Aaron A. Dhir

Associate Professor

BA (Distinction), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (NYU), of the Bar of Ontario


Professor Dhir’s teaching and research interests include corporate law, governance and theory and the intersections of transnational business activity with international human rights norms.  He has participated as an invited expert in some of the most significant policy reform initiatives in his areas of expertise, including the Government of Canada’s "National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility" and the Ontario Securities Commission’s "Review of Environmental and Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements." Most recently, he co-convened a multi-stakeholder expert consultation on "Corporate Law and Human Rights" in support of the mandate of the former U.N. Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie.

Professor Dhir began his professional career with one of Canada’s leading business law firms.  He then made a shift to social justice advocacy and has acted on cases up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. At the international level, he has participated as a non-governmental organization delegate to U.N. working group meetings on two human rights conventions.

Professor Dhir completed his graduate studies at NYU School of Law, where he was a Graduate Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.  While at NYU, he wrote his thesis under the supervision of Professor Philip Alston – one of the world’s leading human rights experts – and was awarded the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal.

Professor Dhir’s writing has appeared in various publications, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Queen’s Law Journal, the American Business Law Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Banking & Finance Law Review and the Canadian Business Law Journal.  He is currently writing a book on corporate governance and diversity, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Research Interests: Corporate Law/Commercial Law/Securities; Transnational Law

Visiting Professor, Yale Law School & Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Scholar, Yale University (2013 – 2014)
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Ethics and Law, University College London (2012)
Scholar in Residence, Law Commission of Ontario (2011)
Fellow, Center for Law, Economics & Finance, George Washington University Law School (2011 – present)
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies & Wolfson College, University of Oxford (2011)
Visiting Scholar, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, Harvard University (2010)
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2010 – present)
Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2007 – 2010) & University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (2004 – 2007)

Nominee, York University President's University-Wide Teaching Award (2012, 2011)
Recipient, Women of Influence Inc. Canadian Diversity Champions Award (2012)
Recipient, Lexpert Magazine Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40 Award (2011)
Recipient, Osgoode Hall Legal & Literary Society Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
Recipient, Osgoode Hall Faculty Teaching Award (2009)
Recipient, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2009)
Honorable Mention, Canadian Association of Law Teachers’ Scholarly Paper Award (2009)
Recipient, University of Windsor Students' Law Society Professor of the Year Award (2005)
Recipient, NYU School of Law Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal (2004)

Courses taught:
Business Associations 
Commercial Law
Transnational Corporations & Human Rights 
Race & Gender in Corporate Law & Governance