Past Research Projects

The York Centre for Public Policy and Law supports research by individual faculty members as well as collaborative research initiatives involving clusters of faculty and external partners. In the past we have partnered with research government agencies and private-foundations, and administered award-based projects led by YCPPL Research Associates.

For information regarding how the YCCPL can assist you with the preparation of related grant applications or to have the YCPPL administer your Research Project, please contact


The Supreme Court by Numbers. In partnership with                                                                                  Project Date: 2015-2016
Funder: Founder for Legal Research
Co Principal: Richard Haigh, Direct and Dan Priel, Osgoode.

Asian-Pacific Dispute Resolution Program: understanding integrated compliance with International trade and human rights standards in comparative perspective. In partnership with the Institute for Asian Research, Dr. Pitman B. Potter
Project Date: 2009-2016
Funder: SSHRC, Multi Collaborative Research Initiative
Co-Investigator: Dr. Lesley Jacobs, YCPPL Member, York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Coordinated Compliance with International Human Rights and Trade Law
Project Date: 2009-2016
Funder: MCRI, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Investigator:  Lesley Jacobs

The Cost of Justice: Weighing the Costs of Fair and Effective Resolution to Legal Problems. In partnership with the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. The Cost of Justice project will develop methods to measure what our civil justice system costs, who it serves, whether it is meeting the needs of users and the price of failing to do so.
Project Date: 2010-2015
Funder: SSHRC, Community-University Research Alliances Competition (CURA)
Research DirectorsTrevor Farrow, Chair of the Board of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Diana Lowe, QC of Alberta Justice and Chair of the Forum’s Research Committee, Dr. Lesley Jacobs of York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Dr. Mary Stratton who was formerly the Forum’s Research Director.
Read more about the Costs of Justice Project here.

Research in Public Policy and Law
Project Date: 2008-2012
Funder: Law Foundation of Ontario
 Investigators:  Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School

Privacy Rights Mobilization Among Marginal Groups in Canada: Fulfilling the Mandate of PIPEDA 

To read the report click here: Privacy Rights PIPEDA paper
For more details about the project, please visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner project page.
Project Date: 2010-2011
Funder: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Contributions Program
Investigators: Lesley Jacobs, Barbara Crow, Kim Sawchuk

"Competing Human Rights Policy Dialogue" 
Project Date: 2009-2010
Funder: Ontario Human Rights Commission
Investigators:  Lesley Jacobs & Lorne Foster

“Mapping the Legal Consciousness of First Nations Voters:  Understanding Voting Rights Mobilization”
Project Date: 2009
Funder: Elections Canada
Investigator:  Lesley Jacobs

"Social Science Research and the Canadian Courts"
Project Date: 2007-2010
Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Investigator:  Ian Greene