Associate Professor of Law

Flavelle House
Room 323
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Tel.: 416-946-7829

Research interests
Canadian Constitutional Law
Charter of Rights
Comparative Constitutional Law
Election Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory

Yasmin Dawood, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science. 

Professor Dawood specializes in election law (Canada, U.S., and international), comparative constitutional law, and democratic theory. Her recent scholarship addresses such topics as the right to vote, money in politics, political dysfunction, deliberative democracy, and the oversight of the democratic process by the courts.

She has published widely, with articles appearing in the NYU Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Election Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, University of Toronto Law Journal, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Supreme Court Law Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, NOMOS IV: Loyalty, Maryland Law Review, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and the National Journal of Constitutional Law, among others.

Professor Dawood has testified before Parliament as an election law expert. She has been interviewed on election law issues by various media, including CBC Radio, The Agenda, and Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, among others. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences and workshops. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto. She was recently awarded a four-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for her research on democracy and election law. Her past research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Connaught Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Professor Dawood holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an Honours B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. She is admitted to the Bar of New York and she practiced law with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2009, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. 

See Prof. Dawood's profile, Department of Political Science

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Ph.D. - Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A. - Political Science, University of Chicago
J.D. - Columbia Law School
B.A. (Hon.) - University of Toronto
Academic appointments
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Faculty Associate, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Awards and distinctions
SSHRC Insight Grant 2014-2018, University of Toronto
Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto
Connaught Start-Up Award, University of Toronto
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago
Mellon Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago
Chicago University Fellowship, University of Chicago
Young B. Smith Prize, Columbia Law School
Selected Publications

Democracy Divided: Campaign Finance Regulation and the Right to Vote, 89 NYU Law Review Online 17-27 (2014).

Democratic Dysfunction and Constitutional Design, 94 Boston University Law Review 913-937 (2014).

Classifying Corruption, 9 Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy 102-132 (2014).

Democracy and the Right to Vote: Rethinking Democratic Rights under the Charter, 51 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 251-295 (2013).

Electoral Fairness and the Law of Democracy: A Structural Rights Approach to Judicial Review, 62 University of Toronto Law Journal 499-561 (2012). 

Democracy and the Problem of the Partisan State, NOMOS LIV: Loyalty (Sanford Levinson, Joel Parker & Paul Woodruff, eds.) 257-291 (2013). 

Democracy and the Freedom of Speech: Rethinking the Conflict Between Liberty and Equality, 26 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 293-311 (2013). 

Second-Best Deliberative Democracy and Election Law, 12 Election Law Journal 401-420 (2013). 

The Antidomination Model and the Judicial Oversight of Democracy, 96 Georgetown Law Journal 1411-1485 (2008).  

The New Inequality: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of Wealth, 67 Maryland Law Review 123-149 (2007). 

Democracy, Power, and the Supreme Court: Campaign Finance Reform in Comparative Context, 4 ICON International Journal of Constitutional Law 269-293 (2006). 


Forthcoming Publications

Campaign Finance and American Democracy, Annual Review of Political Science (forthcoming 2015).

The Supreme Court of Canada and the Electoral Process, Journal of Political and Parliamentary Law (forthcoming 2015).