Marina Sharpe

Office: Lahaie 316

Telephone: (450) 358-6777, ext. 6685886



Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences Department

SHARPE, Marina


  • DRT439 Public International Law
  • DRT460 International Human Rights Law
  • INT203 Research Methods in International Studies
  • 385-204-ST Current Issues in International Relations
  • DRT487 International Humanitarian Law


  • Ph. D., Law, University of Oxford (2016)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L. and LL.B.) (Great Distinction), McGill University (2005)
  • Master, Development Studies, London School of Economics (2002)
  • Bachelor of arts (Great distinction), Economics and Development Studies, McGill University (2001)

  • Public international law
  • Refugee protection in Africa
  • Human rights
  • Refugee protection
  • Humanitarian action
  • The law of armed conflict
  • Arbitrary detention
  • Public International Law

Marina Sharpe is Assistant Professor of International Studies at RMC Saint-Jean and Affiliate Professor with the Faculté de droit at Université de Sherbrooke. Immediately prior to joining RMC Saint-Jean, Dr. Sharpe was Senior Legal Officer with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation to the African Union in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill’s Faculty of Law, Senior Research Fellow at Global Canada, legal officer at human rights NGOs in Kampala, a lawyer with the New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and a co-founder and non-executive director of Asylum Access.

Dr. Sharpe’s research has been recognized with Canada’s most competitive doctoral and postdoctoral awards: the Trudeau Scholarship and SSHRC’s Banting Fellowship. She is called to bars of New York and England & Wales and regularly advises international organizations, including the EBRD, UNHCR and UNICEF. She has taught and guest lectured widely, including at Georgetown, Oxford and Yale. Dr. Sharpe is a member of UNHCR’s Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network, an Affiliate of the University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative, on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Refugee Law and the University of Michigan’s and on the Scientific Committee of RMC Saint-Jean’s research centre CRITIC. Dr. Sharpe is the author of The Regional Law of Refugee Protection in Africa (OUP 2018).

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