Program highlights

Entry to the program is limited to ensure a supportive and collegial environment that affords students with quality time with faculty supervisors and opportunities for close engagement with the academic life of the College of Law. Generous funding support is available, including scholarships for highly qualified students and travel grants to support students who travel for their thesis research or to present their work at national and international conferences. A wide range of courses as well as faculty seminars and guest lectures in the College of Law and throughout the University are open to graduate students. As well, our college provides its graduate students with office space and opportunities to get involved in teaching and research.

Recent news and publications

Michael Dunn successfully defended his thesis, On His Majesty’s Honour: The Nature of the Crown in Indigenous Relations on May 23rd, 2023. Supervisor: Dwight Newman.

Lola Ayotunde successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled “INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ PROCEDURAL ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS AND TRANSNATIONAL INDIGENOUS ADVOCACY NETWORKS” on April 14th, 2023. She was co-supervised by Dwight Newman & Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu.

Eseosa Omoruyi successfully defended her thesis, "REGULATING THE USE OF CRYPTO-ASSETS AS COLLATERAL IN SECURED TRANSACTIONS: U.S AND CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES" on April 13th, 2023. Supervisor: Clayton Bangsund.

Brenda Yuen successfully defended her thesis, Trauma Informed Lawyering: Practicing Emotional Acknowledgement on January 23, 2023. Supervisor: Sarah Buhler. 

Ademola Adeyoju successfully defended his thesis, STATE SURVEILLANCE, THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY, AND WHY WE MAY NEED A NEW INTERNATIONAL LAW on November 14, 2022. Supervisor: Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom.

PhD candidate Ben Ralston has received the Canadian Energy Law Foundation (CELF) Graduate Scholarship for 2022-2023. 

Feyisola Akintoye successfully defended her thesis, Multilateralism and the Integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into International Investment Law on October 26, 2022. Supervisor: Professor Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu.

On October 3, 2022 Amy Zarzeczny successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled Regulation and Governance of Access to Unproven Medical Interventions in Canada: A Case Study Analysis. At Spring 2023 graduation, Amy will earn the first ever USask PhD in Law degree!  Supervisor:  Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom.

LLM Candidate, Ademola Adeyoju, is the 2022 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s Privacy and Access Law Section Student Essay Contest

Mason Stott successfully defended his thesis, Legislative Reform to Foster a Sustainable Orbital Launch Industry in Canada in April 2022.  Supervisor:  Robin Hansen.

Michelle Delorme successfully defended her thesis, SUPPORTING PROPERTY INTERESTS ON LANDS RESERVED FOR FIRST NATIONS, in February 2022. Supervisor:  Dwight Newman.

Alan Rankine successfully defended his thesis Judicial Interpretation, Formal Amendment or the Ballot Box: Recognizing Civic Democracy in the Constitution of Canada on Aug. 4, 2021.
Supervisors: Felix Hoehn and Mark Carter.

Meredith Maloof successfully defended her LLM thesis Post-Mortem Organs and Tissue Through a Property Law Lens: How Principles of Property Law Can Guide Lawmakers to a Better Organ Donation Framework on Jan. 19, 2021.
Supervisor: Felix Hoehn.

Oluwadamilola (Dammy) Asuni successfully defended his LLM thesis A Comparison of the Legal and Institutional Framework for Regulating Human Rights in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria and Canada on Jan. 6, 2021.
Supervisor: Robin Hansen.

Florence Ifediba successfully defended her LLM thesis Rethinking Canada’s Duty to Consult Doctrine: Accommodating Aboriginal Rights in the Deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) on Dec. 6, 2020. Supervisor: Dwight Newman.

Tamara Pearl successfully defended her LLM thesis titled Māmawī Wīchihitowin: Colonization is not about sharing space. The Treaties are. on Sept. 4, 2020. Supervisor: Larry Chartrand.

Scott Hitchings successfully defended his LLM thesis titled Personal Property Security Interests on Lands Reserved for First Nations on June 19, 2020. Supervisor: Ronald C.C. Cuming.

Chukwunonso Ekolisa successfully defended their LLM thesis titled Framework for Obligations Regarding Environmental Protection and Human Rights in Nigeria's Bilateral Investment Treaties on Jan. 15, 2020. Supervisor: Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu.

Andrew Dusevic successfully defended his LLM thesis titled Risk-Informed Decision Making and the Regulation of Small Modular Reactors on April 29, 2019. Supervisor: Dwight Newman.

Hilary Peterson successfully defended her thesis titled Applying Gladue Principles Requires Meaningful Incorporation of Indigenous Legal Systems and Values, including Consideration of Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration on March 29, 2019. Supervisor: Glen Luther.

Gideon Odionu successfully defended his LLM thesis Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Gas Flaring in Nigeria: Perspectives on Law and Regulation on September 10, 2018. Supervisor: Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu.

Nnaemeka Ezeani successfully defended his LLM thesis titled Appropriate Legal Principles for Determination of Compensation for Infringements of Aboriginal Title in Canada on Aug. 30, 2018. Supervisor: Dwight Newman.

Frankie Young successfully defended her LLM thesis A Comprehensive Assessment of the Tax Issues Related to Indigenous Settlement Trusts on August 28, 2018. Supervisor: Tamara Larre.

Noah Wernikowski and Lawren Trotchie have been named as recipients of the 2018 E.M. Culliton Scholarship.

Sheethal Veettil successfully defended her thesis Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Over Forest Resource Governance in India and Canada:  Debating the Role of Decentralization on June 13, 2018. Supervisor: Dwight Newman.


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Questions? Need additional information? Please contact:

College of Law
15 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A6

Graduate Chair
Prof. Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu

Graduate Program Contact

For more information on applying to the LLM program:
U of S Future Graduate Students website