Pooja Parmar, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC), will be the inaugural holder of the Osgoode Catalyst Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. The announcement was made by Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Lorne Sossin.
The Osgoode Catalyst Fellowships are designed to bring to Osgoode emerging scholars who have a demonstrated interest in a career in law teaching, and to support and mentor scholars who will enhance the diversity of the profession.
Osgoode Catalyst Fellows will be given the opportunity to present a faculty seminar with the aim of preparing a major article for publication, to pursue an active affiliation with one of Osgoode’s research centres, and to teach a course at the law school.
Parmar, who is Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, is completing her dissertation titled “Claims, Histories, Meanings: Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India”. She received her bachelor of laws degree from Panjab University in India and practised law in New Delhi for several years, representing clients at both the High Court of Delhi and Supreme Court of India.
Her LLM thesis was awarded the Dean of Law LLM Prize in 2006 and her article titled Undoing Historical Wrongs: Law and Indigeneity in India (2012) will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. She currently teaches contracts as a sessional lecturer at UBC Faculty of Law.