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 “Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case (Montreal: McGill Queens Press, 2019).  See more of Kent Roach’s work.


David Schneiderman

BIOGRAPHY David Schneiderman is a Professor of Law and Political Science. He has a B.A from McGill University, an LL.B. from University of Windsor, and an LL.M. from Queens University. He served as Research Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in Toronto from 1986-89, and is founding editor-in-chief of the journal Review of Constitutional Studies.

RECENT WORK “North America Investment Law and Policy: 2017” in Year Book of International Investment Law and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019), 289-304. See more of David Schneiderman’s work.



Patrick Macklem

BIOGRAPHY Patrick Macklem is the William C. Graham Professor of Law. He holds law degrees from Harvard University and University of Toronto, and a B.A. from McGill University. He served as Law Clerk for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada and as a constitutional advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He has taught at the European University Institute and been a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and UCLA School of Law. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

RECENT WORK From Recognition to Reconciliation: “Essays on the Constitutional Entrenchment of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights” (P. Macklem & D. Sanderson eds.) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015). See more of Patrick Macklem’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.


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. 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 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). See more of Vincent Chiao’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.