Editor-in-Chief: Sukanya Pillay
Sukanya is a Visiting Professor and the Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar 2017-2020 at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in Windsor, Ontario. Her current research focuses on constitutionalism, and international human rights law's flaws in prevention, complicity, and response to transnational and existential threats such as climate change, global security, and extreme poverty. At Windsor she is teaching Canadian Constitutional Law, Comparative Civil Liberties, and Access to Justice.
She has an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU where she was also a Graduate Editor of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, and an LL.B. and a B.A. from the Univeristy of Windsor. Sukanya has worked in the public and private sectors around the world. Most recently, Sukanya was appointed and served as General Counsel and Executive Director (2013-2017) and as National Security Director(2009-2017) of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. At Human Rights First in New York she was the founding coordinator of the WITNESS program (in collaboration with musician Peter Gabriel and the Reebok Foundation), was in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 multinational corporation in Asia, as an international lawyer, and has taught law on faculty in Canada. She has appeared as counsel before international tribunals and treaty bodies, and argued cases in the Supreme Court of Canada and before domestic tribunals.
Her legal advocacy and legal research has been recognized inside and outside of Canada, and includes the President's Award from the South Asian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association Award for Advancing Equity and Women's Rights, and the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business' Holmes-Cardozo Award for Outstanding Conference Paper. Her documentary film for BBC World, Robbing Pedro to Pay Paul: The Impact of NAFTA on Oaxacan Corn Farmers, examines the impace of trade agreements on indigenous peoples' rights, biodiversity, and food security, and is one example of her multi-media work in human rights law.
William E. Conklin
Recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada, Bill teaches at the University of Windsor. Bill Conklin received his PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University Canada and graduate degrees in Law from Columbia University and in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Bill was Editor in Chief of 6 volumes (including the first volume) of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. He has also authored seven books, co-edited 2 anthologies, and authored a substantial number of refereed articles in Jurisprudence, the Humanities, International Law theory, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law & Constitutional Theory. He was awarded the “Special Recognition Award, 2006” and the “Senior University Scholar, 2007” by the University of Windsor.
Reem A. Bahdi
Professor Bahdi joined the Faculty of Law in 2002. Her current research focuses on two areas. The first concentrates on the human rights dimensions of national security laws and policies in Canada. The second focuses on access to justice in the Palestinian context. Professor Bahdi is Co-Director of KARAMAH, The Project on Judicial Independence and Human Dignity, a multi-million dollar initiative which aims to support access to justice in Palestine through research, continuing judicial education and directed civil society engagement.
Beverly Jacobs lives and practises law at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario. She completed an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Calgary that includes Law (Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and Indigenous Legal Traditions), Indigenous Wholistic Health, and Indigenous Research Methodologies. Beverly is an alumna of the University of Windsor (LLB 1994). She also obtained a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan (2000).