All posts by Dr. Cassandra Steer

An Australian based in Canada after 16 years based in the Netherlands: I like my life as international as I like my law! I have a background in Public International Law, Space Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, legal theory and research methodology.

Finding Direction as a Postdoc – A Leap of Faith


In January this year I made a huge leap of faith in my academic career; sideways in terms of a new field of specialisation, and what sometimes feels like backwards in terms of my professional status. After 8 years of teaching, I started a postdoctoral fellowship here at McGill, took a pay cut, threw myself into many unknowns, and have had moments of excitement as well as utter fear: what if I’ve made a mistake? But I did it in order to have a chance to work at the world-class McGill Faculty of Law, and knowing that many successful careers are made not by climbing a single ladder, but by trying out new things.

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