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Sujith Xavier, Associate Professor

Biography

Sujith Xavier, LL.B. (Essex), LL.M. (McGill), Ph.D. (Osgoode) & Barrister and Solicitor (Law Society of Ontario), is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. His research spans domestic and international legal theory, including Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), constitutions and administrations, global governance, international law, and transitional justice. Sujith is one of the co-editors of Decolonizing Law: Indigenous, Third World and Settler Perspectives (Routledge Press, 2021) & Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual (London: Routledge, THIRDWORLDS Series, 2017). Sujith is a founding member of the Editorial Collective of Third World Approaches to International Law Review (TWAILR.com). He is currently researching and compiling data for his manuscript on transitional justice in post-colonial and settler colonial societies.

Sujith has significant experience working with local grassroots non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka. He was a legal intern with Al-Haq in Ramallah, Palestine. While living in The Hague, he worked for Judge Agius in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  Sujith’s notable cases include Canadian Arab Federation v Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [2015 FCA 168]; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Alexander Vavilov [2019 SCC 65] and he was an Amici Curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States in Department of Homeland Security, et al. (Petitioner) v. Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam (Respondent) (591 U.S. ___ (2020). He recently represented two interveners in Canada (AG) v. Kattenburg (2020 FCA 164).

In March of 2018, Sujith was the recipient of the University of Windsor Outstanding Faculty Research Award (Emerging Scholars/Researcher). In 2015-2016, he was the recipient of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law Students' Law Society Teaching Award for teaching excellence. Sujith taught International Criminal Justice in Monash University Malaysia's summer program. At the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, he teaches Access to Justice, Administrative Law, Public International Law and Race and the Law.