Graduate Program Faculty

Janine Benedet


Janine Benedet joined UBC Law as an Associate Professor in 2005. This appointment represents a return not only to her alma mater, but also to the city that she has always considered home. Her first stop after her LLB graduation was a clerkship with fellow UBC alumnus Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. That was followed by graduate studies – leading to both an LLM and an SJD – at the University of Michigan, where she also did some teaching as a Visiting Faculty Fellow. She practised labour law in Toronto from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1999 to 2005. She is a member of the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Professor Benedet’s areas of teaching expertise include criminal law, labour law, administrative law, professional responsibility and anti-discrimination law.  Her current research focuses on sexual violence against women including prostitution, pornography and sexual assault.  She is currently researching reforms to Canada’s prostitution laws that would support prostitution abolition, as well as the criminal law’s treatment of capacity and voluntariness to consent to sexual contact.

Annie Bunting


Annie Bunting is a Professor in the Law and Society Program at York University, teaching in the areas of social justice and human rights. Professor Bunting is a graduate of York, having studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Rosemary Coombe


Rosemary J. Coombe is a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme. Her work addresses the cultural, political and social implications of intellectual property laws. Her book, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties, is a legal ethnography of the ways in which intellectual property law shapes cultural politics in consumer societies.

Anthony Duggan


Tony Duggan holds the Hon. Frank H. Iacobucci Chair in Capital Markets Regulation in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is also a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. He has doctoral and undergraduate degrees in law from Melbourne, and a master's degree in law from Toronto. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he held the Henry Bournes Higgins Chair in Law at Monash University, Victoria. He was Associate Dean at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2004.

Professor Duggan currently teaches secured transactions, bankruptcy law and trusts. He has published widely in these areas and also in the areas of contract law, consumer credit and  consumer protection. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books, including Consumer Credit Law, Contractual Non-Disclosure: An Applied Study in Modern Contract Theory, and Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Bill C-55, Statute c.47 and Beyond.

Michael Giudice


Michael Giudice is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at York University and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.  He has studied at both the University of New Brunswick (BA Hons) and McMaster University (MA, PhD), and was also a Visiting Student in Analytic Legal Philosophy and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford.  His main areas of teaching and research are legal philosophy and associated areas in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of punishment and responsibility, international law and the identity of legal systems, and multiculturalism. His book (with Keith Culver), Legality's Borders (Oxford University Press), is forthcoming.

Ian Greene


Ian Greene has taught public policy and administration in York University's political science department since 1985. Greene brings to his teaching the insights gained from four years of work in Alberta's public service. He was assistant to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Bob Dowling, in the early 1970s, and was Assistant to the Regional Director of Social Services in Lethbridge from 1982 to 85.  Professor Greene is currently on sabbatical, working on three book projects. 

He was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1985 to 2009, and is now a full-time member of York's School of Public Policy and Administration, which was established in 2006.  He was the Master of McLaughlin College at York University from 2004 to 2009, and was also the Director of the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law Program from 2006 to 2009.  He has been the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration,and the Graduate Diploma in Democratic Administration. He teaches courses in Canadian public law, the Charter of Rights, judicial administration, program evaluation, political ethics, Canadian government, and public administration. 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 Program, and co-director of the professional development LLM program in administrative law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Centre for Public Policy and Law. From 2003 to 2004, he was Chair of the York University Senate.

On the research front, Professor Greene’s most recent book is The Courts, part of the Canadian Democratic Audit series.  He was the principal author of Final Appeal, which was published in 1998 and co-authored with Carl Baar, Peter McCormick, George Szablowski and Martin Thomas. The book analyses decision-making in Canadian appeal courts, and is based on interviews with 101 of Canada s appellate court judges, including 8 of the 9 Supreme Court of Canada judges. Ian's co-authored book with David Shugarman, Honest Politics, was published in March, 1997. His other books are The Charter of Rights (1989), and Judges and Judging (1990), with Peter McCormick. His publisher is James Lorimer & Co. As well, he was a member of the research team, led by Prof. Maureen Mancuso at the University of Guelph, which published A Question of Ethics (Oxford) in 1998.  He is currently doing research into the impact of social science and historical evidence on the Supreme Court of Canada.  He hopes to complete a new edition of The Charter of Rights soon.

Geraint Howells


Geraint Howells previously worked at Hull, Keele, Sheffield, Liverpool and Lancaster Universities. Held chairs at Sheffield and Lancaster. Previously Head of Law School at Lancaster. Visiting positions held at Wurzburg, Munster, Paris XI, Tennessee and Sydney Universities. Member of the Board of the International Association of Consumer Law.

 Lesley Jacobs


Professor Lesley Jacobs has undertaken research focused on the comparative welfare state policies (Canada, United States, EU), race and the law, health policy and human rights. His current projects include a SSHRC-funded study of the intersection of international human rights norms and international trade in China, Canada and Japan as well as an investigation of the impact on domestic law of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Dagmar Soennecken


Dagmar Soennecken is cross-appointed between the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and the Department of Social Sciences (Law and Society Program). She is also a faculty member of the SPPA’s executive-style graduate program (MPPAL), a fellow at McLaughlin College, affiliated with the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES) and with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York. Most recently, she became a member of Osgoode Hall Law School’s graduate faculty and, together with a group of colleagues from across the university, successfully competed for a grant from the European Commission that established a European Centre of Excellence at York.

Professor Soennecken holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Law from Carleton University, an MA in Political Science (with a concentration in Women’s Studies) and a PhD (2009) from the University of Toronto, and has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for European and International Aliens and Asylum Law at the University of Constance, Germany. For the 2006-07 academic year, she was a Visiting Study Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).

Her research focuses on comparative politics and public policy in the EU and North America. She is particularly interested in questions concerning law and the courts as well as citizenship and migration. Professor Soennecken is currently working on two major research projects: The first has generated a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Empowered Courts and the Fate of Refugees Compared, and a select number of articles. It investigates the growing influence of the judiciary over refugee determinations in Canada and in Germany from the 1950s to the present. The second project, Courts and Refugees in the UK: Juristocracy Reconsidered,forwhich research is still ongoing, expands the focus of the first to the UK and the European Union level. 

Before entering the PhD program at the University of Toronto, Dagmar participated in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Prior to moving to Canada in 1992, Dagmar worked for a German public health insurance body (AOK Düsseldorf).

David Szablowski


MA (Edinburgh), LLB (York), PhD (York)
Professor Szablowski joined the graduate program at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005 when he was appointed to teach in the Law & Society program in the Division of Social Science.  Professor Szablowski teaches in the areas of globalization and the law, and socio-legal studies.  His publications focus on the influence of globalization on domestic, international, and transnational legal authority.  His book entitled Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining, Communities and the World Bank was published in 2007 by Hart.  Professor Szablowski has conducted research in various countries in Latin America.  He has lived and taught in the Horn of Africa.  Professor Szablowski is currently engaged in a research project examining the operationalization of emerging transnational norms requiring informed consent or consultation for extractive industry development on indigenous territory.

Research and Supervisory Interests:  Law and globalization; regulation and governance theory, transnational law; administrative law; non-state regulation (including market campaigns, CSR, certification institutions); global legal pluralism; extractive industries; indigenous rights; Latin America; international financial institutions; multi-sited ethnography and fieldwork-based research in the global South.

Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos


Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research interests include international migration; citizenship and nationhood, with a focus on how immigration and citizenship policies intersect with and define boundaries of national belonging. Recent publications include: How the Federal Republic Became an Immigration Country: Norms, Politics and the Failure of West Germany’s Guest Worker System (co-authored with Karen Schönwälder). German Politics and Society VOL. 24, No. 3 (Fall 2006). Building Walls, Bounding Nations: Migration and Exclusion in Canada and Germany, 1870-1939.  Journal of Historical Sociology VOL. 17, No. 4 (2004).

Wil Waluchow


Professor Wil Waluchow is the Senator William McMaster Chair in Constitutional Studies in McMaster University’s Department of Philosophy.  His BA and MA in philosophy are from the University of Western Ontario (Huron University College) and his DPhil in the philosophy of law is from Oxford University, where he studied under the supervision of H.L.A. Hart. Over the years, he has supervised a great number of MA and PhD students. Many of these (e.g. Maricarmen Jenkins, Margaret Martin, Colin Farrelley, Keith Culver, Brian Burge-Hendrix, and Michael Giudice) have gone on to thriving academic careers. Professor Waluchow is always on the lookout for bright, eager students who would like to pursue a graduate degree in the philosophy of law. He is particularly interested in students who have an interest in his two main areas of research interest.

Research Interests
His current research interests are in general jurisprudence and the philosophy of constitutional law.