Our Advisory Group

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

Kent Roach  – Chair

BIOGRAPHY Kent Roach is Professor of Law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the Faculty of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Yale University, and a former law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. He has served as research director in multiple inquiries, and represented Aboriginal and civil liberties groups in many interventions before the courts. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2013 he was one of four academics awarded a Trudeau Fellowship.

RECENT WORK “Enforcement of the Charter — Subsections 24(1) and 52(1)” Supreme Court Law Review (2013), 62 S.C.L.R. (2d).  See more of Kent Roach’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 “The Senate Reference: Constitutional Change and Democracy”, 60 McGill Law Journal 737-761 (2015). See more of Yasmin Dawood’s work.


Anna Su

BIOGRAPHY Anna Su holds an SJD from Harvard Law School where her dissertation was awarded the John Laylin Prize for best paper in international law. She received her JD and AB degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Prior to coming to Toronto, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy based in SUNY Buffalo Law School, and a graduate fellowship in ethics with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She worked as a law clerk for the Philippine Supreme Court and was a consultant to the Philippine government negotiating panel with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

RECENT WORK “Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power” (Harvard University Press, 2016). See more of Anna Su’s work.


Lorraine E. Weinrib

BIOGRAPHY Lorraine E. Weinrib was appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science in 1988. Previously, she worked in the Crown Law Office – Civil, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), holding the position of Deputy Director of Constitutional Law and Policy at the time of her departure. Her work included legal advice and policy development on constitutional issues, as well as extensive litigation, frequently in the Supreme Court of Canada.

 RECENT WORK Transnational Perspectives on the U.S. Transnational Law Controversy, 47 Tulsa Law Review 101 (2011). See more of Lorraine E. Weinrib’s work.


Nader Hasan

BIOGRAPHY: Nader practices criminal, regulatory and constitutional law at the trial and appellate levels.  He has an expertise in digital privacy law and search and seizure, and has appeared in many of the leading cases in this area. Nader is a veteran Adjunct Professor of law at the Faculty of Law, where he has taught the Law of Evidence and currently teaches a popular class on crime and punishment.  He frequently lectures on criminal law and civil liberties issues and is an associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter.  He is  author of numerous articles on criminal and constitutional law.  Nader is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil), and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (J.D.).  Nader clerked for the Honourable Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.

RECENT WORK:  Sentencing, 9th edition (LexisNexis, 2017), a co-author and co-editor of Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation (LexisNexis, 2018)

Vincent Chiao

BIOGRAPHY: Vincent Chiao, B.A. (University of Virginia), Ph.D. (Northwestern), J.D. (Harvard), is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. He researches and teaches primarily in the area of criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular interest in the philosophical examination of its doctrine and institutions. He is the author of Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State (Oxford University Press 2018). He is also responsible for overseeing the Faculty of Law’s appellate criminal law externship, which provides selected third year JD students with the opportunity to work directly on criminal appeals, including before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

RECENT WORK: “Predicting Proportionality: the Case for Algorithmic Sentencing,” Criminal Justice Ethics 37(3) (2018): 238-261, Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State (Oxford University Press, 2018).