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 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.

Ms. Germain's research interests lie in the fields of Health Care Law, Public and Welfare law and Legal and Political theory. Her doctoral dissertation "Taking Health Care Seriously: The Role Of 'For-Profit' In The Just Allocation of Health Care Resources" takes a comparative historical approach to expose the role played by for-profit organizations and the influence of justice principles in the drafting of health care financing and provision laws for the American and British health care systems. Her project hasreceived the financial support of the Berger International Legal Studies Program and was awarded a CALI Excellence for the Future Award (top of the class).

As part of her doctoral research Ms. Germain has had the opportunity to write on other social justice and comparative law issues, and to present her work at multiple workshops and conferences in Europe and North America. In the Fall of 2011, she was appointed to the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) as a visiting researcher. There, she developed her peer-reviewed publication "Taking 'Health' as a Socio-Economic Right Seriously: Is the South African Constitutional Dialogue a Remedy for the American Health Care System?", 19 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 145, 2013. In this article she argues that the American Supreme Court should adopt a more contextualized approach when addressing health care issues and follow the example set by the South African Constitutional Court in its adjudication of socio-economic rights.

Ms. Germain has also led a course in the Cornell Prison Education Program for which she was awarded the Cornell Law School Public Service Award. This experience led her to write her peer-reviewed article "Prison-based Education and Its New Pedagogical Perspective", 25 Journal of Criminal Justice Education (2014)exploring how unconventional teaching environments, such as the prison system, can participate in the elaboration of new pedagogical methods.

While enrolled as a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge (2012-2014) Ms. Germain taught a Comparative Law course at Sciences Po and a Medical Law module supplementing the lectures of Professor Emily Jackson at the London School of Economics.

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)