Five New Scholars Set to Advance Bold, Justice-Seeking, Community-Engaged and People-Centred Research and Teaching at Windsor Law

Windsor Law is delighted to announce five new appointments of outstanding legal scholars to tenured and tenure track positions as of July 1, 2024.

Kristen Thomasen

Kristen Thomasen is returning to Windsor Law, after spending a few years at UBC’s Faculty of Law.  Dr. Thomasen attained her JD degree from the University of Ottawa and a BA (Hons.) in Anthropology from McMaster University, alongside an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University. She furthered her academic journey by completing her PhD inKristen Thomasen Law at the University of Ottawa. Before embarking on her doctoral path, she served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada, clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and articled for Alberta Justice.

Thomasen’s research and teaching focus on the legal and social impacts of automated technologies, with a particular focus on equity and anti-oppression. Her efforts have shaped research, teaching, public outreach, and student opportunities in law and robotics and she has furthered valuable cooperation with numerous colleagues at The University of Windsor as well as institutions and organizations internationally. There is no doubt that she will continue to make invaluable contributions to the governance of robotics and AI in Canada.  In addition, her growing interests in generative AI, pediatric healthcare, and space law represent exciting areas for future growth and collaboration.

“I am eager to return to Windsor Law’s teaching curriculum with the teaching skill set I have continued developing over the past three years,” said Thomasen. 

Welcome back, Kristen!  We missed you.

Ali Hammoudi

Ali Hammoudi

Ali Hammoudi joined Windsor Law in 2022 as a sessional instructor, teaching Constitutional Law.  Dr. Hammoudi was also named an Ianni Fellow and Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar at Windsor Law. An expert in labour rights and history, Hammoudi also has experience working and teaching domestic human rights.  His research investigates how the law is leveraged ideologically to veil, justify and legitimize exploitative structures of capitalism in the Global South and how labour relations and capitalism relate to the theory and history of international law in the Global South and Turtle Island. 

Dr. Hammoudi has a particular interest in the Middle East and focused his recently completed doctoral thesis on labour history in Iraq.  Dr. Hammoudi’s work has been described as “a tour de force” on the role of international law and labour. His book, Manufacturing Sovereignty: International Law, Labour Struggle and the Making of Iraq is under contract with Hart Publishing. 

“I am excited to build my interdisciplinary academic career at Windsor Law. I am keen to collaborate with other faculty members, whose various research trajectories overlap with my work, whether it is on labour migration, the legal history of settler colonial infrastructures in Canada, or the legal construction of race,” said Hammoudi. 

Welcome to full time academia, Ali!  Thank you for choosing Windsor Law.

Daniel Del Gobbo

Daniel Del Gobbo joined Windsor Law on a limited term appointment in 2023 and has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Law and Sexuality, and the WindsorDaniel Del Goboo Legal Practice Simulation. Del Gobbo completed his Master of Laws at Harvard Law School, and his Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.  

His research interests fall at the intersections of civil procedure and dispute resolution, human rights and equality law, restorative justice, legal ethics, and gender and sexuality. Dr. Del Gobbo’s research borrows concepts from feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, law and emotions, and law and humanities.  An experienced litigator, he integrates these into procedural law debates, troubling the field's foundations and reimagining the law's role in facilitating access to justice and social justice for historically marginalized groups. His book, Feminist Frontlines: Campus Sexual Violence and Conflict Resolution, is under contract with University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Del Gobbo has a remarkable ability to engage diverse audiences and his ideas will shape law and legal scholarship across legal fields in years to come. 

Committed to public interest, Professor Del Gobbo has collaborated with leading human rights organizations including the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Status of Women Canada, and the International Committee of the Red Cross on projects relating to civil litigation, restorative justice, sexual violence, humanitarian negotiation, women’s rights, and LGBTQ2 equality.

"Central to my research and teaching philosophy is modeling the importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, both in my teaching as well as my public-facing research and advocacy work that engages with topics in gender, sexuality, and their intersections with other systems of oppression," said Del Gobbo. 

Welcome back Daniel! We are delighted that you have chosen to remain with Windsor Law.

Joshua Sealy-Harrington

Joshua Sealy-Harrington

Joshua Sealy-Harrington comes to Windsor Law from the Lincoln Alexandar School of Law, where, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and service he received the “Person of the Year” Award from the Faculty Association, the “Professor of the Year” Award from the student body, and the “Appreciation Award” from the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada in 2024. 

Professor Sealy-Harrington completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Calgary and his Master of Laws at Columbia Law School where he is currently completing his J.S.D., with a focus on Critical Race Theory. After his Juris Doctor, Professor Sealy-Harrington completed three judicial clerkships: two at the Supreme Court of Canada under Justice Clément Gascon and one at the Federal Court under Justice Donald J. Rennie. Additionally, he worked as a litigator for two years at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he practiced commercial, intellectual property, and constitutional law. 

Currently, Professor Sealy-Harrington is Counsel at Power Law, where he practices public interest litigation related to racial and gender justice, including interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is also a Board Member at the Community Justice Collective, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal support to anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and anti-carceral social movements in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Professor Sealy-Harrington skillfully combines analytical reasoning and complex narratives in his scholarship, activism, and legal practice to advance social justice. “Everything I do can be described as people-centered and justice-seeking,” said Sealy-Harrington. “Indeed, ‘social context’ pedagogy and advocacy—which largely characterizes my academic and practical work—is all about centring people’s actual experiences with law and, in turn, linking those experiences to broader struggles for justice.” 

Welcome Joshua!  We are thrilled that you will be formally joining Windsor Law.

Daniel Rohde

Daniel Rohde obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto before pursuing his LLM at Harvard Law School. Presently, he is a candidate for the S.J.D. programDaniel Rohde at Harvard Law, concentrating his research on the legal dynamics surrounding money and capitalism. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law from 2020 to 2022.

His scholarly pursuits delve into the nuanced legal evolution and framework of Canadian currency and banking institutions. Before his graduate studies, Rohde practiced as a public law litigator, specializing in judicial reviews of administrative decisions spanning various statutory regimes.

His work seeks to widen our point of view about the possibilities for legal institutional design and the impacts of institutional choices on society.  His research interests include Legal Foundations of Capitalism, Legal Design of Money, Legal History of Banking, Corporate Law, Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law, and Legal and Political Theory.

“I believe that the purpose of legal education is not only to give students the knowledge necessary for legal practice but also to create informed and critical members of the legal profession and of Canadian society,” said Rohde. 

Welcome Dan! We look forward to welcoming you to Windsor Law.