Doug Sarro

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The Learning Regulator
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Doug is a Bombardier Scholar and Graduate Fellow in Capital Markets Research at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His doctoral dissertation will look at how the techniques securities regulators use to learn about financial innovations influence their responses to these innovations.

Doug has written on topics relating to corporate, securities, and contract law. His work has been published or is forthcoming in, among other journals, the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial LawThe Business Lawyer, the Canadian Bar Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

After graduating as gold medallist from Osgoode Hall Law School, Doug clerked for Chief Justice Winkler and Justices Gillese, MacFarland, Watt, and Pardu of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He then practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where he worked on the AT&T-Time Warner and Kraft-Heinz mergers, as well as MetLife's successful challenge of its designation as “too big to fail” by the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council. Doug later served as a senior advisor at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), where he contributed to public reports on enhancing disclosure effectiveness, protecting senior investors, and the cryptoasset sector in Ontario, among other topics.

Doug is admitted to practice law in Ontario and New York, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. He serves as Managing Editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal and sits on the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada. In 2018 and 2019, he taught Business Associations at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Education
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
H.B.A., University of Toronto (Victoria College)
Awards and Distinctions
J-A Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral), SSHRC
Graduate Fellowship in Capital Markets Research, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Best Practitioner Research in Post-Modern Portfolio Theory, Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (with E.J. Waitzer)
The Gold Medal and George Graham Sinclair Memorial Prize, Osgoode Hall Law School
Professional Affiliations
Law Society of Ontario
New York State Bar
CFA Institute
Selected Publications

Articles

"Proxy Advisors As Issue Spotters" 15 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law [forthcoming in 2021].
    •  Featured in Oxford Business Law Blog.

"Measure Once, Cut Twice’: Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. v. Ontario (Attorney General) and the Interpretation of Indemnities" (2019) 62 Canadian Business Law Journal 1–34 (lead author, with P.J. Davis).
    •  Featured in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

"In Search Of Things Past And Future: Judicial Activism And Corporate Purpose" (2018) 55 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 791–826 (with E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).

"Fiduciary Society Unleashed: The Road Ahead for the Financial Sector" (2014) 69 The Business Lawyer 1081–1116 (with E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).

"Do Lenders Make Effective Regulators? An Assessment of the Equator Principles on Project Finance" (2012) 13 German Law Journal 1522–55.

"The Public Fiduciary: Emerging Themes in Canadian Fiduciary Law for Pension Trustees" (2012) 91 Canadian Bar Review 163–209 (with E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).
    •  
Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

"Breaking the Bargain: A Comment on the Constitutional Validity of Bill C-7, the Proposed Senate Reform Act" (2012) 70 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 115–40 (peer-reviewed).

Book chapters

"Climate Change: A New Bellwether of Corporate Accountability for Systemic Risks" in O.E. Fitzgerald, ed., Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law (Waterloo: CIGI Press, 2020) 107–122 (with E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).
    •  Book launch panel titled "Corporate Citizen and COVID-19: Environment and the Corporation." 

"Reasonable Expectations and Fiduciary Obligations: Legal Pathways to Longer-Term Thinking" in D. Barton, D.J. Horvath & M. Kipping, eds., Re-Imagining Capitalism: Building a Responsible Long-Term Model (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 226–245 (with E.J. Waitzer).

"The public fiduciary: a Canadian perspective" in J.P. Hawley et al., eds., Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Responsibility (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) 9–19 (with E.J. Waitzer).

Book review

"Rational Choices, But for Whom? Transnational Financial Regulation after the Crisis" [Review of Soft Law and the Global Financial System: Rule Making in the 21st Century, by C. Brummer] (2011) 2 Transnational Legal Theory 455–62.

Research Interests
Business Corporations
Business Law
Comparative Law
Contracts
Economic Analysis of Law
Securities Regulation
Supervisor
Committee Members

Toronto homecoming for renowned law and economics scholar: Meet new faculty member Professor Gillian Hadfield

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Global authority on the intersection between law and technology returns to Canada to join a vibrant and thriving powerhouse for AI research and legal tech

By Sheldon Gordon

Gillian Hadfield, a leading scholar and advocate for legal reform and redesign, is the latest pioneering academic to be drawn by Toronto’s growing reputation as an advanced technology hub.

John Enman-Beech

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Contract Life
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

My research explores the applications of critical feminist legal and economic theory to contract law, seeking pragmatic openings for applied theory within the bounds of liberal private law discourse. My thesis critiques the role of contract law in the everyday—employment, consumer, and user law—a set of phenomena I term contract life. See my SSRN page for publications from the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Journal of Commonwealth Law, and the Journal of Law and Equality. I also am, or have been, a graduate fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, doctoral fellow at the Centre for Ethics, SSHRC doctoral fellow, Ontario Graduate Scholar, SSHRC Canada Graduate Master's Scholar, and recipient of the NSERC undergraduate research award from back when I almost became a computational geophysicist.

Research Interests
Consumer Protection and Products Liability Law
Contracts
Critical Legal Theory
Economic Analysis of Law
Family Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Labour Law
Legal Process
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Sexuality and the Law
Supervisor
Committee Members

Daniel Del Gobbo

Daniel Del Gobbo
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Negotiating Feminism: Campus Sexual Violence and the Politics of Settlement
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Daniel Del Gobbo is a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he is attending with the support of a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, CBA Viscount Bennett Fellowship, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His current research considers the use of alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, and systems design processes in resolving gender-based conflicts, with a focus on the problem of campus sexual violence in Canada. One of his major papers in this area received the CLSA Roderick A. Macdonald Prize for the best essay written by a Canadian graduate student on a topic in law and society in 2019. Previously, Daniel earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Harvard Law School.

Daniel taught two different courses as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2015 to 2019. He taught "Dispute Settlement," an advanced, upper-year seminar in ADR and dispute systems design in all four years, and he led a team of over 30 instructors as the Course Director of "Lawyer as Negotiator," an experiential learning course in representative negotiation from 2017 to 2019. Outside of these classes, Daniel has guest lectured extensively on the topics of civil procedure, equality law, access to justice, and gender and sexuality in Canada. He received the Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty in 2018 as well as the Osgoode Legal & Literary Society Faculty Equity Award in 2019.

Daniel's academic and advocacy work are committed to the public interest. He has advised organizations including the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, International Committee of the Red Cross, and Status of Women Canada on projects related to restorative justice, sexual violence, humanitarian negotiation, women's rights, and LGBTQ2 equality around the world. His legal research and commentary has appeared in such major media outlets as The Globe and Mail, Policy Options, the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, the National Post, CP24, Lawyer's Daily, and The Conversation. Before entering academia, Daniel maintained a busy litigation practice in both the private and public sectors, working for two multinational law firms as well as one of the largest social housing providers in North America.

Education
LL.M., Harvard Law School (2015)
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School (2011)
B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University (2008)
Awards and Distinctions
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2020-2021)
Thesis-Writing Scholarship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2020-2021)
Scholar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2017-2020)
Honourable Mention, CALT Scholarly Paper Award (2020)
CLSA Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize (2019)
Faculty Equity Award, Legal & Literary Society, Osgoode Hall Law School (2019)
Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, Osgoode Hall Law School (2018)
Hallam Award of Excellence, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto (2018)
Viscount Bennett Fellowship, Canadian Bar Association (2016-2017)
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2016-2020)
Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2016-2019)
Dean's Scholar, Sex Equality, Harvard Law School (2014-2015)
Dean's Scholar, Gender and Sexuality in Transnational Law, Harvard Law School (2014-2015)
Harvard University Associates in Canada Scholarship, Harvard Law School (2014-2015)
J.S.D. Tory Research and Writing Award, Osgoode Hall Law School (2011)
Dean's Key Award, Osgoode Hall Law School (2011)
Silver Medal, ABA International Negotiation Competition (2011)
McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award, Osgoode Hall Law School (2010)
Scotiabank J.D. Entrance Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School (2008)
Professional Affiliations
Visiting Scholar, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
Adjunct Faculty, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Member, Law Society of Ontario
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Ontario Bar Association
Selected Publications

Journal Articles

"Bargaining with Emotions in Title IX Enforcement" (2021) ___ Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution ___ [invited, forthcoming]

"Feminism in Conversation: Campus Sexual Violence and the Politics of Settlement" (2020) 53(3) UBC Law Review ___ [forthcoming]

"Queer Dispute Resolution" (2019) 20(2) Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 283

“The Feminist Negotiator’s Dilemma” (2018) 33(1) Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 1 

“Unreliable Narration in Law and Fiction” (2017) 30(2) Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 311 

“Understanding the Anomalous: The Law of Civil Conspiracy” (2013) 42 Advocates’ Quarterly 143 [with Trevor Guy]

Chapters in Edited Collections

Ross et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen,” in Sonia Lawrence & Estair Van Wagner, eds, Canadian Feminist Judgments Project [with Toby Goldbach] (rewriting a decision of the Federal Court granting approval to a proposed settlement agreement in the class action arising from the historical sanctioning and discharging of LGBTQ2 peoples from the Canadian military and federal public service) [in progress]

"Queer Rights Talk: The Rhetoric of Equality Rights for LGBTQ+ Peoples" in Rebecca Cook, ed, Frontiers of Gender Equality (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) [forthcoming]

“The Return of the Sex Wars: Contesting Rights and Interests in Campus Sexual Violence Reform” in Diane Crocker, Joanne Minaker & Amanda Nelund, eds, Violence Interrupted: Confronting Sexual Violence on University Campuses (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020) 

“Rex and Regina’s Children Can Do No Wrong? Reconsidering Crown Agent Immunity in Commercial Contexts” in Todd Archibald & Scott Echlin, eds, (2014) Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2014 (pp. 31-60) [with Sandra Barton and Ryan Teschner]

Book Reviews

Review of Norman Bacal, Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie (2017) 54(4) Osgoode Hall Law Journal 1359

Academic Blogs

Portia in the Same Voice? Law and Feminism in The Merchant of Venice (January 11, 2017) SexText: The SDS BlogMark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

Op-Eds

Trauma Must be Considered in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence (February 18, 2020)  Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy

The Ontario Government's Shameful Snub of Affordable Housing (May 7, 2019) The Conversation (reprinted in the National Post)

“Restorative Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence” (April 23, 2018) Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy (with Vathsala Illesinghe)

“Words are Powerful, but LGBTQ2 Equality Requires More than a Trudeau Apology” (November 27, 2017) The Globe and Mail (with Brenda Cossman)

“Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus” (October 24, 2017) Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy

“In Cases of Sexual Violence, Justice Can Come from Outside the Courts” (July 25, 2017) Toronto Star

“Hiding Behind ‘Locker Room Talk’ and the Canadian Legal System” (November 1, 2016) National Magazine, Canadian Bar Association

“Assessing Canada’s Legislative Responses to Campus Sexual Violence” (May 4, 2016) National Magazine, Canadian Bar Association

"Is the Supreme Court Headed Right?" (November 1, 2011) Huffington Post Canada

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Contracts
Criminal Law 
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Critical Legal Theory
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Family Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Law and Literature
Legal Ethics
Legal Process
Legal Theory
Reproductive and Sexual Health Law
Sexuality and the Law
Supervisor
Committee Members
The Hon. Lorne Sossin, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (formerly of Osgoode Hall Law School)

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