The Dangers of Euthanasia on Demand: Op-ed Chicago Tribune on the Dutch "Completed Life" Assisted Dying Proposal

The following co-authored editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune on October 18, 2016. It is a commentary on the Dutch government's proposal to introduce a new law that would enable state organized life-ending interventions for people who feel they have a 'completed life' but do not suffer from any 'untreatable medical condition' that causes 'unbearable suffering' (which are the key criteria to obtain access under the Dutch Euthanasia law). A new special 'counsellor in dying' would assess whether the request to have one's life terminated would be 'genuine' and based on a reasonable assessment of 'completed life'. 

The dangers of euthanasia-on-demand

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.

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


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
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
Committee Members
The Hon. Lorne Sossin, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (formerly of Osgoode Hall Law School)

Prof. Kent Roach co-authors "Fighting terrorism in Canada: Five questions from the Driver case"

Friday, August 12, 2016

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Kent Roach and the University of Ottawa's Prof. Craig Forcese analyze the implications of the case of would-be terrorist Aaron Driver for Canada's anti-terrorism strategies and legislation ("Fighting terrorism in Canada: Five questions from the Driver case," August 11, 2016).

Read the full commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.

Brandon Trask

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Green Generation: A Legal and Political Economy Analysis of Using Market-Based Policy Instruments to Incentivize Clean Electricity in North America
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Brandon graduated from St. John's-Ravenscourt School in 2007. He then completed two years of undergraduate studies in the University of Manitoba's Global Political Economy Program before being admitted to Robson Hall (the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law). After graduating with his Juris Doctor (JD) in 2012, Brandon completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Toronto during 2012-13 under the supervision of Professor Michael Trebilcock, specializing in the area of law and economics (thesis: Exchanging Approaches: Evaluating Methods to Counter Chinese Currency Undervaluation). Brandon returned to the University of Toronto in September 2015 to begin his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) studies under the supervision of Professor Trebilcock, Professor Andrew Green, and Professor Don Dewees.

A Crown Attorney by profession, Brandon has a wide array of research interests in addition to criminal law, including: law and economics, institutional design, economic and social regulation, political economy, international trade law, energy law and policy, environmental law and policy, and constitutional law (with a particular focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

Brandon is also a course instructor affiliated with the Memorial University of Newfoundland's Law and Society Program.

SJD Student, University of Toronto, 2015-present
LLM, University of Toronto, Class of 2013
JD, University of Manitoba, Class of 2012
Professional Affiliations
Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Member, Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Selected Publications
  • Brandon Trask, “The Economics of Life and Death: Morals and Ethics in an Environment of Medical-Resource Scarcity” (2013) 37(1) Manitoba Law Journal 233
Research Interests
Canadian Constitutional Law
Charter of Rights
Criminal Law 
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Economic Analysis of Law
Environmental Law
International Trade Law
Law and Globalization
Law and International Development
Committee Members
Don Dewees

Ido Katri

Credit: Caro Ibrahim
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Troubling Gender Self-Determination
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Ido Katri (LL.B, LL.M, SJD(c)) is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and a Vanier Canada Scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Ido specializes in interdisciplinary legal research, meticulously using innovative queer methodologies to work across different legal spheres, systems and jurisdictions. His current research, “Troubling Gender Self Determination,” is a legal ethnographic project aimed at documenting the current rise of trans political and legal demands through the voices of community members fighting intersectional exclusion, connecting legal discourses of gender, race, and nationality.

Ido have been an advocate for gender diversity in the part ten years. He have worked as court lawyer specializing in human rights and international law. Before coming to Toronto, in 2012 he co-founded The Gila Project for Trans Empowerment, a grassroots action group working to better the life chances of gender variant persons. In 2011 he have also co-founded Transgender for Social Justice, the first registered association under Israeli law, dedicated to promoting social justice orientated gender diversity. Ido has worked as a litigant for Gisha- Center for Freedom of Movement, fighting for freedom of movement for the residents of the Gaza strip.

As one of the first legal scholars to specialize in trans legal studies, Ido is committed to expending the reach of his work, to other scholars, lawyers, policy maker, the public debate and the gender diverse communities themselves. His work has been cited by courts, have served as basis for policy reforms and is published and forthcoming in law journals, legal literature, and in a queer theory anthology. Ido's research have also appeared in the media in both English and Hebrew. 

LL.M University of Toronto
LL.B Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Awards and Distinctions
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarship (2016-2020)
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (2016-2019)
University of Toronto Women's Rights Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2018)
Naim S. Mahlab Graduate Scholarship In Jewish-Muslim Relations (2018-2019)
Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies (2017-2018)
Earl And Renee Lyons Scholarships In Jewish Studies (2016-2017)
Tanenbaum Graduate Award in Jewish Studies (2015-2016)
Nominated for the Governor General Gold Medal (2016)
David Rayside Graduate Student Award in Sexual Diversity Studies (2015-2016)
Alan Marks Medal for Best Graduate Thesis (2015)
Hallam Award for Excellence in Sexual Diversity Studies (2015)
University of Toronto Women's Rights Master Fellowship (2014)
Professional Affiliations
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health
The Law and Society Association
Israeli Bar Association
Selected Publications


Co-Editor Candian Journal Of Law and Society Special Issue "On the Margins of Trans Rights" (Expected Publication, 2020)

Co-Editor Somatechnics Journal Special Issue “Trans Temporalities” (2017)


Trans/Arab/Jew A look Beyond the Boundaries of In-Between Identities Transgender Studies Quarterly  (Forthcoming, 2019) (PR)

The Banishment of Isaac: Racial Signifiers of Gender Performance, University of Toronto Law Journal 68:1 ( 2018) (PR)

Prison Within A Prison- Gender Variant Experiences of Incarceration  Law, Society and Culture (with Lihi Yona) (Alon Harel Ed. Tel Aviv University Press) (2018) 

Transgender Intrasectionality: Rethinking Anti-Discrimination Law and Litigation (2017) U. Pennsylvania. J. L. &Soc. Change 20

Trans Temporalities, Somatechnics Journal 7.1 (With Simon D. Elin Fisher and Rasheedah Phillips)(2017)

A look Beyond the Boundaries of In-Between Identities(2016) Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (Stanford Press) 10 (Accepted).

Between Conservatism and Radicalism- The Israeli Supreme Court on Gender Variance, 26 Ha-Mishpat Bareshet, 26 (2014).


Incongruence and Distress in the Ethnocratic Empire: Gender Non-Conformity Under Israeli Law in The Stakes in Sex: a Comparative Study of Civil Status of Trans Persons (Isabel C. Jaramillo Sierra Ed.) (Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law, Springer Publishing, 2020) (Forthcoming)

Scamming Reforms- Sex Reclassification from the Body to the Self in Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy  (Don Merkel Ed.) (Oxford Press)(PR) (Forthcoming 2019)

Transgendered Rights at a Crossroad in Anthology of LBGT Rights in Israel, (Alon Harel, Yaniv Lushinsky and Einav Morgenstren Ed. (Hebrew University Press, 2016) (PR).

You Scare the Costumers: Mechanism of Gender Policing in Anti-Discrimination Law  in An Other Sex- Israeli Queer Theory (Aeyal Gross, Amalia Ziv and Raz Yosef Ed. Resling Publishing House, 2016).   


Principle Investigator National Report on the Civil Status of Trans Persons Commissioned by the International Academy of Comparative Law (2017) [50 pages].

Principle Investigator Transgender Access to Healthcare: A Comparative Legal Analysis Commissioned for the Minster of Health, Transgender for Social Justice (December 2013) (Hebrew) [25 pages].

Assistant Investigator Between Realization and Privatization-Social Services in Israel, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (April 2012) (Hebrew) [202 pages].


"Today, trans Canadians celebrate Bill C-16. Tomorrow, the work begins for us all", The Globe and Mail, June 2017 [with Brenda Cossman]

How to Reduce the Suicide Rate in the Trans Community”, Haaretz, March 2017

Ontario Moves Towards Restitution For LGBTQ2S Communities”, Huffington Post, December 2016 

Transformation: The Evolution of Trans Rights in Canada and Abroad”, UC Magazine, September 2016 [with Brenda Cossman]. 

Prisons Are No Friends to Trans Communities”, Ha’Oketz, July 2016 (Hebrew).

“Making Amends for All the Silences”, Ha’Oketz, November 2015 (Hebrew). 

Pride and Transgender Discrimination”, The Jerusalem Post, June 2011. 

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Charter of Rights
Criminal Law 
Critical Legal Theory
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Immigration and Citizenship Law
Labour Law
Legal Theory
Sexuality and the Law
Committee Members
Dina Georgis, University of Toronto Women & Gender Studies Institute
Dean Spade, Seattle University Law School

Prof. Kent Roach co-winner of Reg Robson Award from BC Civil Liberties Association

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Prof. Kent RoachProf. Kent Roach and his co-author Craig Forcese (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law) have been awarded the Reg Robson Award by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) for their work on changing public opinion about Bill C-51, the "Anti-Terrorism Act."