CO-OP Student of the Month of August 2018
Civil Law and International Development and Globalization
As someone who has always cared deeply about human rights, I had the extreme good fortune of spending the first of my CO-OP work terms with Quebec’s human rights commission (Commission des droits de la personne du Québec) and the second with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. During these internships, I conducted legal and interdisciplinary research on human rights issues, which provided me with a raft of new knowledge and a better understanding of the human rights violations suffered by minorities in Canada and around the world.
This summer, for my fourth and final work term, I returned to the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency, where I had spent my third CO-OP work term. In this position, I analyse applications from organizations that are seeking to register as charities. My work involves closely reviewing the purposes and activities of each organization against a set of criteria based on common law in order to determine the organization’s eligibility. I find this work particularly stimulating and the widely differing cases constantly draw upon my analytical skills. Moreover, this position has also served as an introduction to charity law, a field of law that was completely new to me.