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Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, one of the world’s leading law faculties, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in — and pushing the boundaries of — legal scholarship and legal education.  In the coming year, Osgoode expects to make three appointments (two at the rank of Assistant Professor and one position at any rank).  Subject to final budgetary approval and Osgoode Faculty Council approval, these appointments will be effective July 1, 2017.

Priority Clusters

Osgoode invites applications from individuals with exceptional records of academic accomplishment with respect to the following strategic clusters that the Law School is prioritizing this recruitment cycle (in alphabetical order):

Contracts and Commercial Law

Osgoode is seeking a scholar to deepen its capacities and presence in the area of contract law and commercial law, including from perspectives that connect legal doctrine with policy analysis and/or from theoretical perspectives on “private law” as a whole.  In addition to such a general focus, we welcome interest, including teaching interest, in one or more specific fields of law with major transactional dimensions — fields such as real estate; sale of goods; secured transactions; employment law; e-commerce; and/or maritime law.

Dispute Resolution

Osgoode is seeking a scholar of civil legal process whose research work and teaching interests connect various traditional or increasingly standard domains (civil procedure, class actions, arbitration, negotiation, mediation, ombudspersons, and so on) with non-traditional or less common processes (truth commissions, discussion circles, post-conflict honour tribunals, and so on).  In making these connections, the ideal candidate thinks creatively and innovatively about process values and principles, institutional design, the role of technology, and new or emerging delivery models, and is interested in engagement with possible future directions that dispute resolution may or should take.

Law and Governance Challenges for the Digital and Information Age

Osgoode is seeking a scholar whose work engages with various challenges of increasing importance in an era of ever-deepening digitization of society, and of trends toward “total information awareness” on the part of corporations, governments, and citizens.  There are multiple angles of vision on the role of law in theorizing and regulating these phenomena —areas of focus could include one or more of the following: privacy law; access to information; security, surveillance and accountability; impacts of new forms of commercialization, corporatization and trade categories; legal regulation of artificial intelligence, robotics, and the wired body; the frontiers of ICT regulation; and the promises and perils for democracy.

Scholar of Special Distinction

This priority category refers to a candidate recognized as one of the top scholars in her or his field(s), where the field or fields need not be one of the above-listed strategic clusters.

Strategic Commitments

More generally, Osgoode approaches recruitment with an openness to learning about emerging or projected approaches to legal research and legal education from candidates themselves.  So too is Osgoode interested in hearing from candidates not only about interests in teaching in their area/s of research expertise but also about their willingness to support the curriculum as a whole, including through teaching courses that do not currently overlap with their research as well as in terms of clinical pedagogy and life-long professional learning.  As such, the recruitment committee places considerable emphasis on candidates’ ability to contribute to the enrichment of Osgoode’s academic community and intellectual life — as well as to wider societal debates.

In preparing their applications, candidates may also wish to take into account and address the following general strategic commitments in addition to the priority clusters listed above, as applicable (in no ranked order).  Osgoode is committed to:

  • deepening the integration of Indigenous Law  and the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples and persons throughout the Law School’s curriculum and community life, as well as deepening Osgoode’s long-standing leadership in this area of scholarship.
  • being a faculty with a passion for teaching that includes a learning environment that values both experiential education and exposure of students to a variety of theoretical perspectives on law.
  • expanding the breadth of research methodologies brought to bear on research and teaching, whether new methodologies or existing methodologies that Osgoode seeks to have better represented.  Areas of ongoing interest include empirical research methods and various interdisciplinary perspectives on law, from legal history to economic analysis of law to visualization theory to cognitive science.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with government regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  Osgoode Hall Law School is furthermore committed to equality and diversity.  The Law School’s Employment Equity Plan aims to increase the representation of members from these five groups: women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  The employment equity provisions apply to applicants who self-identify as members of one or more of these groups using the form provided.

Interested individuals should submit an application online consisting of the following:

  • a cover letter identifying their areas of specialization and their areas of interest for both research and teaching, as well as discussing how they might help advance any of Osgoode’s strategic aspirations
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • three signed confidential letters of academic reference
  • copies of law and graduate transcripts
  • a detailed research plan
  • a teaching dossier
  • three sample publications

The teaching dossier should be no more than 15-20 pages and should include a statement of teaching philosophy, an account of teaching experiences and related responsibilities (list of courses taught/course outlines, examples of print and digital teaching materials and how they are used), a summary of commitment to professional development (participation in teaching workshops; supervision of masters and doctoral students; mentoring new faculty), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (student evaluations; student letters of support; teaching awards).

Reference letters should be submitted directly by referees to:

Officials transcripts (signed and sealed) may be sent to the attention of:

Amanda Wassermuhl
Secretary, Faculty Recruitment Committee
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University
2026 Ignat Kaneff Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3

Applicants who currently hold faculty positions and are concerned about confidentiality are invited to contact Professor Craig Scott, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee.

Deadline for Applications:  Monday, September, 12, 2016