I am Sean Anaïs.


Sean <<ah-NAH-yees>> 


I am a 3L student in the JD program - Common Law - at the University of Ottawa. My training concentration  is in the area of Civil Litigation, and my practical experience is with claims involving Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, and Medical Malpractice arising from the negligent conduct of state jail and prison authorities and private prison contractors. As a law student, I have worked in both Canada and the United States under the mentorship of distinguished trial attorneys. Most recently, I worked in the area of Constitutional Tort litigation in Charleston, West Virginia.  

In the context of litigation training, my practical experience with case management and advocacy has thus far focused on three related areas:

(1) In the U.S.: Constitutional Tort, § 1983 Litigation in Correctional Matters, and the federal law of public authority immunity

(2) In Canada: Crown liability, class proceedings, and carceral malpractice; and,

 (3) In both Canada and the U.S.: toxic tort and industrial class actions in defence industry, mining, chemical, and manufacturing communities; management and coordination complex-case and mass-tort litigation.


I started my law school (Faculty of Law - University of Ottawa) in September 2015, shortly after finishing my PhD. Most of my doctoral research took place in Washington, D.C. My research focused on weapons R&D programs administered by the US Department of Defense. After earning my doctorate, I worked as a professor, author, and as Principal Investigator on an international research program that involved two years of fieldwork at decommissioned armaments factories and nuclear test sites.

 (see 'MY WORK' tab above)


My first book is called Disarming Intervention, and it was published by the University of British Columbia Press in 2015.  I published a number of peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reviews based on my research in the area of security and socio-legal studies – single-authored pieces have appeared in Security Dialogue, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, and Critical Discourse Studies. My peer-reviewed journal articles address Ministerial Authorization and Canadian signals intelligence, Access to Information, weapons and war, and the legal administration of risk and regulation. Some of my work on security has also appeared in edited volumes - published by Duke University Press (Shoshanna Magnet, ed.) and Routledge (Mark Salter, ed.).



I have traveled all over the world taking pictures of decommissioned weapons and munitions factories dedicated to materiel production in wars spanning from WWI (West Virginia) to Vietnam (Maryland). My work in Cold War weapons sites includes two Nuclear Test and Training Ranges: Orford Ness, Suffolk - U.K. and the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Nevada - U.S.A. 

(see 'PHOTOGRAPHY' tab above) 



I live where my dog (pictured above) lives.

When she's not Stateside, Joni lives in Ottawa – Canada.