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Visitors help to develop our vibrant academic community by infusing new ideas and perspectives.

2015-2016 Visitors

Ariel Bendor

Ariel L. Bendor

Ariel L. Bendor, a Visiting Professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School (fall semester, 2015), is the Frank F. Church Professor of Legal Research at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law in Israel. Professor Bendor also serves at Bar-Ilan University as the Head of the Center for Media and the Law, which he founded in 2011, and as the Director of the Law School Publishing House.

Professor Bendor received his LL.B. (1988, Cum Laude) and LL.D. (1994) from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law. During the academic year 1998-99 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School and during the academic year 2014-15 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Francis King Carey School of Law and the Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland. Before joining Bar-Ilan University at 2008 he was a Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, where he served as the Dean of the law school (2002-05) and the Dean of Students (2005-07). He also was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Haifa Press (1999-2000), the University of Haifa Law & Government Journal (peer-reviewd, 1996-98), and the Hebrew University Law Review) (student-edited, 1988-89).

Professor Bendor’s major fields of interest are constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law and comparative law.

Professor Bendor is the author of three books and the editor of two others, and the author of dozens of articles in American, Canadian and Israeli law journals and books. Professor Bendor’s books and articles were cited by the Supreme Court of Israel in dozens of decisions.


Rhonda Bessner

Rhonda Bessner

Ronda Bessner has been involved in a wide range of areas of the law, including academia, policy work and public inquiries.

Professor Bessner’s areas of teaching have been Criminal Law, Evidence, Youth Justice, and Public Inquiries.  She is the author of many published articles on child abuse, evidence, criminal law, state intervention in pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS.  She has made numerous presentations on these and other subjects at universities, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, for the Ontario Court of Justice, and at conferences. She was formerly the Assistant Dean (JD) at Osgoode, where she developed and implemented the Academic Success Program.

Professor Bessner has also worked on a number of public inquiries and in law reform. She has held the position of Senior Legal Analyst at five public inquiries including the Walkerton Inquiry (contamination of drinking water), the Ipperwash Inquiry (the death of Dudley George in a land claim protest and occupation by Aboriginal people), and the Royal Commission on the Blood System in Canada. As Counsel to the Ontario Law Reform Commission under the Chair of Rosalie Abella, she wrote reports on Drug and Alcohol in the Workplace, Child Witnesses, The Basis of Liability for Provincial Offences, and co-authored the report on Damages for Environmental Harm.

Ronda Bessner is currently an adjudicator on the Consent and Capacity Board. She is also the President of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario.

Professor Bessner was educated in both the civil and common law legal systems. After graduating from McGill Law School with a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law, she studied at Harvard Law School in the LLM Program. After receiving her Masters Degree, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard where she researched and wrote on the admissibility of novel scientific techniques in criminal trials.

Hong-Hai Bi

Hong-Hai Bi

Hong-Hai Bi is an Assistant Professor of Law at Beihang University Law School in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Professor Bi graduated from China Youth University of Political Studies(Bachelor degree in Law) and Beijing University Law School (Master and Doctor Degrees in Constitutional and Administrative Law). His research interests focus on the interdisciplinary studies of public law and governance, regulation and politics. Besides publication in the relevant areas, Professor Bi translated several monographs of public law and politics into Chinese. He was article editor of Peking Law Review (2007-2008) and editor-in-charge of Administrative Law Review (Law Press, 2012-2014). Professor Bi also acts as Assistant Dean of Beihang Law School, and as a founding member, he is the co-executive director of the information security and law center based in Beihang University. As a part-time researcher at the Constitutional and Administrative Law Center of Beijing University, he is the executive director of the Soft Law Center of Beijing University Law School and general secretary of the Chinese Soft Law Society. Professor Bi visited Hongkong University (2002), National Chengchi University (Taiwan, 2006) and studied at Stockholm University for a year (2006-2007). Professor Bi was awarded the CCSEP (Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program) Scholarship and visits Osgoode Hall Law School of York University from Octobor 2014 to Octobor 2015.

Fay Faraday

 Fay Faraday

BA (Hons)(Toronto), LLB (Osgoode), MA (Toronto), of the Bar of Ontario

Fay Faraday is a lawyer with an independent social justice practice in Toronto.  She represents unions, community organizations and coalitions in constitutional and appellate litigation, human rights, administrative/public law, labour and pay equity.  She also works collaboratively with community groups and coalitions to provide strategic and policy advice on constitutional and human rights issues.

In her work as a lawyer, she has addressed a wide range of issues relating to equality and fundamental freedoms under the Charter, gender and work, rights of migrant workers, rights of persons with disabilities, race discrimination, employment equity, poverty, income security, socioeconomic rights, and international human rights norms. She has represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including numerous cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Fay Faraday graduated as the gold medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993.  She is a frequent guest lecturer at law schools and speaker at human rights, labour and civil society conferences, and publishes extensively on labour, human rights and constitutional law.  She is the co-author and co-editor of a book on equality rights under the Charter:  Making Equality Rights Real:  Securing Substantive Equality Under the Charter (Irwin Law, 2006), the co-author of a book on equality rights under Ontario’s Human Rights Code: Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario (Canada Law Book, 2009), and co-author and co-editor of a book on labour rights under the Charter:  Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada:  Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (Irwin Law, 2012).

Fay Faraday also holds an Innovation Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation and is engaged in legal and community-based research on the rights of migrant workers.  Her two major reports on migrant worker rights in Canada,  Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity and Profiting from the Precarious:  How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers, were published by the Metcalf Foundation in 2012 and 2014.

Jeffery Hewitt

Jeffery Hewitt

Jeffery is mixed-blood: Cree and white. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998. Since 2002 Jeffery has served as General Counsel for Rama First Nation, is past-President of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada (IBA) and past board member of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Jeffery is a current member of the IBA, Canadian Bar Association and on the executive of Legal Leaders for Diversity. In 2011, Rama received a Canadian General Counsel Award for Social Responsibility for work with Elders and First Nation youth. In 2013, having received a McMurtry Fellowship, Jeffery returned to Osgoode to examine the relationship between Indigenous art and law. While at Osgoode, Jeffery also worked on an LLM examining human rights and remedies in relation to First Nation child-welfare and the broader socio-economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Jeffery is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice’s Gonthier Fellowship exploring restorative justice as innovation or commodification. Jeffery’s research interests are in Indigenous laws, Indigenous rights, human rights, constitutional and public law. Jeffery continues to serve as General Counsel for Rama, while teaching constitutional law in 2015/16 while Visiting at Osgoode.

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is an award-winning Anishinnabe filmmaker with over 10 years’ experience, largely in documentary film, including the acclaimed short Suckerfish, as well as the TV one-hour documentaries Reservation Soldiers (2007) for CTV and How a People Live which aired on CBC in 2014 and told the story of the 1964 forced government relocation of BC’s Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation.

Her work has played at festivals internationally including SXSW, Berlinale, London BFI, and Margaret Mead, and aired on CBC, CTV, APTN, TMN, Knowledge, Bravo and SCN. Lisa expanded into fiction with her short film Savage, which won a 2010 Genie award. In 2012 Playback Magazine named her one of “10 to Watch” and the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer.

Lisa’s films are used extensively in community and educational settings and in 2013 Hidden Legacies, a documentary on the intergenerational effects of residential school, screened at several TRC events including opening the educational day in Vancouver, playing to an audience of over 5,000 students.

In the summer of 2015, Lisa directed the drama sequences for the Canadian-German (APTN/ZDF) 8-part docudrama series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on the best-selling book by Charles C. Mann. She is the Director Mentor for the National Screen Institute’s Aboriginal Documentary Program. Lisa has completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, has a BFA in Film Production from SFU, and is currently completing her MFA in Film Production at York University. For more information, see

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani is a community organizer and social entrepreneur in Toronto. After graduating from Yale Law School, Jamil founded the Policing Literacy Initiative, a grassroots public education and advocacy organization focused on improving police-community relations. He has also worked at Torys LLP and the Tim Hortons’ corporate law department. Jamil currently serves on the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto’s board of directors and the Yale Law School Executive Committee. As a law student Jamil taught constitutional law at New Haven Public Schools and was President of the Yale Black Law Students Association.


David Leporfsky

David Lepofsky

In 1979, David Lepofsky graduated with honours From Osgoode Hall Law School with a Bachelor of Laws. He obtained a Masters of Law from the Harvard Law School in 1982.

Since his admission to the Ontario Bar in 1981, he has practised law in Toronto with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, in the areas of constitutional, civil, administrative and most recently, criminal law. In 2004, he was appointed to the position of General Counsel. This is the highest promotion (outside management). It is reserved for the most senior counsel, to recognize career achievement in handling the most complex work, demonstrated diversity of expertise, creativity, professional leadership, judgement, and mentoring/role modelling. It is awarded, at most, to only 2% of Ontario’s Crown counsel.

From 1982 to 1988, he served as counsel in the Crown Law Office Civil, conducting civil, administrative and constitutional litigation. From 1989 to 1993, he served as counsel in the Constitutional Law and Policy Division, conducting constitutional litigation. From 1993 to the end of 2015 (when he was set to retire from the Ontario Public Service), he has served as counsel in the Crown Law Office Criminal, conducting criminal appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has appeared on at least 30 cases in the Supreme Court in his career.

Since 1991, he has served as a part time member of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where he teaches an advanced constitutional law seminar on freedom of expression and press. From 1987 to 2005, he served as Associate Head of the Ontario Bar Admission’s Course’s Public Law Section.

Since the late 1970s, he has been active in a volunteer capacity, advocating for new laws to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada. In 1980, he appeared before the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Constitution of Canada, on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for an amendment to the proposed Charter of Rights, to guarantee equality rights to persons with disabilities. The efforts of a great many combined to lead Parliament to pass the disability amendment to the Charter.

From 1980 to 1982, he was on the leadership team of a broad disability coalition that successfully advocated for inclusion of protection against discrimination based on disability in the Ontario Human Rights Code.

From 1994 to 2005, he led the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee. That coalition successfully campaigned for ten years to win passage of two new Ontario laws to make Ontario fully accessible to persons with disabilities, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. Since then, he has helped in efforts to get that law effectively implemented. As of late February, 2009, he became the Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. He and the Alliance have pressed for the prompt enactment and enforcement of strong accessibility standards under the Disabilities Act. In 2010 they succeeded in getting Ontario election legislation amended to address accessibility barriers impeding voters with disabilities, although they have more to do to get telephone and internet voting to become a reality in Ontario elections.

Starting in 1994, he campaigned to get the Toronto Transit Commission to announce all subway stops, and later all bus stops, for the benefit of passengers with vision loss. Between 2001 and 2007, he fought two cases against TTC. In 2005, the Human Rights Tribunal ordered TTC to consistently announce all subway stops (Lepofsky v. TTC #1). In 2007, the Human Rights Tribunal ordered TTC to announce all bus and streetcar stops (Lepofsky v. TTC #2).

Awards include investiture in the Order of Canada (1995), the Order of Ontario (2007), and the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (2003), honorary doctorates from Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, and awards from other organizations including e.g. the City of Toronto, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association Public Lawyers Section, the Advocates Society, the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, the Ontario March of Dimes and Community Living Ontario.

He was very flattered and humbled when the Canadian Lawyer Magazine August 2010 edition listed him among Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. However, he was left wondering: “If I am so influential, why doesn’t anyone listen to me?”

He is the author of one law book, and the author or co-author of 30 law journal articles or book chapters on topics including constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, human rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities. His publications have been cited with approval in several decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as by trial and appeal courts across Canada. He has lectured on topics including these across Canada, and in the U.S., Israel, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Belgium.

Jennifer Nadler

Jennifer Nadler has a B.A. with high distinction in English and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a J.D. with honours from the University of Toronto, an LL.M. from New York University, where she was a Vanderbilt Scholar, and an S.J.D from the University of Toronto.  Her doctoral dissertation is a study of the private law implications of the conceptions of freedom portrayed in the novels of Henry James.  She publishes in the areas of private law, theoretical jurisprudence, and law and literature.

Dahlia Saibil

Dahlia Saibil

Dahlia Saibil earned her LLM in international law with a focus on international human rights law from Georgetown University in 2007. She received her LLB in 2001 from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Sciences in psychology at York University.

Ms.Saibil began her career in Toronto as an assistant crown attorney where she specialized in domestic and sexual violence crimes. She then worked as a policy adviser at the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat before joining the United Nations in 2010.

While at the United Nations, Ms. Saibil worked at UN Women and the United Nations Development Program where she managed programs and advised on policies addressing violence against women and HIV/AIDs, access to justice, and gender equality and women’s empowerment. At the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Ms. Saibil practised international law and worked to enhance the accountability of UN officials within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations and the Convention of the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.

Ms. Saibil taught a seminar on International Human Rights Law and was a 2014-2015 McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School where she focused her research on the prevention of sexual exploitation in mining communities.  Ms. Saibil is currently a policy advisor at the Ontario Women’s Directorate, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, where she is coordinating the proposed legislative amendments under Ontario’s new Action Plan to stop sexual violence and harassment.

Martha Simmons

Martha Simmons

BA(Hons) (Huron University College), JD (Osgoode Hall Law School), LLM(ADR) (Osgoode Hall Law School), PhD (Osgoode Hall Law School), of the Bar of Ontario.

Martha Simmons is a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also the Director of the Mediation Intensive Clinical Program and the Osgoode Mediation Clinic, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her research focus is in dispute resolution and legal education. She is a certified Collaborative Lawyer and mediator. In addition to the mediation program, Professor Simmons teaches negotiation and mediation in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is also a faculty member of the part time LLM program in ADR at Osgoode Professional Development. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the Board of Governors at Havergal College, an all girls school in Toronto. Professor Simmons is a teaching award recipient from Osgoode Hall Law School.