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Schulich Law Student Wins Globalink Research Award

Posted by Amanda Kirby-Sheppard on June 23, 2023 in News, Research, Awards, Students
Kyla Young (Provided Photo)
Kyla Young (Provided Photo)

Meet Kyla Young, a Schulich Law student who is spending her summer in England researching at the University of Oxford, after receiving a Globalink Research Award from Mitacs.

The Globalink Research Awards support research collaborations between Canada and partner organizations around the world, providing funding for students to work on a research project in another country for 12-24 weeks, and use the resources of the host institution to support the project. 

Under the joint supervision of a home supervisor Dr. Alexa Yakubovich (Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology) and a host supervisor Dr. David Humphreys (Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford), the project aims to determine to what extent Stand Your Ground laws and other expansions to self-defense and firearm laws have differentially impacted violence and sociolegal outcomes based on gender and race across the United States. 

Kyla’s portion of the project aims to interrogate how legal decision-making in self-defense cases has potentially been impacted by gender, race, and the relationship between victim and claimant (i.e., intimate partners or otherwise), in states that have implemented Stand Your Ground laws and other legal expansions to civilian rights to use deadly force. 

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award is competitive with limited awards available. A research proposal must be submitted for review by an interdisciplinary committee. Proposals are evaluated based on the quality of the research proposal, the level of supervision and mentorship by the host supervisor, the relevance to society and industry, and the expected benefit to Canada.