Director | Executive Committee | Administration | Former Directors


François Tanguay-Renaud

François Tanguay-Renaud
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Philosophy, York University
BCL, LLB (McGill), BCL, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon.), of the Bar of Ontario

François Tanguay-Renaud holds degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University, where he was both a Loran Scholar and a Greville-Smith Scholar. He also studied at the National University of Singapore, and completed his graduate work (BCL, MPhil, DPhil) at the University of Oxford, where he was in turn a Rhodes Scholar, holder of the Studentship of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law, as well as doctoral fellow of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture and of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Tanguay-Renaud was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and the Asian Network for Free Elections in Thailand, as well as with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Many of his professional activities continue to be international in nature. In the summer of 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore and, in 2011, he returned to the University of Oxford as a H.L.A. Hart Visiting Fellow. More recently, he was also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Massey College, as well as the Robina Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School. His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas, such as criminal law, constitutional law, international law, emergencies and law, viewed mostly through the lens of analytical legal theory, as well as related areas of moral and political theory. He is also co-director of York’s Combined JD/MA in Philosophy Program, and a Member of the Editorial Committee for Transnational Legal Theory.

Professor Tanguay-Renaud started his association with Osgoode in 2006 when he came as a visiting scholar to help redesign the mandate of the Centre. He was Associate and then Acting Director of the Centre from July 2009 to July 2012, and was appointed as full Director in July 2012.

Executive Committee

Margaret Beare

Margaret Beare
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Department of Sociology
Founding Director
BA, MA (Guelph), Diploma in Criminology (Cambridge), PhD (Columbia)

Professor Margaret Beare’s career combines academic teaching with research and policy development. Her research interests are transnationalization of crime and law enforcement; public and private policing; organized crime; women and the criminal justice system; money laundering; public policing strategies and corrections. Former Director of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption, Professor Beare has been involved in police research for more than 20 years. She served 11 years with the Department of the Solicitor General Canada–two years as Director of Police Policy and Research. Her book, Criminal Conspiracies: Organized Crime in Canada (Toronto: Nelson Canada, 1996), was the first academic book to look at organized crime in Canada and to trace the development of the concept and the legislation, and remains the point of reference for scholarship in the field. Her edited book, entitled Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Corruption, was published in 2003 by University of Toronto Press. Her two latest books were also published by U of T Press in the Spring of 2007. Money Laundering in Canada: The Chasing of Dirty and Dangerous Dollars is a follow-up to a 1990 report entitled Tracing of Illicit Funds: Money Laundering in Canada that she co-authored with Stephen Schneider. The second book is a co-edited manuscript pertaining to police independence entitled Police and Government Relations: Who’s Calling the Shots.

Professor was the first director of the Nathanson Centre. She acted in this role from the time of the Centre’s creation in 1997 until the expansion of its mandate in 2006.

Michael Giudice

Michael Giudice
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
BA (New Brunswick), MA, PhD (McMaster)

Michael Giudice joined the Department of Philosophy at York in 2005, where he teaches moral, political, and legal philosophy, and is a member of the Graduate Faculty. He also became an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University in 2009, and an Adjunct Professor and member of the Graduate Program at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008. Together with Prof. Francois Tanguay-Renaud, he created and now directs York’s JD/MA (Philosophy) combined program, and organizes York’s seminar series ‘Legal Philosophy Between State and Transnationalism’, sponsored by the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Philosophy, York University. He is a founding member of the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership, an institutional collaboration between the departments of Philosophy at York and McMaster, and Osgoode Hall Law School, and he supervises graduate students in both law and philosophy at York and McMaster.

Prof. Giudice’s research is mainly in general jurisprudence, with a special focus on the existence and identity conditions of law, international law, and the methodology of legal theory. His book, Legality’s Borders: An Essay in General Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press) was co-authored with Keith Culver (University of British Columbia) and published in 2010. He also serves on the Editorial Committees of Transnational Legal Theory and Problema: Anuario de Filosofia y Teoria del Derecho.

Lorne Sossin

Lorne Sossin
Dean & Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
BA (McGill), MA (Exeter), PhD (Toronto), LLB (Osgoode), LLM, JSD (Columbia), of the Bar of Ontario

Lorne Sossin became Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). Previously (1997-2002), he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Political Science, at York University. His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy and the judicial process. Dean Sossin was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP).

Dean Sossin served as Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Task Force on the Independence of the Bar and has written commissioned papers for the Gomery Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Goudge Inquiry. He also serves on the Boards of the National Judicial Institute, the Law Commission of Ontario and is a Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Member of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Dean Sossin served as Interim Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto in 2008-2009, and is currently the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto.

Hengameh Saberi
Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
LLB (Tehran), LLM (McGill), SJD (Harvard)

Hengameh Saberi’s main areas of interest are international law,international legal theory and history, jurisprudence, disability law and human rights, philosophy of pragmatism, and Islamic political and legal thought. She has previously taught at Brown University, University of Tennessee College of Law, Boston University School of Law, and Harvard University. Prior to joining Osgoode Hall Law School in July 2012, she was a post-doctoral fellow jointly at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. She holds an LLB from the University of Tehran, an LLM from McGill University, and a SJD from Harvard University.

James Sheptycki
Professor, Department of Social Science
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

James Sheptycki is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science. His special research expertise revolves around issues of transnational crime and policing. He has written on a variety of substantive criminological topics including domestic violence, serial killers, money laundering, drugs, public order policing, organized crime, police accountability, intelligence-led policing, witness protection, risk and insecurity. He is currently engaged in research concerning ‘guns, crime and social order’.



Lielle Gonsalves
Administrative Assistant
Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security


Former Directors

Margaret Beare

Margaret Beare (1997-2006)
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Department of Sociology
Founding Director
BA, MA (Guelph), Diploma in Criminology (Cambridge), PhD (Columbia)

See biographical note above (Executive Committee).

Craig Scott

Craig Scott (2006-2011)
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
(on indefinite leave to hold public office)
BA (McGill), BA (Oxford), LLM (London School of Economics), LLB (Dalhousie), of the Bar of Ontario

Professor Craig Scott joined Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000, following twelve year as member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. On March 19, 2012, he was elected as the New Democratic Party candidate in a federal by-election in Toronto—Danforth, and is currently serving as a Member of Parliament for that riding.

Professor Scott’s teaching and research were primarily in the fields of public international law and private international law, with a focus on the place of international human rights law in both of these fields. His most recent work draws on all three of these fields, including a growing focus on transnational corporate accountability. He also worked extensively on the theory and doctrine of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as on constitutional rights protection in Canada and abroad.

He was the series editor of the Hart Monographs in Transnational and International Law, and Founding Editor of Transnational Legal Theory. He also edited the collection Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation.