Justice Rosalie Abella

 Justice Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Court.

She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in 1967 and an LL.B. in 1970. In 1964 she graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972 and practiced civil and criminal litigation until 1976 when she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court at the age of 29, the youngest and first pregnant person appointed to the judiciary in Canada. She was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992.

She was the sole Commissioner of the 1984 federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of "employment equity". The theories of "equality" and "discrimination" she developed in her Report were adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada in its first decision dealing with equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1989. The report has been implemented by the governments of Canada, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and South Africa. She subsequently served as Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (1984 to 1989), Chair of the Ontario Law Reform Commission (1989 to 1992), and Boulton Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of McGill University (1988 to 1992). She also served as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission; as a member of the Ontario Public Service Labour Relations Tribunal; as Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Academic Discipline Tribunal; as a member of the Premier's Advisory Committee on Confederation; and as Chair of the Study on Access to Legal Services by the Disabled.

She has written over 90 articles and written or co-edited four books. She was made a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. She has given, among others, the Harlan Lecture at Princeton, the Ryan Lecture at Georgetown, the Winchester Lecture at Oxford, the Anderson Lecture at Yale, and was the Bullock Chair at the Hebrew University, the Mackenzie King Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard, the Floersheimer Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Cardozo, a Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Toronto Law School, and Bright International Jurist in Residence at the University of Hawaii School of Law.

She was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize; Chair of the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario; director of the Institute for Research on Public Policy; moderator of the English Language Leaders’ Debate in 1988; a member of the Canadian Judicial Council’s Inquiry on Donald Marshall, Jr.; Program Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Study Conference; Chief Rapporteur in Halifax and Co-Chair in Vancouver of the 1992 Renewal of Canada Conferences; Trustee of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada; Governor of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University; and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute.

Justice Abella has been active in Canadian judicial education, organizing the first judicial seminar in which all levels of the judiciary participated, the first judicial seminar in which persons outside the legal profession were invited to participate, the first national education program for administrative tribunals, and the first national conference for Canada's female judges.

Justice Abella was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario); the International Justice Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation; the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; the Honourable Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award; and the Bora Laskin Award for Distinguished Service in Labour Law.  She has 35 honourary degrees.

Justice Abella was born in a Displaced Person's Camp in Stuttgart, Germany on July 1, 1946. Her family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. She is the daughter of Jacob and Fanny Silberman. She is married to Canadian historian Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers.

Nicole Aylwin

Nicole Aylwin is the Assistant Director of the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, a justice innovation hub at Osgoode Hall Law School dedicated to improving access to justice. She is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. Ms. Aylwin currently works on issues related to access to justice, dispute resolution and innovation in the justice system. She is a co-editor of the Journal for Arbitration and Mediation and is a lead researcher on several access to justice research projects and pilots, including the Family Justice & Mental Health Social Lab, a joint project with Legal Aid Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association that uses to design thinking methods to develop innovative prototypes that improve the family justice system. She has previously taught at York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Aharon Barak

 Aharon Barak is the most prominent lawyer, legal scholar, and judge in Israel of his generation. A full professor at the Hebrew University at the age of 36, even prior to this Barak was already known as an international expert in civil law, chairing important international committees in this field. Barak was appointed as Attorney General of Israel at age 39, and three years later (in 1978) he was appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court. In 1995, he was nominated as the President of the Supreme Court of Israel and he served in this position until his retirement in 2006. Barak is considered to be one of the most brilliant and fruitful legal scholars of our time. As a Judge, Barak was the driving force behind the fundamental transformation of Israeli law throughout the last 30 years and the rise of the Supreme Court as an influential and central institution in the protection of democratic values in the Israeli polity. His decisions have shaped almost every field of law, and have had profound impact on the status of this court among the international legal community. While Barak began his career as an expert in civil and commercial law, as a judge he soon became the most influential figure on the bench in public and constitutional law. Subsequently, Barak became increasingly interested in international law and his rulings in this field are now studied by lawyers and scholars around the world. Throughout his career as a judge Barak did not cease his work as a legal scholar and published numerous books on legal interpretation and methodology—some of which have been translated to several languages.

Barak began his association with the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University as a law student in 1955, going on to become a faculty member and a Dean of the Faculty in 1974-1975. As an Attorney General and Justice of the Supreme Court, Barak continued to teach at the Faculty, and he regards the Faculty not only as his Alma Mater but also as his intellectual home. It was thus only natural that upon Barak's retirement from the bench, the Faculty decided to honor his commitment and devotion to the Hebrew University and his contributions to Israeli law and society through the establishment of the Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research.

Benjamin Berger

 Professor Benjamin Berger’s areas of teaching and research specialization are criminal and constitutional law and theory, law and religion, and the law of evidence.  He holds an appointment as an Associate Professor (status only) in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and is a member of the faculty of the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies at York University.  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 is the author of Law’s Religion: Religious Difference and the Claims of Constitutionalism (University of Toronto Press, 2015).  His work has appeared in multiple edited collections and in legal and interdisciplinary journals such as: Canadian Journal of Law and JurisprudenceLaw, Culture and the HumanitiesMcGill Law JournalOsgoode Hall Law JournalICON; and the Journal of Comparative Law.  He is the 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 is also co-editor of The Grand Experiment: Law and Legal Culture in British Settler Societies, published by UBC Press in October 2008.  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, is involved in public interest advocacy, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.  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.  He was awarded the Canadian Association of Law Teacher’s Prize for Academic Excellence in 2015.

Professor Berger convenes the Osgoode Colloquium in Law, Religion & Social Thought.

Yishai Blank

Yishai Blank is an Associate Professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, and the former Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Faculty. His areas of research and teaching include Local Government Law, Administrative Law, Global Cities, Legal Theory, Urban Legal Policy, and Secularism. Blank obtained his LL.B. and an additional B.A in Philosophy (both magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Prof. Aharon Barak. He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, where he received his SJD. Yishai was a member of the Young Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences Forum of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, and he is a two time recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). He was a visiting professor in universities around the world, including Cornell University, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Sciences Po, Hamburg University, and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Some of his publications include: The Geography of Sexuality, The Re-enchantment of Law, Localism in the New Global Legal Order, The Spheres of Citizenship, and The City and the World. 

Hon. Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler is Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, long time Member of Parliament, and recent founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. As Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, he initiated the first-ever law on human trafficking; crafted the first ever marriage equality legislation; headed the Canadian delegation to the Stockholm Conference on the Prevention and Combating of Genocide; and made the pursuit of international justice a priority for Canada, including initiating the first ever prosecutions for incitement to genocide and the commission of mass atrocity crimes in Rwanda.

An international human rights lawyer, he has served as counsel to prisoners of conscience including Andrei Sakharov and Natan Sharansky (Soviet Union), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim (Egypt) and, more recently, imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, and the imprisoned Baha'i leadership in Iran. He was also a member of the International Commission of Inquiry On the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg, which was reported in June, 1990.

Among his recent honors, he was the first Canadian recipient of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation’s Centennial Medal; the first recipient of the Roméo Dallaire Award for Human Rights Leadership; was elected 2014 Canadian Parliamentarian of the Year by his colleagues; and received the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Inaugural Human Rights Award. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian award.

Adam Dodek

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Aviv Gaon

Aviv Gaon, LL.B (Hon), LL.M (The Interdisciplinary Center, Israel) is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School and a fellow of ISEF Foundation, International Graduate Program (President’s Fund Fellow). Prior to his arrival at Osgoode, Aviv instructs the Moot-Court program at the IDC Radzyner School of Law. During his legal studies, Aviv was appointed editor of the Radzyner law school law review – The IDC Law & Business Journal, as well as a researcher in the Intellectual Property field. Aviv is a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 2011 and parallel to his teaching positions, worked as an associate at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., one of Israel’s top ranking law firms (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500).

Benjamin Geva

 Dr. Benjamin Geva is a Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He specializes in commercial, financial and banking law, particularly in payment and credit instruments, fund transfers, electronic banking, central banking, and the regulation of the payment system. He obtained his LLB  (cum laude) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1970) and his LLM and SJD at Harvard, and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1982. He has been on the Osgoode faculty since 1977. He practised with Blake, Cassels and Graydon in Toronto and is now counsel with Torys where he is a member of the Payments and Cards Practice Group.

He was awarded prestigious competitive grants among others by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Foundation of Legal Research of the Canadian Bar Association and has written extensively in his areas of expertise, including a monograph on Financing Consumer Sales and Product Defences in Canada and the US (Toronto: Carswell, 1984), a treatise on the Law of Electronic Funds Transfer (New York: Matthew Bender, 1992, kept current with annual updates, since 1997 with contributors), a comparative law text on Bank Collections and Payment Transactions (Oxford: OUP, 2001), and a monograph on The Payment Order of Antiquity and the Middle Ages — A Legal History (Oxford and Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2011. As well, he is the founding editor in chief of the Banking and Finance Law Review (BFLR).

He held visiting positions, in the United States at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, the University of Utah and Northwestern University as well as in the summer program of Duke University in Hong Kong; in Israel at Tel Aviv University; in Australia in Monash, Deakin and Melbourne Universities; in Singapore at the National University of Singapore, in Germany in the University of Hamburg, and in France at the faculté de droit et de science politique d’Aix-Marseille. He has been a Visitor at the law faculties of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England and at Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany, as well as a Senior Global Research Fellow, at the Hauser Global Visitors Program, New York University School of Law.

Under the IMF technical assistance program he has advised and drafted key financial sector and payment systems legislation for the authorities of several countries, particularly, on missions for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Haiti, Yugoslavia (Serbia), Cambodia, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, and Sri Lanka. Particularly in Canada but also in the United States and in the international arena he has been on legislative committees and drafting working groups in the areas of personal property security, securities transfers, letters of credits & independent guarantees, and payment law.

His current research is on the bank money, bank deposits, negotiable instruments & funds transfers, and payment and settlement systems.

Kate Glover

 Kate Glover is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Her primary areas of research and teaching are constitutional and administrative law. Kate’s scholarship has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed publications, including the McGill Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Alberta Law Review, the Review of Constitutional Studies, and the Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke, and she has presented her work at national and international conferences, most recently at the Toronto-Osgoode Junior Faculty Forum, the Osgoode Hall Constitutional Cases Conference, and the “Politics and the Constitution” Symposium of the American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativists’ Society. In 2015-16, Kate was awarded the Western Law Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to joining Western Law, Kate was 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 2013, Kate served alongside Daniel Jutras as counsel for the amicus curiae in the Senate Reform Reference before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ian Greene

Ian is a Professor Emeritus and University Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Now partly retired, he continues to teach courses in Canadian public law, the Charter of Rights, court organization and management, and public sector ethics. He is a former Master of McLaughlin College, and the former Director of the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program. He serves on the Executive of the York Collegium for Practical Ethics.

Ian is the former Master of McLaughlin College. He is also the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration. Now partly retired, he continues to teach courses in Canadian public law, ethics in the public service, the Charter of Rights, ethics and administrative law, and theoretical perspectives in public law.

He has been coordinator of York's undergraduate program in public policy and administration, as well as the undergraduate director in the political science department. He was an associate dean in the Faculty of Arts from 1997 to 2000. He has been associate director of York's MPA Programme, and co-director of the professional development LLM programme in administrative law.

He is a member of the executive of the Collegium for Practical Ethics, and from 2003 to 2004, he was Chair of the York University Senate.

Asher Grunis

Dr. Asher Dan Grunis was born in Israel in 1945. Following his service in the Israel Defense Forces (1962-1965), he earned an LL.B. degree (1968) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1967 he began his articles of clerkship and in 1969 Dr. Grunis was admitted to the Israeli bar. Dr. Grunis earned a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in 1972 from the University of Virginia Law School, United States, and in 1977 he was awarded a D.Jur. by Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, Canada.

From 1976 to 1987, Dr. Grunis taught at the Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University. In the years 1981-1988, he also maintained a full-time private practice. In September 1988, Dr. Grunis was first appointed to the bench, sitting for eight years as a judge in the Beer-Sheba District Court, followed by a further six years in the Tel-Aviv District Court.

In April 2002, Dr. Grunis was given a one-year appointment to the Supreme Court of Israel, and in June 2013 he was appointed as one of its fifteen permanent Justices. In February 2012, he became President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court, serving until his retirement in January 2015 (upon reaching the mandatory age). Dr. Grunis currently lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Rina Meshel-Grunis (a former judge in the Tel-Aviv District Court). He has three daughters and two grandsons.

Richard Haigh

 Richard A. Haigh is an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Director of York’s Centre for Public Policy and Law and Co-Director of the Part-Time LLM program in Constitutional Law at Osgoode Professional Development. He was, until December 2007, the Associate Director, Graduate Program at Osgoode Professional Development.

He has been a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, a Senior Advisor at the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa, and a Legal Research and Writing Lecturer at Osgoode. His research and teaching interests include Constitutional Law, Public Law, and Equity and Trusts, particularly the areas of freedom of conscience and religion.

His recent published works include papers on division of powers in freedom of expression cases, freedom of conscience and whistleblowing, freedom of religion, dialogue theory, noise by-laws, election financing laws and prisoner’s voting rights; he also contributed a chapter to the State and Citizen casebook on Public Law (Emond-Montgomery, 2006, 2nd ed., 2011).

Tsvi Kahana

Tsvi Kahana is an Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. He is the co-editor of “The Least Examined Branch: The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State” (with Richard W. Bauman, Cambridge University Press, 2006), “Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives (with Beverley Baines and Daphne Barak Erez, Cambridge University Press, 2012) and “Boundaries of State, Boundaries of Rights: Human Rights, Private Actors, and Positive Obligations” (with Anat Scolnicov, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Justice Edward Morgan

 Edward M. Morgan was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court in Toronto in June 2012. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and taught in the fields of Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and International Law. He practiced civil litigation at Davies, Ward & Beck in Toronto, first as an associate (1989-1992) and then as a partner (1992-1997) before joining the University of Toronto. He appeared as counsel at all levels of courts in Canada, and as expert witness on international matters in Canadian, American, and European courts. He was a law clerk to Madam Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada (1984-1985), and has guest-lectured and taught as a visiting professor in the United States, Europe, Israel, and East Africa. He has published numerous articles in law journals and other periodicals, and is the author of International Law and the Canadian Courts (Carswell, 1990) and The Aesthetics of International Law (U. of T. Press, 2007). From 2004-2007 he was national president of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Liav Orgad

Liav Orgad is a Senior Lecturer at IDC Radzyner School of Law, a Marie Curie Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, and a Member of the Global Young Academy. He is the winner of the Eric Stein Prize by the American Society for Comparative Law (2011), the author of “The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights” (Oxford University Press, 2016), and the recipient of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether Grant (1 Mio. Euro).

Meital Pinto

 Dr. Meital Pinto is a senior lecturer at the Carmel Academic Center School of Law, Haifa, Israel.

Meital has an S.J.D. (2009) and an LL.M. (2005) from University of Toronto. Prior to her graduate studies Meital served as a law clerk to Justice Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.

Meital teaches in the fields of Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law.

Meital’s research focuses on the issues of discrimination, and minority rights within multicultural societies (especially language rights and religious freedom), including rights of minorities within minorities.

Among her recent publications are: "The Right to Culture, the Right to Dispute, and the Right to Exclude: A New Perspective on Minorities within Minorities" 28 RATIO JURIS 521-539 (2015); "Taking Language Rights Seriously" 25 KING'S LAW JOURNAL (Hart Publishing) 231-254 (2014); "Philosophy of Language Policy" in Bernard Spolsky ed., The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy 37-58 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) (With Denise Réaume); "What Are Offences to Feelings Really about? A New Regulative Principle for the Multicultural Era, 30(4) OXFORD JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 695 (2010); “On the Intrinsic Value of Arabic in Israel - Challenging Kymlicka on Language Rights” 20(1) THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF LAW & JURISPRUDENCE 143-172 (2007).

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 TheoryOxford Journal of Legal Studies, and Texas Law Review.

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.

Hart Schwartz

Hart Schwartz is Counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. He is former Director of the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He was counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General from 1987 to 2002 and a former lecturer in law at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has taught an appellate advocacy course at Queen’s University Faculty of Law. A graduate of Osgoode Hall (LLB) and New York University (LL M) he is also the author of various articles on the Charter of Rights, criminal law, and human rights issues.

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, her 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.

Research Interests: Transnational Law, Legal Theory, Law and Social Justice, Democratic Theory and Institutions, Law and the Arts.

Hillel Somer

Dr. Sommer is a Senior Lecturer at the Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzelia, Israel, where he teaches Constitutional law and Advertising Law. His research focuses mainly on the institutions and the allocation of powers, with an emphasis on the Israeli system. In addition to his position on the faculty of the law school, Sommer served as IDC's founding Dean of Student Affairs (1995-2000) and Vice-Dean of the law school (2002-2008).

Sommer received the degree of J.S.D. and his LL.M. degrees from Yale Law School. Sommer is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for his studies at Yale.

He received his LL.B, magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he was deputy editor-in-Chief of the Law Review (highest student position).

Dr. Sommer served as Civil and Political Rights Counsel to the Knesset's Law, Constitution, and Justice Committee in its 2005-2006 attempt to draft a constitution for the state of Israel.

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.

Chief Justice George Strathy

The Honourable George R. Strathy was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario June 13, 2014

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on April 25, 2013. For the previous five years he served as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in the Toronto Region, where he presided over civil, class action and criminal matters.

Chief Justice Strathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1970 and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to pursue graduate studies. He received a Master of Arts degree in International Relations at the University of Toronto in 1971. He attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was awarded the Gold Medal in 1974.

In practice, he specialized in civil litigation, with particular emphasis in Maritime and Transportation Law. He was a partner in the firms of MacKinnon, McTaggart, Campbell Godfrey and Lewtas, and Fasken Martineau Walker before establishing his own firm in 1991. The firm ultimately became Strathy & Isaacs.

He was active in a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association (Chair of the Young Lawyers' Division and member of the Executive Committee), the Canadian Maritime Law Association (Vice-President), the Canadian Association of Maritime Arbitrations (Vice-President), and the Canadian Association of Average Adjusters (Chairman). He is the author of two books on marine insurance in Canada as well as numerous papers and articles.

Chief Justice Strathy is married to Elyse Strathy. They have five daughters and four grandsons. He is an enthusiastic, but not particularly talented, squash player, golfer and tandem cyclist.

Mohammed Wattad

 Mohammed Wattad is a legal scholar specializing in international and comparative criminal law and constitutional law. He is the 2015 winner of the Best Young Scholar Award on Israel Studies, and the 2007 and the 2008 winner of the Best Legal Oralist Award of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences. Wattad is a graduate of numerous leading universities in Israel, England, the USA, Canada, and Germany. Leading among the prestigious scholarships he received are Fulbright, Halbert, and Minerva fellowships. Wattad is an Assistant Professor of Law at Zefat Academic College in Israel, and the recent two years he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Irvine.  Between 2003-2004, he served as a legal clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel under the supervision of Justice Dalia Dorner, and between 2010-2015 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal 'Medicine and Law'.

Lorraine Weinrib

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