Western International

Scholars at Risk Panel

Panel Moderator

Michael Lynk

Professor Michael Lynk

Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty between 2008-11.

He is a native of Halifax, and a graduate of Dalhousie University (LL.B.) and Queens’ University (LL.M.). Before becoming an academic, he practiced labour law in Ottawa and Toronto for a decade. Professor Lynk is a vice-chair with the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, and also acts as a labour arbitrator in Ontario.  He has written widely on the issues of labour law and human rights in the unionized Canadian workplace, and is a frequent speaker at industrial relations and labour law conferences across the country.

Professor Lynk is the co-author, with Michael Mac Neil and Peter Engelmann, of Trade Union Law in Canada (Carswell). As well, he is the revising author of the human rights chapter in Employment Law in Canada (4th ed.) (LexisNexis), whose lead revising author is Peter Barnacle. 

In January 2015, Professor Lynk was named to the Mayor of London’s Honours List for his work on humanitarian issues.

In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. In his capacity, he delivers regular reports to the UN General Assembly in New York and the Human Rights Council in Geneva on human rights trends in the OPT.


Panel Participants:

photos of the three panel participants

David Robinson

David Robinson is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing nearly 70,000 academic and general staff in over 120 universities and colleges across the country. David took up the position on July 1, 2014 after serving 15 years as the Association’s Associate Executive Director for research, communications, and international relations.

Prior to joining CAUT, David was the senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada’s leading progressive think-tank. He has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the author of a number of articles, reviews, and reports on higher education and research policy, vocational education and training, and international trade and investment agreements.

David also serves as the senior advisor on higher education to Education International, the global union federation representing more than 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries and territories.

David is past president of OpenMedia.ca.

Hanadi Ibrahim

A graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Damascus University, Hanadi Ibrahim obtained a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Paris Sud. In February 2011, she returned to Syria and held a position as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Damascus University. Following the events of 2011, she left Syria for France and then Canada. With assistance from Scholars at Risk, Prof. Ibrahim obtained a research fellowship and joined Western University’s Department of Chemistry, where she worked on lipid detection using MALDI-Mass spectrometry.

Viviana Fernandez

Viviana Fernandez is the Assistant Director at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa (uOttawa). She represents the University in the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network and was elected to the Steering Committee of the SAR Canada Section in 2016 and to the International Advisory Committee for the SAR Global Network in 2017. Viviana joined the Boards at Women in International Security Canada in 2015 and the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (uOttawa) in 2014. At WIIS Canada, she has taken the lead of the organization of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign for Canada.

Prior to taking up her position at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Viviana joined uOttawa in 2004 as the Head of the Research Office at the Telfer School of Management. Earlier in her career, Viviana worked at the Embassy of Chile in the United States, the Exporter’s Association of Bio-Bio Chile and the Chilean Development Corporation. She completed her studies at the University of Concepción (Chile), the SKEMA Business School (France) and the London School of Economics (United Kingdom). Due to work and/or studies, she has lived in Chile, France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.