Ron Ianni Fellows:
Tasha Beeds is an Indigenous scholar of nêhiyaw, Scottish-Metis, and Bajan ancestry from the Treaty 6 territories of Saskatchewan. She is a kôhkom, a creative artist, a poet, a Water/Land Activator, Water Walker, and a Mide-kwe from Minweyweywigaan Lodge out of Roseau River First Nations and Wiikwemkoong. She is a traditional daughter to Daabaasanaqwat (Peter Atkinson), Turtle Clan from Baagwaanish Giiziibii. Tasha’s work highlights and celebrates Indigeneity while promoting Indigenous nationhood, sovereignty, and care and protection of the land and waters. She asserts Indigenous intellectual bundles, cultural legacies, and spiritual traditions have survived and will continue to flourish.
Tasha has been recognized for research/academic excellence with multiple scholarships including the CGS SSHRC for her M.A. on nêhiyaw writer Edward Ahenakew and her Ph.D. research on Indigenous knowledges. She was a successful co-applicant for three other SSHRC Grants and two Ontario Council of the Arts Grants. Her latest research on Midewiwin Scrolls, garnered her 2 fellowships from the Bibliographic Society of America and an invite to become an Emerging Scholar. She has various creative and academic publications. Tasha is excited to be teaching and researching with the Indigenous Legal Orders Institute on many of the themes reflected in her life work. She is currently a TT Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury.
Environmental law specialist David Estrin will be co-directing a special TNEL Clinical Project on Climate Litigation and Policy, the first of its kind Canadian law school clinical program, with Assoc. Professor Patricia Galvão Ferreira. Prof. Estrin’s climate law and policy expertise includes being Co-Chair of the International Bar Association President’s Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights that produced two ground-breaking reports: Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an Era of Climate Disruption, as well as the 2020 IBA Model Statute for Proceedings Challenging Government Failure to Act on Climate Change. He recently added a new chapter “Climate Change: Legal and Financial Risks, Duties and Strategies for CEOs, Directors, Investors and Lenders” to his continuously updated book, Business Guide to Environmental Law (Thomson Reuters).
For many years he led the Environment Law Group at one of Canada’s largest law firms and is active as pro bono senior counsel in climate litigation and environmental rights matters.
Kirsten Stefanik is an Ianni Fellow at Windsor Law where she is teaching Canadian Constitutional Law and International Humanitarian Law in the 2020-21 academic year. Her research and writing focus on the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international criminal law.
Dr. Stefanik holds both a Ph.D. and an LL.M. from the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law as well as a J.D. and B.A. (French and Political Science) from the University of British Columbia. She is a two-time recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal: first, for her master’s research on the protection of the environment in armed conflict in 2013 and again in 2019 for her doctoral work on developing legal protections for civilians in armed conflict using combatant psychology. She also received the Ronald St. John MacDonald Award in International Law from the Canadian Council on International Law for her work on civilian and environmental protection in armed conflict in 2014.
Law Foundation of Ontario Fellows:
Dr. Joanna Noronha was formerly the Wainwright Fellow at McGill Law (2019-20) and the Catalyst Fellow at Osgoode Hall (2018-19). With research focused on gender, feminist legal theory, queer theory, family law, and labour law, they hold an SJD from Harvard Law School (2018). Their dissertation combined comparative and distributive analyses of parental leave regimes in Canada and the US. Access to justice, institutional design, and the application of conceptual tools from legal theory to the concrete issues of our times are their passion.
Dr. Noronha will be teaching Administrative Law in the Fall as well as Labour Law in the Winter, and is truly looking forward to a year of engagement with Windsor Law's remarkable students and faculty.
Sukanya Pillay is an expert in international human rights law, constitutional law and global counter-terrorism. For her work, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Mrudugana Institute Award, the South Asian Bar Association’s President’s Award, the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Promoting Women’s Equality, the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business Holmes-Cardozo Award for Outstanding Conference Paper, the University of Windsor Award for Excellence in Research and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Students’ Law Society for teaching and mentorship.
Previously, Sukanya was Executive Director, General Counsel and National Security Director at CCLA (Toronto); Director of WITNESS at Human Rights First (New York); and Director, Law and Human Rights Program at TVE International (London). She articled and worked at leading Canadian law firms, clerked at the Ontario Court of Justice, and was legal counsel for a major MNC in Asia. In 30+ countries around the world, Sukanya has worked alongside local lawyers in investigations of human rights violations, trainings, and advocacy. She’s appeared before Parliamentary Committees, tribunals, UN Treaty Bodies, and courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also a media contributor through interviews and articles. In 2020 she launched the popular new podcast JUST PLANET: Laws, Life and Global Crises, with development assistance from Windsor Law.
As a Visiting Professor and Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar, Sukanya will be teaching Canadian Constitutional Law, Access to Justice and Comparative Civil Liberties.