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Jasminka Kalajdzic, Associate Professor

Biography

Jasminka Kalajdzic is an Associate Professor and Director of the Class Action Clinic at Windsor Law. She joined the Faculty of Law in 2009 after twelve years in private practice as a civil litigator. Her current research focuses on access to justice and class actions. She has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports on all aspects of class action litigation, among other topics.


Professor Kalajdzic regularly makes presentations to the bench and the bar, both in Canada and abroad. She has organized two successful conferences: a two-day conference held in March 2011 entitled "Accessing Justice: Appraising Class Actions Ten Years After Dutton, Hollick & Rumley"; and a two-day conference held in July 2013 entitled "Commercial Litigation Funding: Ethical, Regulatory and Comparative Perspectives". In 2015, she published the Law of Class Actions in Canada (Carswell), a text co-authored with the Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Justice Paul Perell, and Alison Warner. In 2016, she prepared significant updates to the National Judicial Institute's Bench Book on Class Actions and in 2018, she published "Class Actions in Canada: The Promise and Reality of Access to Justice" (UBC Press).

Professor Kalajdzic teaches Evidence, Class Actions and the Class Action Clinic seminar. With colleagues at Tilburg University and Stanford Law School, she created and co-teaches a joint seminar on international collective redress, bringing together faculty and students in a virtual classroom. That initiative has expanded to include German, Chilean, Belgian and Montreal colleagues and students. Professor Kalajdzic was a Visiting Scholar at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, in October 2015 and at Melbourne University in May 2016. In July 2017, she taught a course on class actions with Prof. Deborah Hensler (Stanford) and Justice Bernard Murphy in the Masters of Law Program at Melbourne University.

Professor Kalajdzic served three years as the Articles Editor for the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, the faculty's refereed law journal, and six years as a member of the Law Foundation of Ontario's Class Proceedings Committee. She served as co-principal researcher and co-author of the Law Commission of Ontario's Class Action Report, published in 2019. She also served on the Academic Expert Panel for the Australia Law Reform Commission's 2018 Report on Class Actions and Litigation Funding.

Professor Kalajdzic served as Associate Dean in 2016-17. In December 2021, she was awarded the inaugural OBA Excellence in Class Actions Award.