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Students interested in our research graduate program can find more information about eligibility and applications on the Applying to the Research Program page. Questions can be sent to Gradlaw@osgoode.yorku.ca. A commitment from a Supervisor is not required prior to application, and the interest of a supervisor does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

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Saptarishi Bandopadhyay Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Bandopadhyay is interested in supervising research projects in/using the following subject-areas/methodologies: Environmental Law; International Environmental Law and Politics; Disaster Governance; Humanitarian Law; Copyright Law; Legal and Environmental History; Science and Technology Studies; and Law and the Humanities.

Potential students may send an introductory email, including your resume and description of interests.

Margaret E. Beare Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

I will not be accepting new students in 2019-2020 because of a planned sabbatical in that year.

Benjamin L. Berger Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Berger welcomes the opportunity to supervise graduate work in his principal fields of research, including law and religion, criminal and constitutional law and theory, and the law of evidence. Projects that adopt methodological or theoretical frames drawn from socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and legal history are particularly appealing.

Professor Berger is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Faisal Bhabha Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Bhabha is open to a wide variety of projects in the substantive areas of constitutional law, international human rights, administrative law, legal theory, legal ethics or legal education. He is interested in working with deep thinkers and rigorous researchers. While he is not the right fit for research employing anything beyond elementary empirical methods, normative, descriptive, critical, doctrinal and discursive projects are all welcome.

Amar Bhatia Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Bhatia is interested in supervising research on topics at the intersection of migration, Aboriginal, and Indigenous law. I am also interested in supervising students working on topics related to Canadian immigration & refugee law, aspects of Canadian property law, and the laws and policies of transnational migrant work.

Andrée Boisselle Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Margaret Boittin Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Comparative; China; Empirical Research (Qualitative and Quantitative); Gender.

Ruth Buchanan Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Buchanan has research interests in law and development, law and the humanities (in particular law and film) as well as critical and postcolonial approaches to international law and international economic law. In addition to a willingness to consider supervisions in areas of past research, Prof. Buchanan is currently recruiting strong graduate students who are interested in working with her on a recently funded project "Visualizing Law and Development", located at the intersection of the fields of law and development and visual legal studies.

Jamie Cameron Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Mary G. Condon Dean (Interim) & Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

I am interested in supervising topics related to financial markets, financial regulation, securities law, pensions and pension policy. I am open to a variety of methodologies that could be used to analyze problems or issues in these fields but especially interested in socio-legal approaches, feminist analysis or behavioural economic approaches.

Carys J. Craig Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Craig is interested in supervising graduate research in the area of intellectual property (IP) law (domestic, comparative and/or international), with a focus primarily on copyright and/or trademark law and related fields. Her own scholarship in this area covers a wide variety of topics including concepts of authorship and ownership, fair dealing and user rights, freedom of expression, digital locks, technological neutrality, open access and open licensing models, trademark registration requirements, etc. While tackling particular doctrinal and policy issues at the forefront of IP law, Professor Craig's scholarship employs a critical theoretical approach (drawing on, e.g. feminist legal theory, critical race theory, cultural and literary theory). Current projects include work on critical theories of IP, racially disparaging trademarks; authorship and artificial intelligence; choreographic copyright; copyright's substantial similarity doctrine; moral rights, parody and satire.

Giuseppina D'Agostino Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor D'Agostino will not be accepting new students in 2019-2020 because of a planned sabbatical in that year.

Professor D'Agostino is interested in supervising students who have a keen interest in all areas of intellectual property, particularly patent and copyright law, innovation law & policy, and areas related to new media and technology (ie AI, machine learning, robotics, 3D printing). Students should have a strong interest in comparative and international approaches and also enjoy participating in the wider IP Osgoode community.

Signa A. Daum Shanks Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Legal history; Indigenous Rights; Law and Economics.

Aaron A. Dhir Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Currently not available to supervise.

Karen Drake Associate Professor & Director, Indigenous Outreach Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

I will not be accepting new students in 2019-2020 because of a planned sabbatical in that year.

Susan G. Drummond Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Drummond is interested in supervising students proposing interdiscplinary research in a variety of substantive areas, including legal anthropology, comparative law, civil law, family law, and wills and estates.

Lisa Dufraimont Associate Dean (Students) & Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Dufraimont is interested in supervising excellent graduate students in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. She is particularly interested in the psychological aspect of evidence rules, and her current research interests include expert evidence, witness credibility, evidence problems in sexual assault, and the regulation of interrogation and confessions. Professor Dufraimont is currently involved in funded research studying the interplay of the use of language interpreters with questions of witness credibility and the detection of deception.

Fay Faraday Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Faraday's research interests include precarious employment, migrant labour, intersectional equality rights, human rights, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and social justice and political activism. She engages in participatory action research. She is currently involved in research projects on migrant labour; a critical examination of "trafficking" and "modern slavery"; and systemic gendered economic coercion in migration.

Trevor C. W. Farrow Associate Dean (Academic) & Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Farrow is interested in supervising students in research related to legal process (ADR, civ pro, etc, Access to Justice and Legal Ethics.

Benjamin Geva Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Geva is interested in supervising projects in the following areas: Commercial banking law (particularly negotiable instruments and letters of credit); payment systems and funds transfers; money, digital currencies and fintech; Commercial law in general; Legal history (doctrine): common law; comparative (civil liability); commercial law; Jewish and Islamic Laws (commercial, civil, and finance).

Joan M. Gilmour Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Gilmour is willing to consider supervision in the areas of health law; disability and the law and (some) torts.

Philip Girard Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Girard's interests lie in the field of legal history, particularly Canadian and comparative legal history. His recent work deals with perspectives on law, empire and colonialism, including the interaction of Indigenous law, settler law and imperial law.

Professor Girard is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application

Richard A. Haigh Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Haigh is interested in constitutional law matters including federalism, charter of rights (particularly fundamental freedoms of expression and religion; equality; section 7), constitutional procedures (particularly role of interveners). Recent publications include chapters on legislating statutory interpretation, freedom of conscience vs. religion and empirical observations regarding interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Steven Hoffman Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Hoffman is open to supervising excellent graduate students with legal, public health, social science, or statistical backgrounds who are interested in being actively involved with the Global Strategy Lab (www.globalstrategylab.org) and undertaking projects aligned with its ongoing efforts. The Lab's interdisciplinary research and policy activities are currently organized around three interrelated programs focused on the 1) global governance of transnational health threats, 2) global legal epidemiology, and 3) public health institutions. Professor Hoffman is additionally open to supervising students interested in all aspects of global health law, including doctrinal, empirical, applied and theoretical work. Students with and without law degrees are welcome to apply.

Allan C. Hutchinson Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Hutchinson is willing to supervise projects in the areas of jurisprudence/legal theory, legal ethics, torts, constitutional.

Professor Hutchinson is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Sonia Lawrence Graduate Program Director, Director, Institue for Femnist Legal Studies & Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Lawrence is currently holding a grant that considers issues of professionalization & identity in the lives of Indigenous lawyers in Canada, and would be particularly interested in candidates with related projects. She also works on Canadian constitutional law, particularly although not exclusively in relation to section 15 equality rights, the relationship between law & social change, and bringing anti-racist feminism to law and legal inquiry.

Professor Lawrence is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Jinyan Li Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Li is interested in supervising projects in the area of taxation law.

Heidi Matthews Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM
Deborah McGregor Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor McGregor is interested in working with students interested in Indigenous environmental governance, including, Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous legal traditions/laws, water justice/security, climate justice/change and environmental justice and policy. Professor McGregor is interested in students with excellent research and writing skills. Opportunities for community based research/data gathering are possible through two SSHRC grants held by Professor McGregor.

Ikechi Mgbeoji Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Mbeoji is interested in supervising projects in the law of patents; Indigenous intellectual property law; the laws of war; North-South relations; transfer of intellectual property, and public international law.

Professor Mbeoji is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application

Janet Mosher Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Mosher's research interests include how law is implicated in violence against women, community-grounded conceptions of access to justice, law and social change, poverty law, homelessness, and legal education (competencies for social justice). Much of her work is done in partnership with community-based organizations using participatory action research methodologies. Current research grants include domestic violence and access to justice at the intersections of various areas of law and legal processes (family, child welfare, criminal, immigration, etc). the criminalization of women victims of domestic violence, and the "competencies" of social justice lawyers.

Roxanne Mykitiuk Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Mykitiuk is available to supervise graduate students who demonstrate strong research and writing skills in the following areas: the interdisciplinary study of disability and the law; various topics of embodiment and the law; the legal regulation of reproductive and genetic technologies; various topics of health law; various topics of family law; reproductive health law.

Jennifer Nadler Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Nadler is most interested in supervising work in the theory of contract law, the theory of property law, the theory of tort law, and the theory of the law of unjust enrichment, or any work that approaches private law more generally from within a theoretical perspective.

Jennifer Nedelsky Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Nedelsky is currently particularly interested in research connected to the organization of care and of work, as she is finishing a co-authored book, A Care Manifesto: (Part) Time for All. She is also interested in legal theory topics generally, with a particular interest in issues of judgment (book ms Judgment in Law and Life) and how a relational approach to law helps analyze topics in many different areas pf law (Law's Relations, Oxford 2011). She is also interested in the ways that gender and feminist theory intersect with multiple fields of law. Although Indigenous law is not an area of her research expertise, she has previously supervised dissertations in this area and would be keen to join committees. She has also supervised dissertations on mental health law, legal education, judgment, sex trafficking, and human rights, and has been part of doctoral committees on administrative law and political theory.

Professor Nedelsky is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Obiora Chinedu Okafor Professor & York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Okafor is most interested in supervising excellent students who have already demonstrated a strong capacity for academic research and writing, and who also have an interest and experience in International human rights law (especially human rights in Africa), and public international law (especially students who work within and with "Third World Approaches to International Law or TWAIL).

Palma Paciocco Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Paciocco's areas of research interest include criminal law and theory, criminal procedure, criminal sentencing, the law of evidence, and professional ethics. Her current and recent research projects examine plea bargaining, the role of discretion within the criminal justice system, the ethical obligations of Crown prosecutors, and the relationship between the theatricality of criminal processes and the conduct of various criminal justice participants. Her primary methodological orientation is law and the humanities, broadly conceived, with a particular focus on practical ethics, philosophy of law, and dramaturgy. She is also interested in doctrinal analyses of recent developments in the criminal law and the law of evidence, and is active in continuing legal education programs for members of the bar and bench.

Professor Paciocco is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Adam Parachin Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Adam Parachin is willing to supervise graduate students in his core areas of research, estates, trusts, charities and personal income tax. His current and recent research projects examine the legal definition and regulation of "charity". He is also interested in the interaction of public law and private law, specifically in relation to "public policy" limitations on trusts and estates. He is active in continuing legal education programs for members of the bar. He is able to supervise doctrinal and theoretical methodological approaches.

Dan Priel Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Poonam Puri Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Poonam Puri is interested in supervising excellent students who have a keen interest in corporate/commercial law, securities law, corporate governance, capital markets, the regulation of business enterprises, responsive regulation, law and economics, and corporate accountability. She takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of research methodologies and engaging with literature spanning law and society, law and economics, and finance and accounting. Her current research focuses on exploring and developing creative policy and legal solutions to hold multinational corporations more accountable for their actions when they cause harm to individuals and communities and she would welcome interested students.

Sean Rehaag Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Rehaag is interested in working with LLM and PHD students on projects involving refugee law, immigration law, access to justice, and judicial/administrative decision-making. He is especially keen on supervising projects in these areas that use research methods that go beyond standard doctrinal legal research, including: quantitative empirical research, data scraping, machine learning, predictive algorithms, artificial intelligence, and experimental methods. In addition to students with law degrees, students with backgrounds in data science, computer science, statistics, experimental psychology, or related fields, who are interested in exploring intersections between their discipline and law are welcome to apply. Projects with the potential to enhance social justice will be prioritized.

Bruce B. Ryder Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Ryder is available to supervise students with interests in Canadian, foreign or comparative constitutional law, including fundamental constitutional principles; Canadian constitutional history (including the history of colonization and decolonization); division of legislative powers in federal states; Aboriginal and treaty rights; statutory and constitutional prohibitions on discrimination; freedom of expression; freedom of religion; and remedies for human rights violations.

Hengameh Saberi Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Craig M. Scott Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Apart from possible interest in supervising in any area of past scholarship, Professor Scott is most interested in supervising theses or dissertations in the following areas of current research interest:

1. Individual criminal responsibility and state/corporate civil liability for torture, especially in the context of intelligence operations in the 'war on terror' and even more especially in the context of US, UK and Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan.

2. Intersections between law and political theory in relation to transforming the responsiveness of institutional democracy and government policy-making to various forms and manifestations of social knowledge and social initiative.

3. Legal history -- national, transnational, comparative -- on the role of military judges in wartime and civilian judges in authoritarian regimes, most especially in the context of France/Germany in World War II and with special interest in historicizing ethical dilemmas, philosophies of judging, and concepts like honour and loyalty.

4. The theory and practice of social democracy and/or democratic socialism, and conceptions of the role of law, rights and institutions within such theory and practice.

Professor Scott is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application

Dayna N. Scott Associate Professor & York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Scott is particularly interested in supervising critical projects employing community-based participatory methods in the areas of environmental law and justice, resource extraction and Indigenous resistance, gender and environmental health, and imagining alternative legal futures in the green economy.

Professor Scott will not be accepting new students in 2019-2020 because of a planned sabbatical in that year.

Martha Simmons Winkler Professor of Dispute Resolution, Academic Co-Director, Winkler Institute & Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Simmons' research interests include dispute resolution, access to justice, innovation, legal education and disability and would be pleased to supervise research in these areas. She is particularly interested in empirical methods. Her recent publications provide a guide to her current research interests.

Sara Slinn Associate Dean (Research and Institutional Relations) & Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Slinn is willing to supervise in labour law and employment law. She is able to supervise a variety of methodological approaches including doctrinal, theoretical, qualitative & quantitative empirical.

Adrian A. Smith Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Smith is interested in supervising students in any of the aforementioned areas. He is especially interested in supporting projects with strong social justice and/or activist components.

Kate Sutherland Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
François Tanguay-Renaud Associate Professor & Director of the Nathanson Centre Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Tanguay-Renaud is broadly interested in supervising analytical philosophical research on criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, administrative law, and international law. He is especially interested in research that investigates these fields through the lens of moral and political philosophy. In terms of specific issues, his current interests relate to issues of collective and corporate responsibility, accountability of state actors through the criminal process and otherwise, policing and prosecution, justice, rule of law, emergencies, and liability in war.

Professor Tanguay-Renaud is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Eric M. Tucker Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Tucker's research focuses on labour and employment law. He has written across a wide range of topics in this field, including occupational health and safety regulation, employment standards, collective bargaining and constitutional labour rights. He uses various methodologies, including historical studies, and is currently working with a multi-disciplinary team on employment standards enforcement. He is most interested in proposals for projects which match his current or past work.

Professor Tucker is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Gus Van Harten Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Estair Van Wagner Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM

Professor Van Wagner is interested in supervising graduate students working in the areas of property law, land use planning, and natural resources. She is currently involved in grants examining private forest land and Indigenous land rights in British Columbia, and the consultation of Indigenous communities about mining in both Ontario and Aotearoa New Zealand.

David Vaver Professor of Intellectual Property Law Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Vaver is interested in all aspects of intellectual property law in any jurisdiction, with a particular focus on comparative research.

Robert S. Wai Associate Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Edward J. Waitzer Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance/Director, Hennick Centre for Business and Law/Faculty Co-Director JD/MBA Program (Osgoode) Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Waitzer's interests focus on corporate law and governance issues - particularly corporate governance and use of legal remedies to address challenges of governance with respect to systemic risks.

Janet Walker Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Walker is interested in supervising projects in the areas of international commercial arbitration, private international law, and comparative procedure.

Professor Walker is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.

Emily Kidd White Assistant Professor Program Supervision
LLM
Cynthia Williams Professor (Osler Chair in Business Law) Program Supervision
LLM, PhD
Peer Zumbansen Professor Program Supervision
LLM, PhD

Professor Zumbansen is willing to supervise graduate research in the areas of private law theory, critical theory and comparative law.
Comparative Law
Transnational Law
Regulatory Theory
Global Governance

Professor Zumbansen is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.