ORU Director Position

The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security

Applications and nominations must be received by April 12, 2021.

Position: Director
ORU:  The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security
Term Start and End Date:  July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024
Stipend: $6,090 + 4 credit hours release (As per OHFA Collective Agreement Appendix C) or $6665 + 1.0 course release (As per YUFA Collective Agreement Appendix P).
Application Due Date: Monday, April 12, 2021

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director of The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security for a term of three years, to begin July 1, 2021. Applications are invited from individuals for sole directorship or joint applications from two people for co-directorship.

ORU Description and History:

The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security (previously the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption) was established in 1997. The Centre arose from a $3 million gift by Mark Nathanson to create a permanent endowment for the Centre. Benefactor Mark Nathanson was joined by a commitment from Rod Stamler, former RCMP Assistant Commissioner, Antonio Nicaso, a leading investigative journalist covering organized crime in Italy and Canada, and Professor Margaret Beare, the Centre’s first Director. In 2006, York’s Senate approved expansion of the mandate along with the name change to the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.

The Centre’s mandate is to study, understand, and query the relationships between crime, security, and human rights, as informed by transnational perspectives in order 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.

Position Requirements:

Applicants are expected to be members of the full-time faculty at York University, and to have a distinguished record of scholarship and research interests. The Director is expected to administer the financial, organizational and academic and collegial activities of the ORU, to develop external funding sources, and to maintain an active individual and collaborative research program. The Director is assisted by a Research Centre Coordinator, whose time is shared with the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (IFLS).

The Centre’s office complex is located on the third floor of the Osgoode Hall Law School. It consists of: office of Research Centre Coordinator; storage room; multi-purpose room; meeting room / reading room; large open-plan space for gatherings and small sessions, as well as two walls lined with lock-up open carrels; a reception area with seating and book displays; five additional offices, with one currently used by Osgoode-student-run International Legal Partnerships, one presumptively reserved for IFLS visitors, and three for Nathanson Centre visitors and project researchers. Were the new Director to be from a unit other than Osgoode, one of those five offices would be available as the Director’s office.


The successful applicant will receive an administrative stipend and the appropriate course load reduction as stipulated by the OHFA or YUFA Collective Agreement. Should two people be appointed as co-directors, the administrative stipend and course load reduction will be shared between the two co-directors. The Director of the Centre reports to the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School. It will be expected that annual reports concerning the activities of the ORU will be provided to the Dean and the VPRI.

Application Process:

Applications and nominations (including curriculum vitae and the names of three referees who may be contacted) should be sent to Erika Robinson, erobinson@osgoode.yorku.ca

Applicants are also asked to submit a statement about their vision for the Centre including its goals and objectives, as well as information about their own leadership style. The statement should include specific plans that applicants have for activities the Centre will engage in, in each of the three years of their tenure.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with the Selection Committee and asked to make a presentation addressing their vision for this ORU.