Sabrina Germain

Sabrina Germain

Contact Information

c/o Cornell University Law School
Graduate Legal Studies Program
105 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-2362
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Sabrina Germain Candidate for Doctor of Science of Law (J.S.D.)

Professional Biography

Sabrina Germain received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French Literature from McGill University in 2005. She then graduated from l'Institut D'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) with a master's degree in Economic Law and Financial Market Regulation (DESS 2007), and from Cornell Law School with a Master of Laws (LL.M. 2008), receiving honors for her thesis, "Online Gambling of Derivatives: Hedging Catastrophe with Controversy" under the supervision of Professor Robert C. Hockett. During her first year as a J.S.D., Ms Germain had the opportunity to lead classes in the Cornell Prison Program, for which she received the Cornell Law School Public Service Award. She lectured comparative law to eighteen inmate students at a maximum-security prison. She was also awarded a CALI Excellence for the Future Award (top of the class) for her research.

Ms. Germain's research interests include issues of distributive justice, insurance law, health care financing law, and corporate governance. Her comparative doctoral dissertation, "Chronic Diseases and the Law: Just Distribution of Health Resources for Chronically Ill Employees", assesses how theories of distributive justice and the chronically ill employees can together change the face of insurance law and be adapted to profit maximizing corporate governance rules, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Ms. Germain's work was selected for presentations at the Seventh Cornell Law School Inter-University Graduate Student Conference, and Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Ms. Germain will be a visiting researcher at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).

Ms. Germain is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and has worked as a transactional M&A and capital markets lawyer at the Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker's Paris office. 


B.A. McGill University (2005)
D.E.S.S. Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (2007)
LL.M. Cornell University Law School (2008)