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Michel Rouleau-Dick from Åbo Akademi University has been awarded the 2018 Master’s Award in Development Studies, handed out by UniPID and Finnish Society for Development Research.

Rouleau-Dick’s thesis in public international law, titled Statelessness, statehood and environmentally-displaced persons: the quest for legal status, received praise from the committee for the importance of its topic and accomplished analytical approach.

In 2018, UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research received 16 submissions competing for this year’s Master’s Award in Development Studies. Five of these theses were chosen and forwarded to the emeritus committee, who made the final decisions on the theses to be awarded.

The winner and honorable mentionees will receive their diplomas in an award ceremony organized in conjunction with the FSDR Development Days Conference 2019: Repositioning global development: changing actors, geographies and ontologies, which takes place in Helsinki, from 27 February to 1 March 2019.

Michel Rouleau-Dick originally came to Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, as an exchange student from Canada. Later he graduated from the Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law at Åbo Akademi University. The programme is now called MDP in International Law and Human Rights. Michel Rouleau-Dick is now a Doctoral Candidate in Public International Law at Åbo Akademi University.

Click here for the press release about the award, by Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID).

The application period for the International Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English at Åbo Akademi University is open until 31 January 2019. Click here for more information on how to apply.

More about Michel Rouleau-Dick’s experiences of the Master’s Degree Programme.

The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University.