Hassan M. Ahmad

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The New Immunity in Domestic Courts: Exploring Transnational Human Rights Claims Against Multinational Corporations
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, where his thesis explores the transnational liability of multinational corporations in domestic courts pursuant to human rights violations in developing countries. Specifically, he analyzes the role governments play in shielding profitable private actors. Recognized by the American Society of International Law as a "New Voice," 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 also presented his published research and works-in-progress at the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Annual Conference, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, and other regional and international conferences. 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 has also taught an introductory course on Canadian law to graduate law students at the University of Toronto. Hassan has guest lectured in international law and refugee law courses at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 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. 

In the fall of 2019, Hassan will be a visitor at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. 

LL.M., UC Berkeley School of Law (2016)
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School (2012)
M.A. (Economics), University of Toronto (2009)
HBA / B.Sc (Hon.), UWO / Ivey Business School (2008)
Awards and Distinctions
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC
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
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 (Fall 2019)
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


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 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
Charter of Rights
Comparative Law
International Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Law and Globalization
Legal History
Private International Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members

Visiting Prof. Carolyn Strange: "Gay Village killings show there's still tension between Toronto cops, LGBTQ community"

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Faculty of Law was pleased to host Prof. Carolyn Strange, of the Australian National University School of History, as a visiting professor from July to November 2018. Before she returned to Australia, Prof. Strange wrote this piece in The Conversation reflecting on the historical context of the police response to serial killers of gay males in light of the charges against Bruce McArthur in Toronto.

Bruce McArthur, who allegedly lured men into sexual encounters, killed them and disposed of their bodies, faces eight murder charges in Toronto. The case has saddened and angered many, especially those from LGBTQ2S+ communities. They’ve accused police of failing to investigate the case seriously.

Some community activists believe homophobia and racism lengthened the time it took police to make an arrest. These accusations have triggered an investigation into previously unsolved murders of gay men in the 1970s.

Konstanze von Schütz

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Sharing Authority in the Law of Property: Lesser and Limited Property Rights and the Numerus Clausus-Principle
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5
LL.M. University of Toronto, 2016
Second State Examination in Law (Bar Exam), Hamburg (Germany), 2014
First State Examination in Law, Hamburg (Germany), 2011
LL.B. Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany), 2010
Awards and Distinctions
Helmut-Coing Scholarship for research at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt a.M.), 2018
Dean's Graduate Student Leadership Award (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law), 2018
German Academic Exchange Fund (DAAD) Doctoral Excellence Scholarship, 2017-2018
Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2011
German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2009
Selected Publications

"Immanent Ratio Legis and Statutory Interpretation" in Klappstein, Verena & Maciej Dybowski, eds, Ratio Legis - Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives (Springer, 2018).


Research Interests
Civil Law
Comparative Law
Equity and Trusts
Legal History
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law
Committee Members