholar at Risk
In 2015 Hossein Raeesi became the first Scholar at Risk hosted by our Department, and the first scholar hosted by Carleton University (in collaboration with the University of Ottawa). Raeesi has practiced Criminal and Human Rights law in Shiraz, Iran for 20 years and served as a board member of the Fars Province Bar Association for two terms. Raeesi is currently appointed as a Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, and is continuing to attract and fulfill external research grants and projects, through the department. Raeesi teaches LAWS 4903 – Human Rights, Sharia Law, and Islamic Legal Systems, last offered in 2019.
Learn more about Professor Hossein Raeesi.
Scholars at Risk News
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
SAR Program: Safe and Supportive Spaces for At-Risk Scholars
Imagine trying to produce research and share your ideas in a place where your safety is at risk. For the past two decades, the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program has been uniting at-risk academics whose safety is threatened at home with temporary research and teaching positions for academics in new countries. In 2014, Department...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
SAR Spotlight on Dr. Melanie Adrian: Educating with Impact
Interested in human rights advocacy? Scholars at Risk? We invite you to read two recent publications on Dr. Melanie Adrian's research and teaching at the Department of Law and Legal Studies. Dr. Adrian teaches a fourth-year course "Academia and Activism: Seminar in Advanced Human Rights Advocacy" (LAWS 4903A). Educating with Impact "For Melanie...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Course in the Spotlight: Seminar in Advanced Human Rights Advocacy
Title: Seminar in Advanced Human Rights Advocacy Course Code: LAWS 4903A Professor: Dr. Melanie Adrian About: This course asks how can one be, if at all, an academic and activist? Are these two endeavors not contradictory? Are there tensions inherent in pursuing both? Is there such a thing as ‘fact’ in the social sciences?...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Awards | Professor Melanie Adrian Wins Senate Medal
Law and Legal Studies Professor Melanie Adrian has been recognized for her academic and volunteer work with a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal as well as a Canada 150 commemorative pin. The pin was awarded on November 22nd by MP and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna. It was presented to Ottawa Centre...
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Award | Congratulations Dr. Melanie Adrian for being awarded the Senate 150 Medal!
The Department of Law & Legal Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Melanie Adrian has been awarded a Senate 150 Medal for her work with Scholars at Risk, Be the Choice, and for the numerous other volunteering she has done throughout her life. Senators will award prestigious medals to Canadians who are thoroughly involved in...
Friday, December 11, 2015
Prof. Raeesi, Scholars at Risk program honored at House of Commons
The Scholars at Risk program and Prof. Hossein Raeesi were honored in the House of Commons yesterday (on International Human Rights Day)! Gary Anandasangaree (MP Scarborough-Rouge Park) took that opportunity to highlight the work that Carleton and the University of Ottawa are doing through the Scholars at Risk program. Prof. Melanie Adrian and...
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Welcome to visiting scholar, Hossein Raeesi!
We are pleased to welcome Hossein Raeesi, who joins our Department for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 academic year! Mr. Raeesi, a member of the Scholars At Risk (SAR) network, is co-hosted by Carleton University and the Univeristy of Ottawa as a visiting scholar. While at Carleton, he will teach LAWS 4903A - Human Rights, Sharia Law and Islamic...
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Prof. Adrian Speaks About SAR Network on CBC
Carleton University and the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), in partnership with the University of Ottawa, have officially launched the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network in Ottawa, following its kick-off event, 'Je Suis Scholar', which took place yesterday afternoon. SAR is an international network of higher education...
Monday, April 14, 2014
Prof. Adrian interviews SAR prize-winner in Amsterdam
While in Amsterdam for the Scholars at Risk Global Conference (April 9-10), Prof. Melanie Adrian had the opportunity to interview the prize-winning Prof. Habib Kazdaghli. Prof. Kazdaghli, dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities in Tunisia's Manouba University, received the Scholars at Risk Network's second Courage to Think Award. He is...