The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) represents all students enrolled in the Graduate Programme at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The object of the GLSA is to assist graduate students in their dealings with the Faculty and to obtain representation for students on various committees and organizations that pertain to the graduate law programme. The GLSA strives to encourage and facilitate co-operation and understanding among students and faculty in order to improve the research activities and educational experiences of all graduate law students at the University of Toronto.

Executive Committee

President: Catherine Dunmore

Vice President: Kayal Munisami

Treasurer: Simon Ayotte

Director of Communications: Kirishanthy Sivagopal

Social Affairs Officers: Michelle Beck, Joy Abaniwonda

LLM Faculty Council  Representative: Carolyn Mouland

SJD Faculty Council Representative: Nadia Lambek 

GPLLM Faculty Council Representative: Kevin Vuong

GSU Rep: Joy Abaniwonda

Faculty Committees

  • Mental Health Committee (1 grad) - Matthew Marinett
  • Standing Curriculum Committee (1 grad) - Greg Bowley
  • Graduate Academic Appeals (1 LLM, 1 SJD) - Eden Sarid, Polimenis Koundouros
  • Library and Technology Committee (1 grad) - Andrew Martin
  • Student Affairs Committee (1 grad) - Kayal Munisami
  • Gender Accessibility and Diversity Committee (2 grads) - Haim Abraham, Matthew Levine
  • Environmental Sustainability Working Group (1 grad) - Sarah Mason-Case
  • Non-Statutory Holidays Committee (1 grad) - Moyosore Balogun
  • LLM admissions (1 sjd) - John Enman-Beech
  • CUPE 3092 Law Faculty Steward (Only teaching assistants can apply) - No candidate

GLSA Constitution

You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)

GLSA Guide

GLSA Guide for Incoming Graduate Students (PDF)

Executive Committee profiles

President: Catherine Dunmore

Catherine Dunmore is the President of GLSA. Having undertaken her LLB at The University of Essex and Legal Practice Course at BPP University, Catherine completed her training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Upon qualification in 2013, she joined the International Arbitration team at Hogan Lovells in Paris, before gaining further experience in human rights issues and death penalty cases in both London and Florida. She is now undertaking her LLM with Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies.

Vice President: Kayal Munisami

Kayal Munisami is the Vice President of the GLSA. She is currently in the LLM (course-work only) program with a Concentration in Business Law. She did her LLB at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. She then took the BPTC (bar course) and was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2014.  She was Called to the Mauritian Bar a year later and practised for a year as a Barrister at 5 St James Court Chambers in Mauritius.  Her academic interests are in Cyber Law and Taxation.

Treasurer: Simon Ayotte

Simon Ayotte is the treasurer of the GLSA. Before coming to U of T, he completed both his bachelor’s degree (literature and history) and law degrees (civil and common) in Montreal, at McGill University. He is in the short thesis stream of the LL.M, and his general focus is on international law. His thesis will focus more specifically on investor-state dispute settlements and theories of justice. Outside of school, he enjoy literature and creative writing, photography, cinema, running, and cycling. He also moonlights as a jazz flautist. (Just kidding.)

Director of Communications: Kirishanthy Sivagopal

Krish is the Director of Communications of GLSA.  She graduated with a BSc from McGill University and worked in Osteoporosis research.  She then obtained her first class LLB in the UK and is currently an LLM candidate at U of T.  She is primarily interested in Intellectual Property, Health, and Biotechnology Law.  Outside of school and work, she enjoys skydiving, participating in dance competitions, yoga, and baking.

Social Affairs Officers: Michelle Beck, Joy Abaniwonda

Michelle Beck is a course-work LLM stream student. She completed her LLB at King's College London. She's excited to be one of your graduate social affairs officers - stop her to say hi or to chat about ideas for events!

Joy Abaniwonda is the Graduate Union representative for the faculty and social position officer of GLSA. She graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and practiced for 18 months.  She is presently doing her LLM in business law.  She loves volunteering in her free time and when she is not, you can find herenjoying a snack, brain storming a business idea or asking the question “why” to everything.

LLM Faculty Council Representative: Carolyn Mouland

Carolyn is the LLM Rep. Originally from Atlantic Canada, she studied Psychology and English before obtaining her Juris Doctor with distinction. Carolyn was called to the bar in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and has practiced in criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. She is thrilled to be specializing in Legal Theory at U of T. Within the area of constitutional law, Carolyn is interested in how legitimacy and the rule of law are impacted by government responses to controversial social issues. When she isn't reading and writing about law, Carolyn enjoys sports, theatre, literature and music.

SJD Faculty Council Representative: Nadia Lambek 

Nadia Lambek is the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) representative on the Faculty Council.  She received a BA from Brown University in international development studies and political theory and a JD from Yale Law School. Her SJD research explores how law and legal claims are framed by global alternative food movements and how law can (and cannot) be mobilized in the pursuit of more equitable, just and sustainable food systems.  She would prefer to be camping and traveling by canoe.

GPLLM Faculty Council Representative: Kevin Vuong

Kevin Vuong is the GPLLM Faculty Council Representative. He is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario where he studied finance and currently serves on their Council of Presidents as the Chairman of the Dan Management Advisory Council. A 2017 GPLLM candidate, his focus lies in public-private partnerships and the intersection of law and public policy. Kevin is interested in social innovation and is one of Ashoka’s 100 global Emerging Innovators, Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, and a former CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow.