U of T Law event, March 2 & 3, delves into climate change from a legal and policy perspective

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Man in a suit holding a green leaf

How is climate change affecting the law, and the role of law in society?

On March 2 & 3, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, aims to broaden legal and policy discussions and explore how climate change is impacting law, and the legal profession at Law in a Changing World: The Climate Crisis.

Steve Lorteau

Steve Lorteau
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Land Use Law in the Anthropocene
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Steve has a bijuridical education with degrees in common law and civil law from the University of Ottawa. During his legal studies, Steve participated and later coached in the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition. In 2020, Steve completed a judicial clerkship at the Federal Court under Justice Peter Pamel. Following his clerkship, Steve completed his Master of Laws (LLM) thesis at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dean Jutta Brunnée.

Steve's research interests are in the areas of climate law, public law, zoning law, and international law. His research centres on the role of courts in climate law. His LLM thesis explored the environmental obligations of state-owned fossil fuel companies under international law. His SJD thesis focuses on political economy issues relating to judicial adjudication of environmental zoning. His research on environmental law has been published in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) and the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law.

Steve also has an interest in the intellectual property aspects of wine law, and a particular interest in Canada’s unique approach to wine regulation. In 2016, Steve graduated with a diploma in wine law from the University of Reims, located in the heart of the Champagne. His research on wine law has been published in the Journal of Wine Research, Jus Vini: Journal of Wine & Spirits Law, and a collective monograph on comparative wine law. Since 2022, he has served as the Canadian reporter for Jus Vini annual chronicles.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys reading, playing board games, watching sports, cooking, and discovering new wines.

University of Toronto, LL.M. (Long Thesis), 2021
University of Ottawa, J.D., 2019
University of Ottawa, LL.L. (Civil Law) 2018
University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc. (International Development), 2018
University of Ottawa, B.A. (Philosophy), 2015
Awards and Distinctions
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-D (2021-2024)
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-M (2020-2021)
Robert Law Fellowship in Legal Ethics (2020-2021)
Environmental Law Essay Contest Prize, Center for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (2019)
Me Anwar Chami Scholarship for excellence in studies in international law (2018)
Second Best Oralist, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2017)
Professional Affiliations
Law Society of Ontario
Earth System Governance Project Research Fellow
Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics, International Expert Group Canada
Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

· Steve Lorteau, “The Potential of 'State-as-Polluter' Litigation” (2023) 1 Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law.

· Steve Lorteau, “Canada 2021: Disputed Territories, Comparative Advertising, and Trademarks” (2022) 1 Jus Vini: Journal of Wine & Spirits Law 87-102.

· Steve Lorteau, “Contractual Carbon Fees: A Proposal” (2020) 15:2 McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law 176-201.

· Steve Lorteau, “A Purposive Approach to Wine Regulation: Royal Demaria v Lieutenant Governor in Council” (2019) 2 Jus Vini: Journal of Wine & Spirits Law 231-240.

· Steve Lorteau, “La philosophie du droit systématique de l’encyclopédiste Antoine- Gaspard Boucher d’Argis [The Systematic Jurisprudence of l’Encyclopédiste Antoine-Gaspard Boucher d’Argis]” (2019) 54 Recherches sur Diderot et sur l’Encyclopédie 147-164.

· Steve Lorteau, “A Comparative Analysis of Skin-Contact Wine Definitions in Ontario and South Africa” (2018) 29:4 Journal of Wine Research 265-277.

· Steve Lorteau, “China’s South China Sea Claims as Unprecedented – Skeptical Remarks” (2018) 55 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 1-41.

Book Chapters

· Steve Lorteau, “Regulatory Controls in the Canadian Wine Sector” in Theodore Georgopoulos, ed, Administrative controls in the wine sector (Paris: Mare & Martin, 2021), pp 341-367.

Opinion Pieces

· Steve Lorteau, “For Fossil-Fuel Reliant Governments, Climate Action Should Start At Home" The Conversation Canada, 19 April 2023. https://theconversation.com/for-fossil-fuel-reliant-governments-climate-...

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Environmental Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Legal Theory
Property Law
Committee Members
Kate J. Neville, Department of Political Science

Law and Economics Colloquium: Nicolas Lamp

Law and Economics Colloquium


Nicolas Lamp
Queen's University

How Should We Think about the Winners and Losers from Globalization? Three Narratives and Their Implications for the Redesign of International Economic Agreements

SJD student Mariam Olafuyi receives African Scholars Award

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Based on a story by Perry King

SJD student Mariam Olafuyi has been awarded an emerging academic award at the third annual African Scholars Awards ceremony. 

The awards, created by the University of Toronto’s African Alumni Association, recognize the winners for their commitment to building and strengthening communities inside and outside U of T in ways that promote diversity, inclusivity and innovation. Twenty-five students, faculty, staff and alumni received awards at an event at the William Waters Lounge in Woodsworth College.

Doug Sarro

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

Doug's dissertation looks at how securities regulators respond to new financial innovations, and how politicians can use law to steer these responses—for better and for worse. His recent work appears in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, UBC Law Review, Queen's Law JournalCanadian Business Law Journal, and Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial LawDoug has also commented on business law issues for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, and other media outlets.

Before pursuing an academic career, Doug clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and was a senior advisor at the Ontario Securities Commission. He remains engaged in the securities industry as a Vice Chair of the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada.

Doug holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated as gold medallist. He is a member of the bars of Ontario and New York and a CFA charterholder.

Selected Publications

"Corporate Veil-Piercing and Structures of Canadian Business Law" (2022) 55 UBC Law Review 203–50.

"Incentives, Experts, and Regulatory Renewal" (2021) 47 Queen's Law Journal 38–77.
•  Featured in the Legal Theory Blog.

"Proxy Advisors as Issue Spotters" (2021) 15 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 371–419.
•  Featured in the 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 (with Paul 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 Ed Waitzer).
•  Quoted in the Dey-Kaplan report on corporate governance and in commentary by John Ruggie.

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Business Corporations
Business Law
Comparative Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Securities Regulation
Tax Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members
Adriana Robertson, University of Chicago

Mariam Momodu (Olafuyi)

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Re-evaluating Economic Integration in Africa: Actors, Methods and Outcomes
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Mariam Momodu (Olafuyi) is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She specializes in international trade law, law and development and law and globalization. In her doctoral thesis, she re-evaluates economic integration in Africa by exploring the concept of bottom-up economic integration- an analysis of the use of private regulation by non-state actors to facilitate trade within Africa. She also routinely engages in debates about the informal economy and trade facilitation initiatives that affect women and youth in Africa. Mariam is currently a Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto. She was recently also awarded a Senior Doctoral Fellowship by New College, University of Toronto. 

She obtained her undergraduate degree in law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she was elected as the first female president of the law students' society and set a record for the most outstanding academic result from the faculty.  She then obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship and the Cambridge Trust Scholarship. During her time at Cambridge, she was a co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and one of the organizers of the annual Cambridge Africa Business Network conference at Judge Business School.

Prior to commencing her doctorate program, Mariam was an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Law and Business, Lagos. She also worked as in-house counsel for a multinational company and practiced in a tier-one law firm in Nigeria, advising on regional economic integration and trade in Africa.

In addition to her academic endeavours, Mariam is involved in several initiatives that equip young people from underrepresented backgrounds with the skills and knowledge required to access quality education. She also actively advocates for quality education in developing countries.

She has received several recognitions for her work in law, education and development. She was recognized by McKinsey and Co. as one of the 40 Next Generation Women Leaders in Nigeria and was a delegate at the World Youth Forum in 2019.

University of Toronto Doctoral Candidate 2017- Date
University of Cambridge, LL.M
The Nigerian Law School, Lagos, B.L
The University of Ibadan, LL.B (First Class)
Awards and Distinctions
Vanier CGS Scholarship
Emerging Academic Award- University of Toronto African Alumni Association
New College Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
PEO International Peace Scholarship
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto SJD Fellowship
John Stransman Graduate Fellowship in Law and Economics, University of Toronto
Graduate Fellowship in Capital Markets Research, University of Toronto
Scholars Workshop, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
Delegate, World Youth Forum, African and Arab Youth Platform
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (University of Cambridge)
Cambridge Trust Scholarship (Honorary)
Best Graduating Student, University of Ibadan Faculty of Law
Professional Affiliations
Senior Doctoral Fellow, New College, University of Cambridge
Member, Infrastructure Policy Commission, Nigerian Economic Summit Group
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Other information


"Globalization, Technology and Values: Millennials and Gen Z's Interaction With the Global Trading System" at the World Trade Organization Public Forum. October 2019 (Panel Convener and Moderator)

"Can Transnational Private Regulation Facilitate Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?" at the Purdy Crawford Workshop on The Role of Business Regulation in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. September 2019

Selected Publications

Mainstreaming Non-State Actors in African Economic Integration.


The Informal Economy and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making Trade Work for the Often Overlooked (AfronomicsLaw.Org)

Co-authored chapter published in ‘The Copenhagen Competition 2010 on Access to Medicines’ Laura Nielsen (ed.). Copenhagen: DJOF Publishing, 2010. Print


Research Interests
Business Law
Economic Analysis of Law
International Trade Law
Law and Globalization
Law and International Development
Private International Law
Committee Members

The 'double-dipping professor' in Doug Ford’s crosshairs is nothing but a myth

The following first appeared in the National Post (Financial Post) June 4, 2019

There is the unicorn. There is the chimera. There is the Mothman, the Minotaur, the manticore, and assorted mutants. Then there is the double-dipping university professor. Each of these mythical creatures has the same unassailably assailable pedigree, which is to say, none at all. 

You don’t have to have had your ear to the ground in the last few weeks to have heard the vitriolic attacks in Ontario on professors over a certain age who, because they work past mandatory retirement age, are receiving both pension and salary. “Time for Ontario to ditch double-dipping university professors,” reads the headline on a recent Toronto Sun column. The Ford government appears to be poised to adopt legislation that prevents professors from receiving salary and pension at the same time.