Regulating globalization in South and Southeast Asia

CAPI Director Victor V. Ramraj with JSW Law Vice Dean Michael Peil and Senior Lecturer Nima Dorji, who is undertaking his PhD at UVic
CAPI's "Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia" project has brought new faces and partnerships to campus and facilitated unique overseas experiences for UVic scholars. Here, project lead and CAPI Director Victor V. Ramraj (centre) hosts Michael Peil, Vice Dean of Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law), Bhutan, during a visit to CAPI in April 2018. Nima Dorji (right), a JSW Law Senior Lecturer, is completing his PhD at UVic as part of the project.

Through the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advance Scholars (QES-AS) Scholarships program, CAPI and the UVic Faculty of Law and their partners in South and Southeast Asia are participating in activating a dynamic community of young global leaders around the world to conduct interdisciplinary research on innovative governance and justice strategies to mitigate the harsher effects of economic globalization in South and Southeast Asia (specifically Bhutan, Cambodia, India, and Thailand) 

The QES-AS program will bring thirteen advanced scholars whose work focuses on South and Southeast Asia to the University of Victoria to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. It will also send five Canadian post-doctorate early career scholars to the region to develop valuable experience and build skills and networks in Canada and South and Southeast Asia.

Objectives of the QES-AS program include:

  • Developing global citizens through enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences
  • Activating a new generation of enterprising leaders in Canada and around the world through facilitating lasting local and global community engagement
  • Enhancing collaborative capacity and deepen peer relationships among Queen Elizabeth Scholars to enrich the program experience and facilitate personal and professional growth

Each scholar will spend at least 30% of their time in the program participating in an external research placement where they will gain unique, hands-on research experience in:

  • conducting field research with local communities
  • contributing to on-going projects and workshops
  • preparing for and/or attending national, regional and international conferences

Participants in the program will also contribute to the growing community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars at campus, national, and global levels.

Project partners

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program is managed through a unique partnership of:

Additional funding for the Advanced Scholars phase of the QES program (QES-AS) is provided by:

Project partners in South and Southeast Asia include:

Research Placement Partners include:


Incoming Scholars

Nima Dorji

Nima Dorji

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Nima Dorji is a PhD student at the Law and Society Program at the University of Victoria and a Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholar (QES-AS). He is a senior lecturer and one of the founding faculty members at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck (JSW) School of Law, Bhutan’s first law school. Nima has been working on the law school project since 2014, which led to its opening on July 3, 2017, as the law school welcomed its first cohort of 25 students to the campus. Before joining JSW, Nima worked as a Legal Officer at Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI). He was one of the founding staff members of BNLI, managing UN-funded activities and legal dissemination programs. He received his BA and LLB (Hons.) degrees from NALSAR University of Law in India in 2009, his Postgraduate Diploma in National Law (PGDNL) from the Royal Institute of Management, Bhutan, in 2010, and his Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Canberra, Australia, in 2014. 

Ratana Ly

Ratana Ly

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Ratana Ly is a PhD candidate in the UVic Faculty of Law. She completed her LLB at the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia, and LLM at the Nagoya University, Japan. She then worked as a researcher at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law in Cambodia, focusing her research on international human rights, international criminal law, labor migration, and refugees. Observing the recent booming of construction in Cambodia, she is keen to explore the relationship between this business sector with labor rights, migration, gender, and the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks. Ratana is looking forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities, which will come her way during the program, and learn as she goes. Ratana is particularly grateful to CAPI, the QES-AS scholarship, and UVic for the funding and other support, which allow her to undertake these studies. 

Sunayana Ganguly

Sunayana Ganguly

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  • Home institution:
  • Azim Premji University
  • Country: 
    India
  • Duration of visit: 
    May to August, 2018

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Sunayana Ganguly is currently Assistant Professor at the Azim Premji University in Bangalore. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin where she was affiliated with the Environmental Policy Research Centre, while working with the German Development Institute in Bonn. She was also previously, a research associate at the Industrial Ecology Group, University of Lausanne (Switzerland), working on the interdisciplinary research project on the dynamics of consumption patterns, practices and policies among new consumers in two megacities of South and South-East Asia. Her first book Deliberating Environment Policy in India - Participation and the role of advocacy was published in 2015 (Routledge). Her time at CAPI will be spent exploring themes on environmental governance, civil society and sustainable consumption with a focus on South Asia.

Sushmita Pati

Sushmita Pati

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  • Home institution:
  • Azim Premji University
  • Country: 
    India
  • Duration of visit: 
    May to August, 2018

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Sushmita is currently teaching at the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore as Assistant Professor. She finished her doctoral degree from Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her work falls in the larger domain of urban politics but she draws from methods and debates across disciplines like anthropology, political economy, history and law. At CAPI she worked on her book manuscript which looks at the processes and politics of villages getting drawn into the urban fold in the context of Delhi since 1950s to contemporary times. 

Outgoing Scholars

Supriya Routh

Supriya Routh

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  • Host institution:
    Azim Premji University
  • Host Country:
    India
  • Home faculty:
    UVic Faculty of Law
  • Duration of visit: 
    May to August 2018

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Supriya Routh is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, where he teaches Contracts, Individual Employment Relationship Law, and the Legal Process. His research interests include theoretical conceptualizations of work and labour law, workers’ organization initiatives, international labour law, atypical and informal workers in the global South, and human rights and human development.

He plans to examine how a combined public/private collaborative approach to overcoming multidimensional deprivation of human development of women informal workers could be successfully realized through creative collective action devised by such marginalized women workers. Academic and policy studies often prioritize the role of state institutions in promoting women informal workers’ aspirations. Although, increasingly scholars in sociology and political economy (e.g., Elizabeth Hill, Rina Agarwala, Martha Chen) are adopting a broader approach than a state-centric one, the existing legal literature largely ignores the role of non-state entities (including workers’ autonomous initiatives) alongside the state institutions in improving workers’ lives. Following this scholarship, he is interested in ascertaining how marginalized women innovatively overcome the challenges posed by neoliberalism to the labour movement by simultaneously making use of state and non-state institutions of democratic societies.


Pooja Parmar

Pooja Parmar

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Pooja Parmar joined the UVic Faculty of Law in 2015. She received a PhD in Law from UBC, and has previously taught at Carleton University, Osgoode Hall Law School, and UBC Faculty of Law. Prior to commencing graduate research, she practiced law in New Delhi for several years.

Professor Parmar’s current research focuses on the legal profession in Canada and India, indigeneity, and human rights. Her research is informed by her interest in questions of legal epistemology and plurality.

During her time in Bhutan, Pooja will engage in collaborative research on property law with her Bhutanese counterparts and assist with the newly formed Bar Council of Bhutan.


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CAPI Director Victor V. Ramraj

CAPI's Regulating globalization in South and Southeast Asia project is led by CAPI Director and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations Victor V. Ramraj and coordinated by Project Manager Kezang Wangmo.

CAPI QES-AS program manager Kezang Wangmo

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