Research Centres

Osgoode Hall Law School hosts a number of Research Centres and Institutes which brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to foster research and knowledge mobilization on contemporary legal issues. 

The Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law is the first Canadian centre to promote and develop joint business and law scholarship and education. Made possible by a transformational gift from Jay and Barbara Hennick, the Hennick Centre is a hotbed for initiatives and programs that deliver the competencies professionals need to analyse business and legal problems in a holistic way. It is a joint initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School, the largest common-law law school in the country, and world-leading business school Schulich School of Business.

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The Intellectual Property Law & Technology Program (IP Osgoode) is a new, independent and authoritative voice which explores legal governance issues at the intersection of intellectual property (IP) and technology. In the context of a globalizing legal pluralist landscape, IP Osgoode cultivates interdisciplinary, comparative and transnational research, collaboration, policy thinking and practice. IP Osgoode aims to provide balanced and objective research, offer new and unexplored viewpoints to public policy discussions which are inclusive of the opinions and interests of a broad range of IP stakeholders (including governments, nongovernmental organizations, the legal community, businesses and the general public) and ultimately, act as a facilitator for the flourishment of a knowledge-based society in Canada.

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The Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security focuses on the development and facilitation of a cross-disciplinary programme of research and project initiatives that enhance knowledge of issues related to a variety of transnational phenomena that are now, and for the foreseeable future, rapidly changing (and challenging) society, law and governance. The Centre seeks as much as possible to make its contribution by studying, seeking to understand, and constantly querying the relationships between crime, security and human rights, as informed by transnational perspectives. This relational and triangulated approach is intended to produce fresh analysis attendant to the multiple dimensions – the criminal justice, the security and the human rights angles – of a variety of transnational phenomena.

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The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (IFLS) was established in the early 1990s to foster scholarship in feminism and law at Osgoode. The Institute focuses on teaching and research activities, including visitorships, seminar series, and special events and lectures concerned with feminism and law. Governed by the Members of IFLS, a group that is constituted annually at the beginning of each academic year, membership includes Faculty and Graduate Student Members at Osgoode Hall Law School. 

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The Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society (CRL) at Osgoode Hall Law School is an international and interdisciplinary Research Institute in Law and the Social Sciences.  The CRL brings together scholars in disciplines ranging from law, sociology, political science to anthropology, geography and urban studies with artists working in digital media, documentary film and photography. The Laboratory provides a forum for collaborative research across different disciplines and innovative forms of scholarly and artistic expression. Featuring seminars, a book club and a lecture series, the Laboratory also offers fellowships and the “Knowledgeable City” Forum, a hot-topic debate between scholars, practitioners and policy makers on pressing issues of urban governance. Through its members and events, the Laboratory reaches well beyond the walls of the law school and the University into the city of Toronto, the province, Canada and the world.

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The York Centre for Public Policy and Law (YCPPL) was established in 2008 to foster and facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary research in the field of public policy and law among York University's faculty and students, with a careful eye to fulfilling the research needs of the broader community, in particular the needs of government and public policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and social movements in Canada. The YCPPL is intended to benefit the people of Ontario through making accurate and reliable research on important legal and public policy issues available to federal, provincial and municipal policy-makers.

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The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) is a national non-profit organization that has been dedicated to advancing civil justice reform through research and advocacy since 1998. 

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The Law Commission of Ontario is an independent organization that researches issues and recommends law reform measures to make the law accessible to all Ontario communities. 

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The Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (OLPP) is an institutional arrangement between Osgoode Hall Law School and the Departments of Philosophy of McMaster University and York University whose primary aim is to facilitate academic collaborations between the three partners in the field of legal philosophy. 

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The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) is a Centre of Excellence committed to producing knowledge on the social, economic and physical environments that effect women’s health in order to facilitate policy change that will improve the lives of all Canadian women. 

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