Speakers

 

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.

Kate Glover Berger

Kate Glover Berger (B.A., LL.B., LL.M., D.C.L.) joined Western Law as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Her areas of research and teaching specialization are constitutional and administrative law and she is the co-director of Western Law’s Public Law Research Group. In 2017, Kate was awarded the Prix d’Excellence de L'Association des Doyens des Études Supérieures au Québec for her doctoral research entitled “The Stories We Tell: The Supreme Court and the Constitution”. In 2015-16, Kate received the Western Law Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2016-17, she was named the law faculty’s Professor of the Year.

Kate has published widely in her primary areas of research and her work has appeared in multiple edited collections and peer-reviewed legal journals. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including at the “Re-writing Canada’s Constitution” Conference, the Comparative Public Law Workshop of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee of the American Society for Comparative Law and the University of Ottawa’s Public Law Group, the Osgoode Hall–University of Toronto Junior Faculty Forum, the Symposium on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Design at the Clough Centre for Constitutional Democracy, the Quebec Society of Comparative Law’s 50th Anniversary Conference, and the Osgoode Hall Constitutional Cases Conference.

Prior to joining Western Law, Kate was the Paul Martin Sr. Scholar at Cambridge University, as well as a Vanier Scholar, an O’Brien Fellow in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and the Ian Pilarczyk Teaching Fellow at McGill University. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007, after which she clerked for the Honourable Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced civil and public law litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa. In 2013, she served as co-counsel for the amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Senate Reform Reference.

Jamie Cameron

Professor Jamie Cameron has been a full-time member of the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1984. She holds law degrees from McGill University and Columbia University, clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Hon. Justice Brian Dickson, and was on the faculty at Cornell Law School before joining Osgoode. Today, Professor Cameron is one of Canada’s senior constitutional scholars, whose research and teaching interests focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, freedom of expression and the press, the Supreme Court of Canada, criminal law, American constitutional law, and judicial biography. She has written extensively in these areas; has been the editor and co-editor of a dozen book collections; and has chaired and co-chaired many conferences and events. She has been a Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for more than 20 years (and past vice-president) and has represented the CCLA in cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has been on the Board of Editors for the Ontario Reports for more than 25 years and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Free Expression (Ryerson University). Professor Cameron was appointed to the Ontario Review Board in 2013, and in 2018 was appointed to the Nunavut Review Board.

 

Gerald Chan

Gerald Chan is a partner at Stockwoods LLP where he practises criminal, constitutional, and regulatory litigation. He has been counsel for parties and interveners in 19 cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including various cases on digital privacy (R v Marakah, R v Jones, R v Fearon, R v Vu, R v Jones). He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in public law litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert, and Benchmark Litigation. He is co-editor of For the Defence and associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter. He is co-author of the 8th and 9th editions of Sentencing (LexisNexis) and Digital Evidence: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond Publishing). Gerald is a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the Ontario Court of Justice. Prior to being called to the Bar, Gerald graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School as co-gold medallist. He then clerked for Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Joseph Cheng

Joseph Cheng is Senior Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada’s National Litigation Sector (Ontario Regional Office). In this capacity, he litigates on behalf of federal government departments and agencies in the areas of constitutional, administrative, human rights, and regulatory law. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Cheng completed an Interchange Assignment as Counsel and Manager of Legal Research 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 a 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.

Mary Condon

Professor Mary Condon joined the Osgoode faculty in 1992 and was appointed Associate Dean (Academic) in July 2016. Between 2008 and 2016 she was appointed by the Ontario government as a Commissioner and Board Member of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). For three of those years (2011-2014) she served as one of two full-time Vice-Chairs of the OSC. In that capacity she was executive sponsor of a number of policy initiatives. She also issued numerous adjudicative decisions as a member of the OSC’s tribunal.

Professor Condon teaches Securities Regulation and Advanced Securities in Osgoode’s JD program and also directs and teaches in the Professional LLM in Securities Law program. In the 2009 winter term, she was awarded the Walter S. Owen Chair in Business Law at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, where she was also the co-director of the National Centre for Business Law.

Professor Condon’s research interests are focused primarily on the regulation of securities markets, investment funds, online investing, and pensions. She is co-author of Business Organizations: Principles, Policies and Practice (with Robert Yalden, Janis Sarra, Paul Paton, Mark Gillen and Ronald Davis). She is co-author of Securities Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (with Anita Anand, Janis Sarra and Sarah Bradley), [3rd edition in preparation in 2016]. She is the author of Making Disclosure: Ideas and Interests in Ontario Securities Regulation (UTP). She has also written articles, book chapters and policy papers on topics related to securities regulation and pensions policy and has given invited lectures on these topics in Canada and internationally.

Between 2014 and 2016 she served as a member of Canada’s National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the York University Pension Fund between 2005 and 2014.

Karen Drake

Professor Karen Drake is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario whose teaching and research interests include Canadian law as it affects Indigenous peoples, Anishinaabe law, Métis law, property law, and dispute resolution. She joined the Osgoode faculty in July 2017 from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University where she had been a faculty member since July 2013 and a founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Lakehead Law Journal. Prior to joining Lakehead, she articled with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, completed clerkships with the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, and practised for three years with Erickson & Partners, focusing on legal issues impacting Indigenous peoples, human rights, and labour and employment law.

Professor Drake’s research addresses the intersection between liberalism and Aboriginal rights, Métis legal issues, and the role of constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights and legal education in promoting reconciliation. Professor Drake has presented at education seminars held for Canada’s Department of Justice, Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the National Judicial Institute.

She is a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Bar Association and on the Thunder Bay Métis Council.

 

Lisa Dufraimont

Professor Lisa Dufraimont joined Osgoode Hall Law School in July 2015. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of criminal law and procedure and evidence. Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Dufraimont held a faculty position at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, where she began teaching as an Assistant Professor in 2006, became an Associate Professor in 2012, and served as Acting Associate Dean (Academic) for the first half of 2015. She earned her JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and was awarded both the Gold Medal and the Dean’s Key. She also holds an LLM and JSD from Yale University. She served as law clerk to the Honourable Justices Catzman, Carthy, Laskin and Rosenberg at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 2003.

Professor Dufraimont has published extensively on subjects related to criminal law and evidence, with a particular focus on the jury system and the psychological aspect of procedural and evidentiary rules. Her work has appeared in edited collections and in leading law journals including the McGill Law Journal, the Queen’s Law Journal, the UBC Law Review, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Canadian Criminal Law Review and the Criminal Law Quarterly. She was Co-Investigator on a SSHRC-funded psycho-legal research project investigating the effects of Canadian jury pattern jury instructions on the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

She is co-author of Evidence: Principles and Problems, 10th ed. (with Delisle, Stuart & Tanovich, 2012) and Canadian Evidence Law in a Nutshell, 3rd ed. (with Delisle, 2009). She is Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports and a regular contributor to the National Judicial Institute’s Criminal Essentials Eletter, which is distributed monthly to about 1000 Canadian judges.

Professor Dufraimont presents regularly at legal and judicial education seminars. While at Queen’s, she received the Law Students’ Society Teaching Excellence Award.

Research Interests: Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Law and Psychology

 

Michael Fawcett

Michael Fawcett works as Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office (Criminal) branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General. His practice focuses on criminal appellate law and, in particular, search and seizure and privacy-related matters. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He also lectures frequently on search and seizure law throughout the province. Prior to joining his current office in 2013, Michael worked at a litigation boutique in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk to the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008.

 

Joanna Harrington

Joanna Harrington is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta. She teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and international law, including foreign relations law, the law and practice of international organizations, the interplay between national bills of rights and international human rights law, and international and transnational criminal law. A lawyer since 1995, and a legal academic since 1999, she has also served as the academic-in-residence with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), providing advice to government on matters of international human rights law and international criminal law, and participating in multilateral negotiations at the United Nations and the Organization of American States. She has held visiting appointments at the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas at Austin, the latter as a senior Fulbright scholar, while her consultancy experience includes work with the United Nations Development Programme and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. She has also assisted counsel in private practice on matters of treaty law, human rights and transnational criminal law, and from 2010-2015, she served as an associate dean with campus-wide responsibilities for graduate education in all fields. Before becoming a law professor, she served as the legal adviser to a member of Britain's House of Lords for the passage of the Human Rights Act and other measures of significant constitutional reform. She earned her PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge as a Tapp scholar at Gonville and Caius College.

 

Jeffrey Hewitt

Jeffery Hewitt (Cree) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. His research interests include Indigenous legal orders and governance, constitutional and administrative law, human rights, business, art and law. He teaches constitutional law, access to justice, Indigenous Legal Traditions and Indigenous Peoples, Art + Human Rights.

Professor Hewitt has served as Visiting Scholar and McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University as well as adjunct faculty at both Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law; was the 2015 Charles D. Gonthier Fellowship from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; and a 2013/14 McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School examining the relationship between Indigenous art and law; is past-President of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada; and since 2002 served as General Counsel to Rama First Nation during which time General Counsel’s office received a 2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Social Responsibility for work with First Nation Elders and youth.

Professor Hewitt holds an LLB and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School and is called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario (since 1998); has served on various boards, including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto; and is currently on the executive of Legal Leaders for Diversity. Professor Hewitt has delivered numerous guest lectures at law schools as well as to both the judiciary and the legal profession in his areas of research.

Mahmud Jamal

Mahmud Jamal is a litigation partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. His national litigation practice includes constitutional and administrative law, the defence of class actions, banking litigation, competition litigation, tax litigation, and other regulatory litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in a wide range of civil, constitutional, regulatory and criminal cases, and before trial and appeal courts across Canada.

Howie Kislowicz

Howard (Howie) Kislowicz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Multiculturalism and the Law. From 2013-2017, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law. He completed his common law and civil law degrees at McGill University, and went on to serve as clerk to Justice Gilles Létourneau at the Federal Court of Appeal. After some time in private practice at a national firm in Toronto, he received his LLM and SJD at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alan Marks Medal for best thesis in the University of Toronto’s graduate law program, the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award. He has published his work in leading law journals and presented his research at national and international conferences, including the Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, the Osgoode Hall-University of Toronto Junior Faculty Forum, and the Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality.

 

Alison Latimer

Alison Latimer is a partner at Arvay Finlay LLP where she maintains a busy litigation practice. She is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has argued cases at all levels of court. Alison has acted as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in a number of significant constitutional cases including cases establishing the right to die (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), [2015] 1 SCR 331, 2015 SCC 5) and a successful challenge to federal laws authorizing solitary confinement (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association v Canada (Attorney General), 2018 BCSC 62).

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.

Senwung Luk

Senwung Luk is a Partner at the Toronto office of Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He has appeared in different levels of court and tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada and various courts of appeal, representing Indigenous clients fighting for their rights. He specializes in the protection of sacred spaces and cultural sites, in asserting treaty rights, in on-reserve service delivery, and in the duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities. He is also an expert in the Crown's fiduciary obligations to Indigenous peoples and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals on that topic. Senwung received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He served as law clerk to Mr. Justice John Evans of the Federal Court of Appeal. Senwung also received a BCL from the University of Oxford, and a BA from Yale University.

Vanessa MacDonnell

Professor Vanessa MacDonnell is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) and an expert in constitutional theory and human rights. Her work has appeared in leading international law journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Her current research examines how political actors interpret and implement constitutional imperatives. Her work is comparative and draws on constitutional law and theory from a range of jurisdictions. Recent projects have focussed on rethinking the concept of parliamentary sovereignty, developing a theory of quasi-constitutional legislation, and probing the role of civil servants in the implementation of constitutional rights. She is a member of the Board of Editors of the National Journal of Constitutional Law, and has held visiting research fellowships at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, and King’s College London.

 

The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin spent her formative years in Pincher Creek, Alberta and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965. She pursued her studies at the University of Alberta and, in 1968, received both an M.A. in Philosophy and an LL.B.

She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971 and practised law in Alberta and British Columbia. Commencing in 1974, she taught for seven years in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia as a tenured Associate Professor.

Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September 1981, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, in April 1989, she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. She is the first woman in Canada to hold this position.

In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She is the author of numerous articles and publications. She retired on December 15, 2017.

La très honorable Beverley McLachlin a grandi à Pincher Creek, en Alberta. Elle a étudié à l'Université de l’Alberta, où elle a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts (avec distinction) en philosophie en 1965, puis une maîtrise en philosophie et un baccalauréat en droit en 1968.

Admise au Barreau de l'Alberta en 1969 et au Barreau de la Colombie-Britannique en 1971, elle a exercé le droit en Alberta et en Colombie-Britannique. Pendant sept ans, à compter de 1974, elle a enseigné à titre de professeure agrégée permanente à la faculté de droit de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique.

Elle a amorcé sa carrière judiciaire en avril 1981, à titre de juge de la Cour de Comté de Vancouver. En septembre 1981, elle a été nommée juge à la Cour suprême de la Colombie-Britannique. Elle a accédé à la Cour d'appel en décembre 1985, puis est devenue juge en chef de la Cour suprême de la Colombie-Britannique en septembre 1988. Sept mois plus tard, en avril 1989, elle a prêté serment à la Cour suprême du Canada. Le 7 janvier 2000, elle est devenue la première femme à accéder au poste de juge en chef du Canada.

Outre ses fonctions judiciaires à la Cour suprême, la très honorable Beverley McLachlin a présidé le Conseil canadien de la magistrature, le Conseil consultatif de l'Ordre du Canada et le conseil d'administration de l'Institut national de la magistrature. Elle est l'auteure de nombreux articles et autres ouvrages. Elle s'est retirée le 15 décembre 2017.

Michael Pal

Professor Michael Pal researches primarily on the comparative law of democracy and election law. He publishes widely in law, political science, and public policy. He is currently working on projects related to voter suppression, electoral management bodies, electoral boundaries, election administration in democratic transitions, and democratic theory.

He joined the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section in 2014 and is a member of the Public Law Group. He teaches Studies in Public Law: The Law of Democracy, Constitutional Law II, and Criminal Law and Procedure.

Professor Pal is also a Fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation in the School of Public Policy and governance at the University of Toronto, where he works on issues of democratic representation and election law.

He has degrees in political science from Queen’s and the University of Toronto and in law from the University of Toronto and NYU. While completing his doctorate, he was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar, and taught in the legal research and writing program.

He has appeared before the House of Commons and Senate Committees studying the Fair Representation Act and has advised federal and provincial electoral boundary commissions and all levels of government. He has published extensively in the media on topics related to his research, including in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, and the Hill-Times and appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

During his J.D. studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, he was President of the Students’ Law Society, Senior Editor of the Faculty of Law Review, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Legal Aid Clinic of Ontario. He subsequently clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario for Justices Moldaver, Blair, Goudge, and Feldman, and worked in a national law firm in Toronto.

Professor Pal’s publications include:

Academic Articles and Book Chapters

“Breakdowns in the Democratic Process and the Law of Canadian Democracy” (2011) 57(2) McGill Law Journal 299

“The Promise and Limits of Citizens’ Assemblies: Deliberation, Institutions and the Law of Democracy” (2012) 38(1) Queen’s Law Journal 261

“Democratic Rights and Social Science Evidence” (2014) 32(2) National Journal of Constitutional Law 151

“Still Not Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution” (2014) 8(1) Canadian Political Science Review 85 (with Sujit Choudhry)

“Is Every Ballot Equal? Visible Minority Vote Dilution in Canada” (2007) 13(1) IRPP Choices 1 (with Sujit Choudhry)

“The Supreme Court of Canada’s Approach to the Recovery of Ultra Vires Taxes: At the Border of Private and Public Law” (2008) 66(1) University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 65

“The Impact of Regionally-Differentiated Employment Insurance Benefits on Charter-Protected Canadians” in Making EI Work, Keith Banting, ed. (Kingston-Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013) (with Sujit Choudhry)

Research Reports

“Moving Toward Voter Equality: Mowat Centre Report on the Proposed Electoral Boundaries for Ontario” (2012) (with Melissa Molson)

 

Debra Parkes

Debra Parkes is a Professor and Chair in Feminist Legal Studies in the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia where she teaches and researches in a variety of areas related to constitutional and human rights law with a focus on gender inequality, criminal law, and penal law and policy. She has published widely in these areas and has received funding from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to examine mechanisms for oversight and accountability of imprisonment in Canada. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law from 2009-2013 and President of the Canadian Law & Society Association from 2007-2010.

 

Alexander Pless

Alexander Pless is a member of the Barreau du Québec, a General Counsel with the federal Department of Justice Civil Litigation Directorate and teaches law at McGill University.

Me Pless completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and the National Law Program (Common Law and Civil Law) at McGill University, as well as a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University.

A litigator at the Quebec Regional Office since 1999, he has represented the Attorney General of Canada before all level of courts in Quebec. He practices primarily in constitutional and administrative law.

Me Pless was also Regional Manager and Special Advisor at the Government of Canada’s Residential School Office. Since 2011, he has taught administrative law and constitutional law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He has published a number of law journal articles and chapters in public law collections.

Before law, Alexander was a carpenter.

Me Alexander Pless est membre du Barreau du Québec, avocat général au ministère de la Justice Canada (Bureau régional du Québec) et enseigne de droit à l’Université McGill.

Me Pless a complété son baccalauréat en philosophie et le Programme national en droit (Common Law et droit civil) à l’Université McGill, ainsi qu’une maîtrise en administration publique à l’Université Harvard.

Avocat plaidant au Bureau régional du Québec depuis 1999, Me Pless a représenté le gouvernement du Canada devant les tribunaux québécois et les cours fédérales, ainsi que la Cour suprême du Canada.

Me Pless a également été gestionnaire régional et conseiller spécial au Bureau des pensionnats indiens du Gouvernement du Canada. Depuis 2011, il enseigne le droit administratif et le droit constitutionnel à la faculté de droit de l’Université McGill. Il a publié plusieurs articles de revue de droit et de chapitres d’ouvrages en droit public.

Dans une vie antérieure, Alexander a été menuisier entrepreneur.

Janna Promislow

Janna Promislow, BA, LLB (UVic), LLM (York), PhD (York) is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. Before her appointment at Thompson Rivers University, Janna clerked with the Law Courts of Alberta, and practiced law with Davis & Company in the Northwest Territories, focusing on residential schools claims and land claims agreement implementation. She has also worked as a policy advisor for the Government of Ontario on consultation with Aboriginal communities. Janna's teaching and research interests encompass constitutional and administrative law, Aboriginal law, colonial legal history, ethnohistory, Indigenous–settler relations and treaties, Indigenous law, and legal pluralism. She has published on Aboriginal administrative law, treaty relationships and interpretation, and the historical development of intersocietal law between Indigenous and European fur traders.

Bruce Ryder

Professor Ryder joined Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty in 1987. His research and publications focus on a range of contemporary constitutional issues, including those related to federalism, equality rights, freedom of expression, Aboriginal rights, and Quebec secession. He has also published articles that explore the historical evolution of constitutional principles and is currently researching the history of book censorship in Canada.

Justin Safayeni

Justin Safayeni practices mainly in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation and constitutional law, with a particular interest in cases at the intersection of aboriginal law and administrative law. He is an experienced litigator, having appeared several times before the Supreme Court of Canada, including as co-counsel for the appellants in the duty-to-consult case of Hamlet of Clyde River v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. and for a group of interveners in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia. Justin has also acted for interveners in judicial review proceedings challenging the Northern Gateway pipeline, and represents Amnesty International in ongoing proceedings before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal involving discriminatory funding for First Nations children living on reserves. He teaches administrative law as part of Osgoode Professional Development’s Canadian Common Law LL.M. Program, and writes frequently on legal topics in both industry and mainstream publications. He is the co-editor of the Stockwoods LLP Administrative and Regulatory Law Case Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honourable Justices Laskin, Goudge and MacFarland at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Craig Scott

Professor Craig Scott’s teaching and research have been primarily in the fields of public international law and private international law, with a focus on the place of international human rights law in both of these fields. His most recent work draws on all three of these fields, including in the areas of human rights torts across borders, transnational corporate accountability and transitional justice.  He has also written on constitutional rights protection in Canada and abroad. Much of his work has been on the theory and doctrine of economic, social and cultural rights. His work and teaching is strongly influenced by his interests in legal theory and in policy responses to globalization. He is series editor of Hart Monographs in Transnational and International Law, and is Founding Editor of Transnational Legal Theory.

Professor Scott has sought to create productive linkages between his academic work and various external commitments, particularly engagement with civil society. On the Canadian scene, he was one of the drafters of the Alternative Social Charter put forward during the Charlottetown constitutional round. He has been closely involved in advising equality-seeking, notably anti-poverty, groups on Canadian Charter of Rights litigation and on preparing interventions before various UN human rights bodies on Canada’s record of treaty compliance. He has been involved in appeals or interventions in the Supreme Court of Canada in major cases which have dealt with the interface of international law and Canadian law (PushpanathanReference re Secession of QuebecBaker). He advised in the formulation of the statement of claim in the civil lawsuit of Maher Arar against the Government of Canada and provided an expert report on Arar’s travel security during the settlement process.

Professor Scott was closely involved in the development of key aspects of the current South African constitution, beginning with his role advising the African National Congress on these matters while the ANC was still in exile. In 1993-1994, he served as co-counsel for the government of Bosnia in a case before the International Court of Justice, with responsibility for developing arguments on the limits of the powers of the UN Security Council. He has given academic opinions on international law to various governments and international organizations on issues related to such matters as the law of the sea, territorial claims and adjudicative procedures; he has also given opinions to non-governmental organizations and aboriginal government representatives on matters ranging from the legality of economic sanctions on Iraq to inland fisheries jurisdiction to transfer of environmental technology to counter global climate change. More recently, he was heavily involved with the London-based Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice and with the civil-society truth commission in Honduras known as the Comisión de Verdad, on which he served as a Commissioner.

Professor  Scott was a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, from 1989 to 2001. He joined Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000 following a term as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.  From 2001 to 2004, he was Osgoode’s inaugural Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies). During the 2010-2011 academic year, he was an Ikerbasque Fellow with the Basque Government’s Foundation for Science, based in Bilbao at the Universidad de Deusto. He was Director of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security from 2006 until the end of 2011.

Prior to starting his academic career, Professor Scott served as law clerk to the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Brian Dickson. He attended the Universities of Oxford and London on a Rhodes Scholarship.

From March 2012 to October 2015, he served as Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth in Canada’s House of Commons, and was the New Democratic Party’s Official Opposition Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform.

Daniel Sheppard

Daniel Sheppard relishes grappling with the most tangled, complex, obscure and unusual of legal problems. He works with individuals, community organizations, and unions who need his help to protect and advance their rights.

As a member of the firm’s research group, Dan conducts legal research and provides clear advice and solid opinions when called upon to assist other lawyers in the firm. As a litigator, he takes on cases before tribunals, trial courts, and appellate courts, up to the Supreme Court of Canada and beyond. Dan is one of the relatively few Canadian lawyers who have acted in cases at the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and is regularly retained by public interest organizations to intervene in constitutional cases.

Dan’s cases frequently have public law and constitutional dimensions. He is driven to use his skills to advance the cause of social justice. Individual clients facing criminal law problems, advocacy groups seeking progressive social reform through litigation, and public bodies seeking to further their public interest mandates have equally benefited from Dan’s dedication to their causes.

Students at Osgoode Hall Law School benefit from Dan’s breadth of practical experience and theoretical insights as a social impact litigator through the Test Case Litigation Program, which he directs as an adjunct professor. He also teaches oral and written advocacy skills as the coach of one of Osgoode’s mooting teams.

When he’s not wielding these legal weapons, it’s his spatula, whisk, and French mandolin you should watch out for. Dan is a gifted and inventive cook and loves to prepare elaborate meals for guests.

Andrea Slane

Dr. Andrea Slane is Associate Dean, Research, and Associate Professor in Legal Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her research focusses on law’s interface with digital communication technologies. She has published articles on the nature of privacy interests in sexual images; on the appropriate limits to privacy protection online; legal approaches to various forms of online exploitation of vulnerable people; personality rights and other efforts to use intellectual property to protect personal information and identity. Her current research examines novel claims rooted in data protection, consumer protection, privacy, or personality rights that aim to protect a person’s identity in complex information environments, and the responsibilities of various online business models to protect these interests.

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.

Hamish Stewart

Hamish Stewart is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, where he has taught criminal law and evidence since 1993. His most recent book is Fundamental Justice (Irwin Law, 2012), a treatise on s. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is also the author of the Evidence title of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2010; reissue, 2014), principal author of the loose-leaf title Sexual Offences in Canadian Law (Canada Law Book, 2004), and general editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook (4th ed., Emond Montgomery, 2016).

 

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 a 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 University of Minnesota Law School (Robina Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice), the University of Oxford (H.L.A. Hart Fellow), the National University of Singapore, the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and Faculty of Law, Massey College, and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU). He currently also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of McMaster University.

Professor Tanguay-Renaud started his association with Osgoode in 2006 when he came as a visiting scholar to help redesign the mandate of the Nathanson Centre. He served as Associate Director of the Centre in 2008-2010, Acting Director in 2010-2012, and has been its full-time Director ever since.

His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas viewed mostly through the lens 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.

Professor Tanguay-Renaud regularly teaches courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, the philosophical foundations of criminal law, jurisprudence, and the rule of law. He was the recipient of the Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Award in 2017.