Joseph J Arvay, QC

Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C. holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario Law School and Harvard Law School and is called to the Bars of both British Columbia and the Yukon. He has a very busy litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and in particular constitutional, aboriginal and administrative law matters. Mr. Arvay has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada - a court he has appeared in dozens of times.

Mr Arvay has been the recipient of many awards and honours including  the Advocate Society’s Justice Award 2015. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. In 2016, Mr. Arvay was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Amar Bhatia

Amar Bhatia joined Osgoode’s full-time faculty on July 1, 2014 after serving as a Catalyst Fellow and Visiting Professor at Osgoode for the 2013-14 academic year. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and postcolonial literature (Queen’s; Sussex) and received an LLB from Osgoode in 2005.

He articled and worked in union-side labour and employment law in Toronto before returning to graduate school. He subsequently obtained an LLM from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he received the Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the program.

He was awarded a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his SJD at U of T, and is currently in the final stage of his candidacy. His dissertation looks at issues of status and authority of migrant workers and Indigenous peoples under Canadian immigration law, Aboriginal law, treaty relations, and Indigenous legal traditions.

Benjamin L. Berger (CO-CHAIR)

Dr. Benjamin Berger is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.  His areas of teaching and research specialization are criminal and constitutional law and theory, law and religion, and the law of evidence.  Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Berger was an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and held a cross appointment in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, where he began teaching in 2004.  He served as law clerk to the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University.  He has published broadly in his principal areas of research and his work has appeared in multiple edited collections and in legal and interdisciplinary journals.  He is the incoming Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and is an associate editor for the Hart Publishing series Constitutional Systems of the World.  He received the 2010 Canadian Association of Law Teacher's Scholarly Paper Award for an article entitled "The Abiding Presence of Conscience: Criminal Justice Against the Law and the Modern Constitutional Imagination."  Professor Berger is active in professional and public education, and is involved in public interest advocacy.  While at UVic Law, Professor Berger twice received the Terry J. Wuester Teaching Award, and was awarded the First Year Class Teaching Award; he received the Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Award in 2013.  His recent research can be viewed at http://ssrn.com/author=376756.


Andrée Boisselle

Andrée Boisselle’s research interests are in the areas of indigenous law, comparative and constitutional law, pluralism and postcolonial legal theory.  She is currently completing her doctorate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.  Her doctoral research on Stó:lõ constitutionalism and the Coast Salish legal tradition has been supported by scholarships from the Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Her master’s thesis critically examined the development of the duty to consult First Nations in Canadian law.  It received the Quebec Association of Law Professors Prize in 2008.  Before pursuing graduate studies, she practised litigation in Québec with McCarthy Tétrault LLP and did contractual work with the Supreme Court of Canada.

Larry Chartrand

Professor Larry Chartrand has been an active faculty member in the Common Law Section since 1994, assuming the role of Full Professor in 2013.  He served as the Director of the Aboriginal Self-Government Program at the University of Winnipeg from 2004 to 2007.  In 1998, he served as the Métis Advisor to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.  From 1991 to 1994, he was the Director of the Indigenous Law Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. 

Prof. Chartrand’s research interests include Aboriginal law and Constitutional law, particularly Métis rights and Indigenous peoples’ laws.   He is currently the Principal Investigator for a major SSHRC grant to undertake research relating to Metis treaties in Canada. 

Prof. Chartrand is the Treasurer, Adjudicator and Founding Member of the Indigenous Bar Association Scholarship Foundation.   He has also served two terms as President of the Indigenous Bar Association (Aboriginal lawyers, Judges and law students). 

He was born on the western plains and is a proud citizen of the Metis nation.  He has a son, Evan, who lives in Winnipeg and loves to play Lacrosse.  Prof. Chartrand now lives in Gatineau Quebec with his partner and best friend Christine.   He enjoys camping and fishing and cooking traditional Metis meals. 

B.Ed. (University of Alberta), LL.B. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.M. (Queen’s University), Ph.D. Candidate (Carleton University) of the Bar of Ontario.

Joseph Cheng

Joseph Cheng is counsel with the Department of Justice Canada (Ontario Regional Office), where he litigates on behalf of federal government departments and agencies in the areas of constitutional, administrative, employment and regulatory law.   From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Cheng completed an Interchange Assignment as Counsel with the Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  Mr. Cheng is called to the Bar in Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts & Science (Hon.) from McMaster University.  Following law school, he clerked at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.   

Mr. Cheng is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and Co-Chair of Osgoode Professional Development’s Crown Liability Conference.  Mr. Cheng is past-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section and a past co-Chair of the OBA’s Annual Charter Conference. 

Mr. Cheng has served as a Board Member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Equity Advisory Group, and a Council Member of the University of Toronto’s Law Alumni Association. 

In 2012, Mr. Cheng was named the inaugural recipient of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  Mr. Cheng is also the recipient of an inaugural Precedent Setter Award from Precedent magazine in recognition of his contributions to the legal and broader community, and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in recognition of his voluntary service to the Faculty of Law. 

Steve Coughlan

Steve Coughlan (LLB, PhD) is a professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where he has taught since 1991. He is the recipient of many teaching awards at the faculty, institution, and regional level, including the Association of Atlantic Universities’ Distinguished Teacher Award, and is also a frequent participant in judicial education sessions. He is an editor of the Criminal Reports and an author of the National Judicial Institute Criminal Law e-Letter, as well as being the author or co-author of more than twenty books. These include Criminal Procedure (currently in its third edition), Detention and Arrest (currently in its second edition), Learning Canadian Criminal Law (tenth through thirteenth editions), Law Beyond Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in an Age of Globalization (2014) and the Annual Review of Criminal Law (2004 to present). In addition he has published over 150 articles, chapters and case comments.

Mary Dawson,CM QC,

Mary Dawson was appointed Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner in July 2007. She administers the Conflict of Interest Act and the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons.

Ms. Dawson had a long career with the Government of Canada, joining the Department of Justice in 1970 and retiring in 2005 as Associate Deputy Minister, a position she had held since 1988.

Ms. Dawson played an important role in relation to constitutional matters. She was the final drafter for the Constitution Act, 1982, and, prior to her retirement from the Department of Justice, drafted and was the principal legal advisor for all Constitutional amendments, including the Meech Lake Accord and Charlottetown Accord and advised extensively in the area of Aboriginal rights. She led the legal team on the Quebec Secession Reference and was responsible for the legal advice and drafting of the Clarity Act. 

Ms. Dawson also managed the Supreme Court Reference on same-sex marriage.

Ms. Dawson served as the head of the Department of Justice Public Law Sector, including the traditional public law areas of constitutional, administrative, and international law as well as human rights law, native law, judicial affairs, access and privacy law and regulatory affairs. She served as Associate Chief Legislative Counsel and Chair of the Statute Revision Commission. She drafted such laws as the Canada Health Act, the Official Languages Act, the Competition Act, the Access to Information Act,  the Privacy Act, and the Young Offenders Act.

Ms. Dawson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Philosophy) and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws (Common Law) from Dalhousie University and a Diplôme d’études supérieures en droit (droit public) from the University of Ottawa. She is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and an active member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ms. Dawson was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1978 and was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Lisa Dufraimont

Lisa Dufraimont, J.D. (Toronto), LL.M., J.S.D. (Yale), joined the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School as Associate Professor in 2015. She was previously an Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean (Academic) at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University.  She served as a law clerk to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2001-2002 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003.  Professor Dufraimont teaches and conducts research on criminal law, procedure and evidence. Her scholarship has investigated the relationship between evidence law and the jury system, the psychological aspect of evidence rules, and the regulation of interrogation and confessions.  Professor Dufraimont has published numerous articles in leading Canadian law journals. She is co-author of Evidence: Principles and Problems, 11th ed., and Canadian Evidence in a Nutshell, 3rd ed.; Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports; and a regular contributor to the National Judicial Institute’s Criminal Essentials Eletter. She has also been involved in a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary research project investigating the effects of jury instructions on proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mary Eberts

Mary Eberts received her B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and her LL.M. from the Harvard Law School.  She was called to the bar of Ontario in 1974.  From 1974 to 1980, she taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, leaving there to join the litigation department at Torys, where she became a partner in January 1984.  In 1994, she established a small specialized litigation practice in Toronto, from which she does equality litigation across Canada.  In 2004-2005, she held the Gordon Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa.

In 1980, Mary was retained by Doris Anderson at the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women to provide advice on the draft Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and became deeply involved in the improvement of the Charter's guarantees of equality.  Under the auspices of the Council, she was a co-author of Women and Legal Action (1984) a review of public interest litigation in Canada up to the entrenchment of the Charter which established the blueprint for the founding of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund.  Mary was a co-founder of LEAF, and the first chair of its National Legal Committee, and acted as counsel in some of its early cases.  In 1991, she became counsel to the Native Women's Association of Canada, bringing its challenge to exclusion from the constitutional talks leading up to the Charlottetown Accord.  She remains counsel to NWAC, most recently acting in its Charter litigation and subsequent discussions with the Government of Canada on matrimonial real property on reserves.

Mary writes and lectures widely on equality issues, in Canada and abroad, and has been associated with the Constitutional Litigation course at the Faculty of Law since its inception.  She has received numerous honours for her work, including the Governor General's Gold Medal in Honour of the Persons' Case, the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario, the Women's Law Association of Ontario President's Award, and several honorary doctorates.

Jeanette Ettel

Jeanette Ettel is Senior Counsel with the Human Rights Law Section (HRLS) of the Department of Justice. Jeanette’s practice focuses on legal rights (ss. 7-12 of the Charter) in the criminal and regulatory contexts, equality and remedies. Before joining HRLS in 2009, Jeanette worked with the Legal Services Unit for the Canada Revenue Agency in the areas of administrative, Charter and income tax law. She served as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada (2005-2006) and holds degrees from the University of Victoria (LL.B. 2005), York University (Masters in Environmental Studies, 1999) and Bishop’s University (B.A. in Philosophy, 1996). 

Fabien Gélinas

Fabien Gélinas is Sir William C. Macdonald Professor of Law at McGill University, where he was formerly Associate Dean of Law and Director of the Institute of Comparative Law.  His teaching and research ranges from Constitutional Law and Transnational Law to Contracts, Arbitration and Legal Theory.   He was co-founder of the Montreal Cyberjustice Laboratory and now heads the Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research group at McGill.  Formerly General Counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, he is a member of the Quebec Bar and acts as arbitrator, expert and consultant on dispute resolution, constitutional matters and legal reform.  Professor Gélinas was a visiting professor at the Paris Centre for diplomatic and strategic studies, the Université de Paris II - Panthéon Assas, the National University of Rwanda in Butare, Trinity College Dublin, and Sciences Po Paris.

Edward S Goldenberg

Co-leader of the firm's government affairs and public policy practice, Edward Goldenberg has a corporate practice, advising clients on governance issues, public policy and government relations in Canada and abroad.

Eddie has a distinguished background working with the government of Canada, having been the Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (1993-2003) and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff (2003). During his long involvement with the Prime Minister's office, he was heavily involved in the preparation of 10 federal budgets, meetings between the Prime Minister and the provincial premiers, meetings with the heads of government of numerous countries, including all of the G-8 countries, Team Canada trade missions and cabinet committee meetings.

Prior to these roles, Eddie acted in various capacities in the federal government, including in all the major economic departments and as Special Constitutional Advisor to the Minister of Justice (1980-1982). He is one of the authors of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Eddie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University in 2004.

In 2006, he authored the best-selling book The Way It Works: Inside Ottawa.

In 2013, he was named as a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to public policy in Canada". The Order of Canada is one of Canada's highest civilian honours.

Eddie is a director of Teranga Gold Corporation, and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute.

Peter Hogg, CC, QC, FRSC

Peter is Canada's leading constitutional law scholar and professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School. He currently serves as the Scholar in Residence at Blakes LLP.

As Scholar in Residence, Peter continues with his academic work (writing and teaching) and provides counsel to the Firm in the areas of constitutional law, governmental liability and the law of trusts. He also assists with their continuing legal education and student recruitment activities.

Peter became a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1970. His connection with Blakes started in 1990, when he spent two years with us as Scholar in Residence while he prepared a new edition of his constitutional law treatise.

In 1992, Peter returned to Osgoode Hall but retained an informal affiliation Blakes. He came back to Blakes in 1997 to spend another year as Scholar in Residence. From 1998-2003, he served as dean of Osgoode Hall before returning once more to Blakes as Scholar in Residence.

Joshua Hunter

Josh Hunter has been Counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General since October 2007. Previously, he has been Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall E. Rothstein at the Federal Court of Appeal, Counsel in the Crown Law Office – Civil of the Ministry of the Attorney General, and Counsel in the Tax Litigation Section of the Department of Justice Canada. 

Josh holds a B.A. (Hons.) from McMaster University, an LL.B., an M.B.A., and an M.T.S. from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He is admitted to the practice of law in Ontario, England and Wales, New York, the United States Supreme Court, Australia, and New Zealand.  He has published papers on the rules of succession to the throne, Charter damages, judicial appointments, and electoral reform.

Josh has appeared in courts and tribunals in Ontario, Québec, and federally, including arguing on behalf of Ontario in the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions. Josh has particular experience in judicial independence matters, religious freedom and denominational education, parliamentary institutions and procedure, and Canadian and English legal history.

Thomas Isaac

Thomas Isaac is a nationally recognized authority in the area of Aboriginal law and leads Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP’s National Aboriginal Law Practice.    He has extensive cross-Canada experience advising energy, oil, gas, pipeline, mining and forestry companies, lenders/investors, and federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments and agencies.  Mr. Isaac has represented industry and government clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Divisional Court, BC Court of Appeal, BC Supreme Court, NWT Supreme Court, Yukon Supreme Court, Yukon Court of Appeal, National Energy Board, Ontario Energy Board and BC Environmental Appeal Board.  He has published extensively in the area of aboriginal law, including 12 books on aboriginal legal matters, including the 5th ed. of his text Aboriginal Law. His published works on Aboriginal law have been cited with approval by Canadian courts.

He is a former Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Government of British Columbia and former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for establishing Nunavut for the Government of the Northwest Territories.  He also served in a senior capacity with the Government of Saskatchewan dealing with Aboriginal issues.  Mr. Isaac has served as the Minister’s Special Representative to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs regarding a Section 35 Métis Rights and Reconciliation Framework and a reconciliation approach for the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Manitoba Métis Federation v. Canada.  His report –– A Matter of National and Constitutional Import: Section 35 Métis Rights and the Manitoba Métis Federation Decision - was released by Canada in July 2016.  Mr. Isaac is currently serving as the Minister’s Special Representative to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Premier of the NWT regarding the South Slave Region of the NWT. Mr. Isaac is also serving as the Minister's Special Representative to conduct exploratory discussions on the Gottfriedson class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada relating to residential day schools. Mr. Isaac is a member of the law societies of British Columbia, Alberta, NWT, Nunavut and Yukon.

Beverley Jacobs

Beverley lives and practices law at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario.  She is currently in the last stages of completing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Calgary that includes Law, Indigenous Wholistic Health and Indigenous Research Methodologies. The title of her thesis is “Impacts of Industrial Development on the Wholistic Health of the Mohawk Peoples of Akwesasne: A Human Responsibility and Rights Solution”.  Bev obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994 and a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. 

Beverley is also a consultant/researcher/writer/public speaker/lecturer and she is a former President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (elected 2004 to 2009).  She currently sits as an Aboriginal Advisory Member to an international organization called Save The Children Canada and volunteers on many other committees.

Bev's passion is about peacefulness and safety of Indigenous peoples, especially Indigenous women and girls.  For the past 20 or so years, much of her work has focussed on anti-violence work including advocacy for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and educating the public about the history and impacts of colonization, which has resulted in the historic traumas that are occurring to Indigenous peoples. 

In October 2008, Beverley was one of fifty women recognized by several Canadian peace organizations for her work and dedication to further a culture of peace in Canada.  In November, 2008, she became a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of Aboriginal women’s equality.  In May, 2010, she received a Circle of Honour Esquao Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women in Edmonton, Alberta.  Most recently, on December 1, 2016, Beverley received a Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law from the Governments of France and Germany for her human rights fight for the issues relating to Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

She is mother of Ashley and grandmother of Nicholas (15), Tessa (13), Bryson (8) and Kenna (6) who also live at Six Nations Grand River Territory.  She is partner to Patrick Sandy, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan

Sarah T Kraicer

Sarah T. Kraicer, B.A.(High Distinction)(U. of T.), L.L.B (with Honours) (U. of T.), called to the Bar In Ontario in 1988. Counsel with the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General since 1996, and before that practiced litigation with McCarthy Tétrault. Counsel to Ontario in a wide range of constitutional and human rights litigation, including Quebec Conference of Justices of the Peace v. Quebec,, Moore v. British Columbia (Education), R. v. Kapp, Lovelace v. Ontario, Auton v. British Columbia, Walsh v. A.G.  Nova Scotia, Wynberg and Deskin v. Ontario, Tranchemontagne and Werbeski v. Ontario.  Past Vice-Chair of the Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and a current Co-chair of the University Tribunal of the University of Toronto. Currently Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Constitutional Advocacy), and formerly Adjunct Instructor Osgoode Hall Law School (Trial Advocacy).  Fequent speaker and guest lecturer on constitutional law and constitutional litigation.  Author of numerous articles on constitutional law and advocacy.  Has served on the Board of Directors of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

Asad Kiyani

Asad Kiyani is an Assistant Professor of Law and an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Western University. He received his doctorate from the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Asad’s doctoral dissertation, entitled International Crime and the Politics of Criminal Theory, considered the theoretical foundations of international criminal law from the combined perspective of postcolonial theory and criminal law philosophy.  That research was supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a Four-Year Fellowship (UBC), and led to the award of the Charles Bourne Scholarship in International Law and the Dean of Law PhD Prize. Asad’s research focuses on critical legal theory, legal pluralism, domestic and transnational criminal law, and the legitimacy of international tribunals. His work appears in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and the American Journal of International Law Unbound, amongst others.  

Asad articled with the Department of Justice in Toronto, worked as a Pegasus Scholar with Garden Court Chambers and 2 Bedford Row in the UK, and as part of the sentence and conviction appeal team for Issa Hassan Sesay before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He received his LL.M. (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall.  Asad was recently awarded the Antonio Cassese Prize for International Criminal Law Studies.

Sonia Lawrence (CO-CHAIR)

Professor Sonia Lawrence joined Osgoode’s faculty in 2001. She graduated from the University of Toronto's joint LLB/MSW program, and went on to serve as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada. With the help of Fulbright and SSHRC Fellowships, she then attended Yale Law School where she focused on constitutional equality issues and welfare administration. Her work centers on questions of equality and includes examinations of the Supreme Court of Canada’s equality jurisprudence, the influence of feminism in Canadian law, sentencing regimes for 'drug mules,' diversity on the bench, and section 28 of the Charter. She is the Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.

Christine Mainville

Christine Mainville practices criminal law with Henein Hutchison LLP in Toronto. She represents clients in criminal, extradition and regulatory proceedings, in both English and French. She was called to the Québec Bar in 2007 and practiced criminal law with Shadley Battista in Montreal prior to moving to Toronto. She has appeared at all level of courts in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada. She has represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association in interventions before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Ms. Mainville was also co-counsel on the Nova Scotia Parsons Independent Review.

Prior to joining Henein Hutchison in 2011, Ms. Mainville was a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. She completed her law degree at McGill University where she was the recipient of a number of distinctions including the Brett Code Prize in Criminal Law and the Johnston Gold Medal. She also completed a master’s degree in Comparative Criminal Law at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon – Sorbonne), and a Bachelor’s in Criminology at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Mainville has lectured to Justices of the Peace in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as to police officers and fellow lawyers. She has been a guest instructor at Queen’s University and has appeared as an expert witness before the Senate, providing expert evidence on criminal law and policy.

Andrew Menchynski

Andrew Menchynski, B.A. (Hons), J.D. has been an associate at Presser Barristers since 2014. Prior to joining the criminal defence bar, he articled and was counsel at the Crown Law Office – Criminal. He currently practices at both trial and appellate levels. Andrew also assists clients with various professional and disciplinary matters.

‪Andrew has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Ontario Review Board and other administrative tribunals. He has appeared as counsel on a number of noteworthy cases, including R v Safarzadeh-MarkhaliR. v. Dowholis, R. v. Delchev, and Re Issariotis. Andrew has also presented at continuing legal education conferences and taught criminal law courses as an ad hoc lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

‪Andrew graduated in the top 3 per cent of his class from Osgoode Hall Law School where he was the recipient of several academic awards, including prizes for highest standing in Criminal Law and the Criminal Intensive Program. While in law school, Andrew participated in oral advocacy competitions and was awarded an advocacy prize by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Andrew’s written work has also been recognized with several academic and literary awards.

Andrew was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. He is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

Palma Paciocco

Professor Palma Paciocco’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminal law and theory, criminal procedure, evidence, sentencing, and professional ethics. Her scholarship has examined a wide variety of criminal justice issues, including the privacy interests of criminal suspects, the mental states that ought to attract criminal liability, and the role of prosecutors in determining sentencing outcomes. Her doctoral dissertation, which she completed as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School, considers the ethical obligations of prosecutors engaged in plea-bargaining.

Before beginning her doctoral studies, Professor Paciocco completed the Harvard Law School LLM program as a Thomas Shearer Stewart Travelling Fellow and a Landon H. Gammon Fellow. She holds BCL and LLB degrees from the McGill Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the gold medal, and a BA in philosophy and history from the McGill Faculty of Arts. Professor Paciocco served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Louise Charron of the Supreme Court of Canada. She is called to the bars of Ontario and New York.

Jill R Presser

Jill R. Presser was called to the bar in 1997. She is the principal lawyer at the law firm of Presser Barristers. Ms. Presser’s practice is primarily devoted to trial and appellate criminal defence. She regularly appears in courts at all levels and represents clients before administrative tribunals. She was a staff lawyer to the Hon. Stephen Goudge on the Commission of Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. Ms. Presser is often appointed amicus curiae by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in appeals involving unrepresented mentally disordered appellants. She also assists the Court of Appeal for Ontario as duty counsel for unrepresented inmate and in-person appellants. She was a senior lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario from 2006 - 2014 and prosecuted for the Attorney General of Ontario on a part-time basis from 2001 to 2007. Ms. Presser was an adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 2011 to 2016. She teaches, writes and speaks on a variety of topics in relation to criminal law, evidence, mental health, law and technology and women in the legal profession.”

Dan Priel

Dan Priel joined Osgoode’s full-time faculty in 2011.  Prior to that, he was a Visiting Professor at Osgoode during the 2010-11 academic year and an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick in the UK. From 2005 to 2007, he was Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellow-in-Law at Yale Law School, and before that a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation. He served as law clerk in the Israeli Supreme Court, and was co-editor-in-chief of the student-edited law journal at the Hebrew University Law Faculty. His current research interests include legal theory, private law (especially tort law and restitution), and he is also interested in legal history and in the application of the social sciences, in particular psychology, to legal research. His published work appeared in Law and PhilosophyLegal Theory, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and Texas Law Review.


François Tanguay-Renaud

Professor François Tanguay-Renaud is Director of York’s Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. He is also one of the founders and first Director of York’s Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA) combined program in law and philosophy, the founder and main administrator of the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (OLPP), the Coordinator of International Initiatives for Osgoode, and its former Associate Dean Research, Graduate Studies, and Institutional Relations.

Professor Tanguay-Renaud holds degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University, where he was both a Loran Scholar and a Greville-Smith Scholar. He also studied at the National University of Singapore, and completed his graduate work (BCL, MPhil, DPhil) at the University of Oxford, where he was in turn a Rhodes Scholar, holder of the Studentship of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law, as well as doctoral fellow of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) and of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Tanguay-Renaud was a Lecturer in Law at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and the Asian Network for Free Elections in Thailand, as well as with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.  Since starting at Osgoode, he has held Visiting Professor appointments at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore, the University of Oxford (H.L.A. Hart Fellow), the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics, Massey College, and the University of Minnesota Law School (Robina Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice).

His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas, including criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, viewed mostly through the lends of analytical legal theory.  He is editor (with James Stribopoulos) of a collection entitled Rethinking Criminal Law Theory:  New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law (Hart Publishing, 2012), and has published articles in leading journals such as Ethics, Legal Theory, Res Publica, Law and Philosophy, and Criminal Law and Philosophy as well as in many leading edited collections.  He is currently working on a book project on States as Wrongdoers in Morality and Law.

Jonathan Rudin

Jonathan Rudin received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.  In 1990 he was hired to establish Aboriginal Legal Services and has been with ALS ever since.  Currently he is the Program Director.  Mr. Rudin has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada including representing ALS before the Supreme Court in R v. Ipeelee (among other cases).

At ALS he helped establish the Community Council – the first urban Aboriginal justice program in Canada in 1992, and in 2001 helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court at the Old City Hall Courts in Toronto. 

Mr. Rudin has written and spoken widely on issues of Aboriginal justice.  He co-wrote the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ report on Justice – Bridging the Cultural Divide- and was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Ipperwash Inquiry.  Mr. Rudin also teaches on a part-time basis in the Department of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and also at Ryerson University.  Last but not least, he plays the mandolin and sings with Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, a group that plays regularly in Toronto and has a number of videos on YouTube.

Amy Salyzyn

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor, Amy received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School. Amy has also served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has practiced at a Toronto litigation boutique. Her litigation practice included a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, tort, professional negligence, securities litigation and employment law as well as administrative law matters. In Fall 2011, she was a Visiting Researcher at Osgoode Hall Law School.

In addition to legal ethics, Amy’s research focuses on gender and the law, law and technology and civil justice reform. In 2013, Amy was the Research Director for a project on ethical infrastructure in Canadian law firms that was undertaken by the Canadian Bar Association Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. She was also awarded the 2013-14 OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (Fellowship in Studies) to study the ethical implications of lawyers’ pre-litigation demand letters.

Amy is also a regular legal ethics columnist for Slaw.ca, a Canadian online legal magazine, and has contributed to Jotwell.com. She is currently co-chair of the National Steering Committee for the National Association of Women and the Law.

Douglas Sanderson

Douglas Sanderson was managing editor of the inaugural edition of the Indigenous Law Journal in 2002 while a student in the JD program.  He went on to get his LL.M from Columbia University. Prof. Sanderson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and he has been deeply engaged in Aboriginal issues from a policy perspective. From 2004-2007 he was a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario, first in the Office of the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and later, to the Attorney General. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During this time, he organized the highly successful 2008 Summit on Aboriginal Economic Development with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. 

Prof. Sanderson's research areas include Aboriginal and legal theory, as well as private law (primarily property law) and public and private legal theory. His work uses the lens of material culture and property theory to examine the nature of historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and possible avenues for redress. Moving beyond the framework of common law property rights and constitutional land/treaty rights, his scholarship focuses on Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community.

Lorne Sossin

Lorne Sossin became Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). Previously (1997-2002), he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Political Science, at York University. His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy and the judicial process. Dean Sossin was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP).

Dean Sossin has published numerous books, journal articles, reviews and essays, including Administrative Law in Context, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2013) (co-edited with Colleen Flood); Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012); The Future of Judicial Independence (Toronto: Irwin, 2010) (co-edited with Adam Dodek); Civil Litigation (Toronto: Irwin 2010) (co-authored with Janet Walker); Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) (co-edited with Peter Russell); Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) (co-edited with Sujit Choudhry and Jean-Francois Gaudreault-Desbiens); and Access to Care, Access to Justice: The Legal Debate over Private Health Insurance in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005) (co-edited with Colleen Flood & Kent Roach).

Dean Sossin served as Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Task Force on the Independence of the Bar and has written commissioned papers for the Gomery Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Goudge Inquiry. He also serves on the Boards of the National Judicial Institute, the Law Commission of Ontario and is a Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Member of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Dean Sossin served as Interim Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto in 2008-2009, and is currently the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto.

S. Ronald Stevenson

Ronald Stevenson is currently Senior General Counsel, Aboriginal Law with the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio at Justice Canada. Called to the Bar of Newfoundland in 1985 and Ontario in 2000, Mr. Stevenson has concentrated his practice on constitutional litigation and advice for the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada. He joined the federal Department of Justice in 1989. Before assuming his present responsibilities in 2000, he was General Counsel, Native Litigation Coordinator and General Counsel, Specific Claims. Mr. Stevenson holds degrees in political science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Oxford; a law degree from the University of Victoria; a Masters of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School; and a doctorate in Law from the University of Ottawa, awarded in 2015, title “The Political Theory of Aboriginal Rights Law in Canada: Prospects for Reconciliation”. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.



Stacey D Young

Stacey D. Young was called to the bar in 2001.  She received her LLM from the London School of Economics and her LLB and B. Soc. Sc. from the University of Ottawa.  She is a Deputy Director at Crown Law Office – Criminal which is responsible for handling appeals for all indictable offences prosecuted in Ontario, for offences within the jurisdiction of the province.  She has appeared at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  Ms. Young was previously Crown Counsel in Crown Law Office – Criminal, has acted as an Assistant Crown Attorney and served as counsel to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Criminal Law Division from 2011-2013.

Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the F.R. Scott Professor of Public and Constitutional Law at McGill University. He obtained a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of Western Ontario in 1986, a LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1989, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1996. After practicing law briefly, he returned to Oxford to teach for several years and then joined the Faculty of Law at Queen’s in 1999. He became a Full Professor in 2008 and served as Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) between 2008 and 2010. He joined the McGill Faculty of Law in 2016. Professor Walters researches and publishes in the areas of public and constitutional law, legal history, and legal theory, with a special emphasis on the rights of indigenous peoples, institutional structures, and the history of legal ideas