Be it resolved: The prohibition on payment for surrogacy and gametes in Canada should be repealed

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Debate chair Professor Roxanne Mykitiuk, Osgoode Hall Law School, Vida Panitch, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University and Professor Françoise Baylis of Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Debate discusses if current prohibition is required or justified

Story and photo by Peter Boisseau

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 is currently an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches "Dispute Settlement," an advanced, upper-year seminar in ADR and dispute systems design, and leads a team of over 30 instructors as the Course Director of "Lawyer as Negotiator," an experiential learning course in representative negotiation. 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
Scholar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2017-2020)
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

"Negotiating Campus Sexual Violence" (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 LGBT Peoples" in Rebecca Cook, ed, Gender Equality: Engaging Across Borders (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) [forthcoming]

“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
Canadian Constitutional Law
Charter of Rights
Criminal Law 
Critical Legal Theory
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Family Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Law and Literature
Legal Ethics
Legal Process
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Reproductive and Sexual Health Law
Sexuality and the Law
Committee Members
Lorne Sossin (Former Dean & Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School)

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

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