Current Doctoral Students

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Haniehalsadat Aboutorabifard

Areas of Research: International Environmental Law, International Investment Law, Incorporating environmental issues into international investment law, Examining the implication and likely effectiveness of voluntary environmental governance, Exploring the challenges of EIA to address climate change issues

Adewale Adekunle Adeyeye
This research raises a key question, "how did the landmark case of Amodu Tijani v. Secretary, Southern Nigeria impact indigenous land rights after its determination in 1921?" Thus, this research investigates selected conflicting judicial decisions on indigenous land rights in Canada and Nigeria.

Areas of Research: Property Law, Comparative International Legal History, African Legal History, Indigenous Land Rights, Public International Law

Ephraim Ajijola
Why should Canada encourage non-bank fintech adoption? Canada's banking system is rated as the strongest in the world, and authorities appear keen on preserving the status quo. Yet, things may not be as they seem, and the system may benefit from improved non-bank consumer facing fintech engagements

Areas of Research: Fintech, Banks, Financial Regulation, Financial Stability, Payments

Davi Almeida
Does a diverse body of judges produce diverse decisions? This question is vital for democracy and the analysis of the decisions of a group of minorities appointed judges in the Federal Justice of Canada will help to answer it.

Areas of Research: Constitutional Law, Socio-legal studies, Administrative Law, Law and Democracy, Legal Theory

James Barry
Odelia Bay

Areas of Research: Disability Legal Studies, Labour Law , Canadian Human Rights Law, Legal Research and Writing

Frances Carnerie
The Youth Criminal Justice Act aspires to protect the public by holding accountable youth who have committed offences, while promoting their rehabilitation; yet does not define "rehabilitation". This is a study of approaches to rehabilitation deployed in a Toronto youth mental health court.

Areas of Research: Youth Criminal Justice, Law and Justice, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Health Systems and Society

Carolyn Carter
How can public legal education and information (PLEI) help low-and-modest-income racialized Canadians gain meaningful access to civil justice? My dissertation examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping racialized Canadians address their civil legal problems.

Areas of Research: Access to Civil Justice, Public Legal Education and Information, Advocacy, Race, Critical Race Theory

Helen Cheng
Jay De Santi
How has British imperialism shaped contemporary common law extradition practices? Focusing on Canada, Ireland, and the UK, this dissertation examines the historical development of extradition and its contemporary practices, with special attention paid to human rights dimensions.

Areas of Research: Extradition Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Human Rights, Administrative Law

Julie DeWolf
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh
This dissertation investigates the legitimization of AI in Anglophone Africa and its impact on human rights praxis. It examines the role of AI in addressing the legitimization crisis affecting human rights advancement, using evidence from Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa (the African Triangle).

Areas of Research: Human Rights, Artificial Intelligence, International Law, TWAIL, Africa

Kenneth Grad

Areas of Research: Hate speech/anti-discrimination, Legal history, Criminal law, Constitutional law, Tort law

Roojin Habibi

Areas of Research: Public Health Law, Human Rights, International Law, International Relations, Action Research

Shushanna Harris
Research Question: When we center the voices of Black women survivors of Intimate Partner Violence who are or were in relationships with Black men who abused them, what do we learn about their experiences and their encounters with the Criminal Law System? do alternative justice models emerge?

Areas of Research: Intimate Partner Violence, Intersectionality, Racism, Black feminism, Law

Danardo Jones
Jon Khan

Areas of Research: Human-centered design; empirical legal research; access to justice; judicial decision-making; empirical legal reform.

Josh Lamers

Areas of Research: Anti-Black Racism, Child Welfare/Family Law, Social Work, Black Studies, Activism/Organizing

Catherine Le Guerrier

Areas of Research: Contracts in the welfare state, Consumer protection, Adhesion contract, Private law and contract theory, Law and political economy

Luna Li
This shift towards “quantification” of the workforce and pervasive collection of workers' data create a complex legal terrain. This study aims to empower workers in Canada by investigating how the law can evolve and innovate in the sphere of data ownership and data property rights for workers.

Areas of Research: Employment and Labour Law, Artificial Intelligence, Data Property Rights, Algorithmic Management, Human Rights

Robin MacKnight

Areas of Research: Federal income tax, Canadian private corporations, Tax policy, Intergenerational tax planning

María Corina Muskus Toro

Areas of Research: Criminal law, Sexual Violence, Feminist Legal Theory, Restorative Justice, Venezuela

Amir Hossein Nahidi
What is the legal character, scope and content of the right to freedom of thought and how can it be applied in the context of emerging technologies that violate the forum internum via various neuroscientific techniques?

Areas of Research: Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Technology, aw and Religion

Adaora Nwajiaku

Areas of Research: Human Rights, Women's Rights, International Law, International Human Rights, Policy Making In Government

Odunayo Olowookere
In the process of digitizing money, what legal frameworks and foundational principles that govern monetary affairs should be preserved or restructured? What are the potential implications of neglecting or overlooking these established legal frameworks/structures and principles?

Areas of Research: Monetary Law, Law and Technology, Institutional design, Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Monetary Sovereignty

Ona Oshen

Areas of Research: International Law, Emerging Technologies and the Law

Joanne Prince
i) Is civil forfeiture similar to other hybrid criminal /civil statutes that ask citizens to control crime? ii) How does the enforcement of civil forfeiture statutes impact vulnerable members of society? iii) Are these statutes effective?

Areas of Research: Property Rights, Criminal Law, Pre-Crime, Property Law

Steven Procter

Areas of Research: artist's resale rights (droit de suite), IP Law, Law & Art, Law & Literature, Canadian copyright law

Alexandra Scott

Areas of Research: Law and Technology, Science and Technology Studies, Artificial Intelligence, International Law, Engineering Ethics

Clare Shrybman

Areas of Research: Human Rights law, Constitutional Law, Poverty Law, Reproductive Healthcare, Health Law

Jagteshwar Singh Sohi
I research practices and performance of justice to understand whether it is equally available to all or if its enactments are precariously distributed by studying an environmental justice struggle of marginalized mining affected communities of Goa/India and their interactions with the law and state.

Areas of Research: South Asia, Law/Justice, Environmental Justice, Forest laws, Indigenous/Tribal

Defne Sokmen
Deanne Sowter

Areas of Research: Legal Ethics, Family Law, Family Violence, Dispute Resolution, Feminist Legal Theory

Amanda Turnbull
My doctoral research examines how law, language, and authority function in the “Algorithmic Turn” in society, wherein algorithms are becoming the main mediator through which power is effected.

Areas of Research: Law and Technology, Contract Law, Feminism and law, Philosophy of law, Cybersecurity

Pauline Vengeroff
This research examines the regulation of AI training data to mitigate algorithmic biases, emphasizing a reformed privacy approach, and exploring implications in health information and copyright laws. It advocates for a framework ensuring ethical and trustworthy AI through data governance.

Areas of Research: Privacy Law and Data Governance, Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Personal Health Information, Data Quality for AI systems, Algorithmic Discrimination

Simon Wallace

Areas of Research: Immigration law, Refugee law, Administrative law

Kerry Watkins
I am interested in the criminal justice implications of the gap between the Supreme Court of Canada's ambition that its statement law reflect social science knowledge of confessions and the limited degree to which this ambition has been realized, and I would like to know if this gap can be narrowed.

Areas of Research: Statement law, Confessions, Interrogation, Psychology of interrogation and confession

Vincent Wong

Areas of Research: Racial Capitalism, Law and Political Economy, Immigration Law, Access to Justice, International Human Rights Law

Colin Wood