Revolution of Our Times: Hong Kong's Black Shirt Movement Explained

Revolution of Our Times: Hong Kong's Black Shirt Movement Explained

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Jackman Law Building, P115
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Kashmir Human Rights Crisis: A Teach-In

Kashmir Human Rights Crisis: A Teach-In
November 4, 2019, 6-8 pm
Moot Court Room, J250
Jackman Law Building, 78 Queens Park Crescent

Julian Huertas

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Human Rights Under Judicial Attack? When Domestic Courts Challenge the Authority of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Julian Huertas Cardenas is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law under the supervision of Professor Karen Knop. His research focuses on the recent resistance to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights by some domestic courts in Latin America. He holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, an LL.M. in International Law from Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia), and received the Law degree (equivalent to an LL.B.) from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). He has been Assistant Professor of international law, now on leave, at Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) since January 2014. His publications address the relationship between international and domestic law in Colombia and Latin America. He has also been a coach of La Sabana's teams that participate in moot courts like the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. Prior to joining La Sabana, he worked for two years at Schlumberger, an oilfield services company. 

S.J.D. Candidate, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2019-present).
LL.M., Columbia University (2019).
LL.M. in International Law, Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) (2016).
LL.B., Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) (2011).
Awards and Distinctions
Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, University of Toronto (2020).
Warren K. Winkler Graduate Fellowship in International Human Rights, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2019).
Naomi Overend Fellowship in Human Rights, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2019).
Houlden & Morawetz Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2019).
University of Toronto Fellowship (2019).
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School (2019).
Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law, Columbia Law School (2019).
Laureate Thesis Award – Summa cum laude, Universidad de La Sabana (2016).
Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Diagnóstico sobre las relaciones entre el derecho internacional y el derecho interno. El caso colombiano (with Paola Acosta, Juana Acosta & Daniel Rivas), 16 Estudios Constitucionales, 2018.
  • Caso Chaparro Álvarez vs. Ecuador. Un caso de arbitraje sui generis y delegación de jurisdicción en el SIDH (with Nicolás Córdoba), 6 Revista Iberoamericana de Derecho Internacional y de la Integración, 2017.
  • Monismo moderado colombiano: examen a la teoría oficial de la Corte Constitucional desde la obra de Alfred Verdross, 132 Vniversitas, 2016.

Book Chapters

  • “Integración Europea, una nueva dogmática jurídica y el salto hacia el constitucionalismo plural”. In: Pampillo, Juan Pablo & Damián, Arturo (ed.), Integraciones Jurídicas Americanas: teoría, historia, instituciones y derecho. México, Editorial Porrúa, 2017.
  • “Teorías sobre la relación entre el derecho interno y el derecho internacional en la jurisprudencia constitucional colombiana,” (with Paola Acosta). In: Acosta, Juana & Acosta, Paola, et al. (eds), De Anacronismos y Vaticinios: Diagnóstico sobre las Relaciones entre el Derecho Internacional y el Derecho Interno en Latinoamérica. Bogotá, Universidad Externado de Colombia, 2017.
  • “De los modelos de desarrollo al derecho a la igualdad,” (with Juan Fernando Sánchez). In: Rodríguez, Gloria & Vargas-Chaves, Iván (eds.), Políticas de igualdad e intereses  colectivos: reflexiones y nuevos retos. Bogotá, Grupo Editorial Ibáñez, Universidad de Salamanca (España), 2014.


  • The Precarity of the People, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, June 2019 (Link here).
  • Assemblies, People and Democracy in 2019, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, June 2019 (Link here).
  • To Destitute the World, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, October 2018 (Link here).


Research Interests
Comparative Law
International Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Law and Globalization
Legal Theory
Committee Members

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 IHRP's Vincent Wong writes "Attacks on the media in Hong Kong threaten democracy"

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Vincent Wong '13, the William C. Graham Research Associate at U of T Law's International Human Rights Program, has written a commentary in the Toronto Star about recent attacks on journalists in Hong Kong and the broader pattern of violence towards the media ("Attacks on the media in Hong Kong threaten democracy," July 29, 2019).

Hassan M. Ahmad

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The New Immunity for Transnational Corporate Human Rights Violations
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Hassan M. Ahmad is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and recently returned from the University of Cambridge where he was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Hassan's doctoral thesis explores the liability of multinational corporations in domestic courts pursuant to human rights violations in the Global South. Specifically, he analyzes the role governments play in shielding private corporations from liabiliy for alleged abuses abroad.

Recognized by the American Society of International Law as a "New Voice" and by the American Society of Comparative Law as a "Young Comparativist," Hassan's research interests have focused on doctrinal gaps in domestic and international law, particularly as they relate to access to justice issues for marginalized groups. His work has appeared in, among others, the Annual Proceedings of the American Society of International Law (ASIL)Berkeley Journal of International Law (online), Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Issues in International Criminal Justice, and the Pace International Law Review. He has presented his research at the following venues: European Society of International Law, Law and Society Association, American Society of International Law, American Society of Comparative Law, Yale Law School, the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, and the International Criminal Court. His legal commentary has been featured in media outlets such as the Toronto Star, CBC News, CBC Radio as well as local television, radio, and newspaper outlets. 

Hassan teaches an international law course in the Law and Society program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also teaches an introductory course on Canadian law to graduate law students at the University of Toronto. He has guest lectured in various law and undergraduate classes at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He previously co-instructed an International Criminal Law course and related moot at Osgoode Hall. 

Prior to commencing his doctoral research, Hassan was a civil litigator appearing before trial and appeal courts as well as administrative tribunals. In addition, he worked at the International Criminal Court where his research contributed to the court's first decision on command responsibility. He also served as a judicial extern for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Hassan continues to litigate select public interest cases including a several-week hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Al-Turki v. HMQ Ontario). He also supervises law students in applications to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. 

LL.M., UC Berkeley School of Law (highest honours)
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
M.A. (Economics), University of Toronto
B.Sc (Biomaterials), UWO (gold medalist)
B.A., Ivey Business School, UWO (distinction)
Awards and Distinctions
Canada Graduate Scholarship in Honour of Nelson Mandela
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, SSHRC
Nathan Strauss Q.C. Graduate Fellowship In International Law
O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (Declined)
University of Toronto Doctoral Fellowship
“New Voice” in International Law - American Society of International Law
"Young Comparativist" - American Society of Comparative Law
William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Fellowship
The Honourable Ian Scott Public Interest Fellowship
Professional Affiliations
Visiting Scholar, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
Adjunct Professor (International Law), Wilfrid Laurier University
Instructor (Canadian Legal Methods), University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Board Member, International Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
Founding Member, International Refugee Assistance Project, Osgoode Hall Law School
Supervising Lawyer, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto
Fellow, Philippe Kirsch Institute
Mooting Instructor (International Criminal Law), Osgoode Hall Law School
Selected Publications

Articles & Book Chapters

Hassan M. Ahmad, "The Missing Forum for Corporate Human Rights Violations in Africa" in Business and Human Rights Law in Africa (eds. D. Olawuyi & O. Abe, forthcoming 2020). 

Hassan Ahmad, Context at the International Criminal Court” (2017) 29 Pace Int’l L. Rev. 132.

Andrew Roman, Jonathan Heeney and Hassan Ahmad, “Class Actions In Canada: Conflicting Purposes and Unpredictable Outcomes” (2013) 9 Canadian Class Actions Review.

Hassan Ahmad, “The Treatment Action Campaign and the Three Dimensions of Lawyering: Reflections from the Rainbow Nation” (2013) 10 J Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 17-24. 

Hassan Ahmad, “Equal Liability for all Members of a Joint Criminal Enterprise? Lubanga Continues the Deficiencies of the ad hoc Tribunals” (2012) 2 Issues in Int’l Criminal Justice 46.

Conference Proceedings

Hassan Ahmad, “Context at the International Criminal Court” in Conflict, Accountability, and Justice (2017) ASIL Annual Proceedings.  

Hassan Ahmad, “Traversing the Rule 76 Terrain: Strategizing the Simplified Procedure” (2017) OBA Institute Proceedings.

Book Reviews

Hassan M. Ahmad, The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 57 Can YB Int'l L (2020). 

Hassan Ahmad, Complicity in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2016), 16 J. Int’l Crim Just 491 (2018).

Hassan Ahmad, The Environmental Law of Environmental Impact Assessment  (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 49 Osgoode Hall LJ (2012). 


Elsadig Sheikh et al., “Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration,” Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley, 2017. 


Hassan Ahmad, Courts are handcuffed on corporate human rights abuses abroad, The Conversation, 2019

Hassan Ahmad, For Corporate Liability, Look to Judges, Not Politicians, Canadian Lawyer, 2019

Hassan Ahmad, Tribunals should consider Charter claims, Law Times, 2018

Hassan Ahmad, The Charter, the Great Protector, Law Times, 2017

Hassan Ahmad, Bombs alone won't crush ISIS. What could? IPolitics, 2016.

Hassan Ahmad, The UN Security Council’s Role in Determining Crimes of Aggression, Berkeley Journal of International Law Blog, 2015.

Andrew Roman & Hassan Ahmad, Class action certification for indirect Purchaser Claims: The Sun-Rype And Pro-Sys Decisions of The British Columbia Court Of Appeal, CCH Competition Law Blog, 2011.

Research Interests
Business Corporations
Comparative Law
Critical Legal Theory
International Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Law and Globalization
Legal History
Private International Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members
Bhavani Raman (Dept. of History)
Elizabeth Acorn (Dept. of Political Science)

Prof. Michael Trebilcock writes "For developing countries looking for guidance, role models are sorely lacking"

Monday, January 7, 2019

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Michael Trebilcock writes about the difficulty of finding relevant role models for developing countries looking to improve the quality of their institutions ("For developing countries looking for guidance, role models are sorely lacking," January 1, 2019).

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


Critical Analysis of Law / Globalization Workshop

Critical Analysis of Law Workshop and Globalization, Law & Justice Series


Professor Ruth Buchanan
Osgoode Hall Law School

End Times in the Antipodes:  Propaganda and Critique  in 'On the Beach"

Monday, June 18, 2018
12:30 - 1:45
Jackman Law Building, Room FL 219
78 Queen's Park