Sophie Nunnelley

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Personhood in civil mental health law: Implications for care and coercion
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Sophie researches issues of legal capacity and their implications for autonomy and equality. She is currently a Vanier Canada Scholar and was previously a CIHR Fellow in Health Law, Ethics and Policy, a Lupina Fellow in Comparative Health & Society, and a Fulbright Scholar. She obtained her LLM from Yale Law School. Before returning to academia, Sophie practiced law, most recently as constitutional and human rights lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. She was also counsel in the Office of the Lead Counsel to the Gomery Inquiry, and served as law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada. Sophie writes and speaks in areas including health and mental health law, disability, human rights, equality, and freedom of expression.

SJD Candidate, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2013-present)
Certificate in Mental Health Law, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, 2015)
Certificate, Mental Disability Law in Practice, Central European University (Budapest, 2012)
LLM, Yale Law School (2012)
JD (Hons), University of Toronto (2001)
Awards and Distinctions
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-18)
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-18) (declined)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2014-15) (partially declined)
Lupina Doctoral Fellowship, Munk School of Global Affairs Comparative Program on Health & Society (2014-15)
CIHR Fellowship in Health Law, Ethics & Policy (2013-16)
University of Toronto Fellowship (2013-16)
Fulbright Canada Award (2011-12)
Excelsior Award, Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario "recognizing the contributions of Ministry staff who go to extraordinary lengths to serve the public" (2011)
Blaney, McMurtry LLP Prize in Native Peoples Law (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2000-01)
Lang Michener Prize in Propery Law (shared) (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 1998-9)
Mount Allison University Scholarship (1995-97)
Jeannie Forbes Leslie Memorial Scholarship (Mount Allison University, 1994-5)
Professional Affiliations
Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (2002-present)
Other information

Sophie has argued cases at the tribunal level (Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Social Benefits Tribunal), at all levels of court in Ontario, and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Selected Publications

Sophie Nunnelley, "Involuntary Hospitalization and Treatment: Themes and Controversies" in J Chandler & Colleen M Flood, eds, Law & Mind: Canadian Mental Health Law and Policy (Markham, Ont: LexisNexis Canada, 2016).

Sophie Nunnelley, "Coercive Care in Civil Mental Health Law: An Autonomy Lens", Comparative Program on Health and Society Working Paper Series (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, online:

Sophie Nunnelley, "Personal Support Networks and their Potential for a Legal Framework of Supported Decision-Making", paper commissioned by the Law Commission of Ontario (online:

Robert E Charney & Sophie Nunnelley, "Discriminating Between the Charter and the Code: The implications of Tranchemontagne for Tribunals and Counsel", The Six Minute Administrative Lawyer, LSUC Conference (Toronto, February 23, 2010).  

Bradley E Berg & Sophie Nunnelley, "Working Out There: Same-Sex Employment Benefits in Ontario" (2002) 9 Can Lab & Empl LJ 209.

Research Interests
Canadian Constitutional Law
Charter of Rights
Critical Legal Theory
Feminist Analysis of Law
Health Law
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Reproductive and Sexual Health Law
Committee Members
Dr. Kwame McKenzie, University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry; CAHM

Miriam Zucker

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Refining the Exit Right Approach to the Problem of Women’s Intra-Group Vulnerability: Addressing Controversial Marriage Practices within the Bedouin Minority in Israel
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Miriam's  work examines legal strategies for addressing controversial cultural practices that could effectively promote the rights of women in minority communities. Miriam’s dissertation focuses on the case of women in polygamous marriage and forced marriage within the Negev’s Bedouin community in Israel.

Miriam began her research on women within minority communities during her graduate studies at the Hebrew University, focusing on the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. She also taught administrative law as a teaching assistant at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law.

During her studies at Haifa University Law School, Miriam assisted in developing and conducting an empirical research project led by Professors Guy Davidov and Amnon Reichman which examined the degree of deference shown by the Israeli Supreme Court to the governing authority of the Occupied Territories from 1990 to 2005 (which formed the basis for a 2009 publication in Law & Social Inquiry Journal). In her 2nd and 3rd year at law school, Miriam was a member of the editorial staff of an interdisciplinary periodical.

Miriam entered the practice of law in 2007 as a legal articling student at the Israeli state attorney's office in the High Court of Justice (the Supreme Court) department, practicing constitutional and administrative law. Following her call to the Israeli Bar in 2008, she clerked for a Judge at the Jerusalem District Court, assisting in the handling of criminal, civil and administrative law cases in first instance and appeals. In 2010, she returned to the State Attorney’s office as an attorney in the Civil Suits and Outsourcing department, where she initiated suits against entities that take over public property or cause damage to such property (e.g. unauthorized landfills and mines) and supervised external lawyers representing the state in various civil law cases. 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Master of Laws, Public and International Law specialization (LLM, Magna Cum Laude), 2012
Haifa University, Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB, Magna Cum Laude), 2008
Awards and Distinctions
The Graduate Fellowship in Reproductive and Women’s Rights and DCA award, University of Toronto, 2015, 2016
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship for Key Women Educators, 2014
The Sitton Julius prize in the field of Philosophy of Law, the Hebrew University, 2011
The Dinsky Joseph prize for excellence and social activity, the Hebrew University, 2011
The Dean of Students Scholarship for Excellence, University of Haifa, 2005
Professional Affiliations
Member, Israeli Bar Association (since 2008)
Other information

Presentations in Scientific Conferences (papers submitted):

‘Refining the Exit Solution to the Problem of Intra-Group Vulnerability: The Case of Women in polygamous marriage and forced marriage among the Bedouin Minority in Israel’ CLSA Annual Meeting, Calgary, May 2016.

‘Between State, Community and Family: The Case of Women in Polygamous Marriage among the Bedouin Minority in Israel’ Israeli Law and Society Association conference. Haifa, Israel, February 2015.

‘The Case of Polygamy among the Bedouin-Arab Minority in Israel’ Religion in the Public Sphere Conference. Aspen, Colorado, August 2014.

‘Illiberal Cultural Practices and the Vulnerable Individual: The Potential of Empowering Legal Measures for Addressing the Problem of Intra-group Vulnerability’ The 7th Annual Toronto Group Conference. Toronto, May, 2014.

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Critical Legal Theory
Feminist Analysis of Law
Political Philosophy and Theory
Committee Members

SDJ student Daniel Del Gobbo is winner of the 2016 CBA Viscount Bennett Fellowship

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Daniel Del Gobbo, a student in the SJD. program, is the winner of the 2016 Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Viscount Bennett Fellowship. His study area “falls at the intersections of alternative dispute resolution and feminist legal theory.”

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

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Prof. Audrey Macklin - "How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place"

Monday, March 10, 2014

In a commentary in the Toronto Star, Prof. Audrey Macklin and immigration  lawyer Lorne Waldman analyze the ways in which Canada's immigration laws exacerbate the vulnerability of immigrant women ("How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place," March 7, 2014).

Read the commentary on the Toronto Star website, or below.

Prof. Brenda Cossman - "What if Ottawa now criminalizes prostitution?"

Monday, January 6, 2014

In a commentary in The Globe and Mail, Prof. Brenda Cossman looks at the potential consequences of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision striking down three laws relating to sex work ("What if Ottawa now criminalizes prostitution?", December 20, 2013).

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

Public Forum - After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?


After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?

Friday, January 24, 2014, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

University College, Room 179
15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto (map)

Ad Hockers reunite for Constitute! film screening at Faculty of Law

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Screening of "Constitute!"
Constitute! producer Susan Bazilli with disabity rights activist Meenu Sikand and one of the main women in the film, Linda Palmer Nye.

By Susan Bazilli