Our Advisory Group

The Centre’s Advisory Group is comprised of Law Faculty members with expertise in Constitutional law:

Brenda Cossman – Chair

Brenda Cossman joined the Faculty of Law in 1999, and became a full professor in 2000. She holds degrees in law from Harvard and the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s. Prior to joining the University of  Toronto, she was Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2012, Professor Cossman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2009, she was awarded the Mundell Medal for contributions to letters and law. In 2002 and 2003, she was a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Cossman’s teaching and scholarly interests include family law, law and gender, and law and sexuality.

Professor Cossman’s book The New Sex Wars: Sexual Harm in the Age of #MeToo will be published by NYU Press in the fall of 2021. Other publications include Sexual Citizens: The Legal and Cultural Regulation of Sex and Belonging (Stanford University Press, 2007), the co-authored Bad Attitudes on Trial: Pornography, Feminism and the Butler Decision (University of Toronto Press) and Censorship and the Arts (published by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries).  See more of Professor Cossman’s work. 

Yasmin Dawood

BIOGRAPHY Yasmin Dawood is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science with a B.A. from University of Toronto, an M.A. and Ph.D from University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Electoral Law. She has testified before Parliament as an election law expert, and been interviewed on election law issues by CBC Radio, The Agenda, and Power and Politics. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto.

RECENT WORK “Equal Participation and Campaign Finance: Comparative Perspectives”, in Reforming Campaign Finance in America, Eugene Mazo & Timothy Kuhner, eds. 426-446 (Cambridge University Press, 2018). See more of Yasmin Dawood’s work.

Nader Hasan

Nader practices criminal, regulatory and constitutional law at the trial and appellate levels. He defends clients accused of criminal misconduct in a variety of cases, including white collar crime, violent offences, drug offences, and professional misconduct  He has an expertise in digital privacy law and search and seizure law, and has appeared in many of the leading cases in this area. Nader has been recognized by Best Lawyers magazine as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in five different categories. He has appeared in more than 20 cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, including as lead counsel to the successful appellants in Clyde River v. Petroleum Geo‑Services Inc., 2017 SCC 40, a landmark Indigenous rights decision. In 2020, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers.

Nader is a past Constitutional Litigator-in-Residence at the Asper Centre.  He is a co-author of Search & Seizure (Emond Publishing, 2021), a co-author of Sentencing, 9th edition (LexisNexis, 2017), a co-author and co-editor of Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation (LexisNexis, 2018), and author of numerous articles on criminal and constitutional law.

Mariana Mota Prado

BIOGRAPHY Mariana Mota Prado obtained her law degree (LLB) from the University of Sao Paulo, and her master’s (LLM) and Doctorate (JSD) from Yale Law School. She is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Law. She has published extensively on law and development, including three co-authored books with Michael J. Trebilcock: Institutional Bypasses: A Strategy to Promote Reforms for Development (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Advanced Introduction to Law and Development (Edward Elgar, 2014), and What Makes Poor Countries Poor (Edward Elgar, 2011).

RECENT WORK: See Professor Prado’s SSRN page here


Richard Stacey

BIOGRAPHY Richard holds a PhD from New York University’s Institute for Law and Society and degrees in political theory and law from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan and Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, has taught courses in political theory, constitutional law, administrative law and human rights at the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and the City University of New York Law School, and was involved in an advisory capacity in constitutional transition in Kenya (2009), Tunisia (2012 – 14), Egypt (2013) and Libya (2013).

RECENT WORK Dynamic Regulatory Constitutionalism: Taking Legislation Seriously in the Judicial Enforcement of Economic and Social Rights, 31 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 85 – 128 (2017). See more of Richard Stacey’s work.

Hamish Stewart

Hamish Stewart joined the Faculty of Law in 1993 and is now a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.  Before attending law school, he studied economics (B.A., University of Toronto, 1983; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1989) and taught for a year in the economics department at Williams College.   He received an LL.B. degree from the University of Toronto in 1992, clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992-93, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.

RECENT WORK “The Wrong of Mass Punishment”Criminal Law and PhilosophySee more of Hamish Stewart’s work.