Nathanson Centre News – 2012

Stephanie Silverman

December 19, 2012
The Centre is happy to welcome Stephanie J. Silverman, who will be a Post-Doctoral Fellow in residence in the Winter term of 2013.

Stephanie wrote her doctoral dissertation at Oxford, on The Normative Ethics of Immigration Detention in Liberal States. She has also conducted analytical, empirical, legal, and policy research on the UK, US, and Canadian immigration detention systems, as well as on the issues of child and family detainees, bail and judicial review, protest in and against detention centres, detained asylum seekers, and alternatives to detention. She founded and continues to convene both the Detention Workshop, an academic discussion group on immigration detention, as well as an international working group on the normative ethics of immigration control.

Criminalizing States conference pictures

November 16, 2012
Photo gallery of “Criminalizing and Criminalized States” conference now available on Osgoode’s website. The Centre would like to thank to all those who made this stimulating international event a great success.


October 19, 2012
The Nathanson Centre congratulates its director, Prof. François Tanguay-Renaud, for the recent award of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for his research project entitled “The State as Criminal Wrongdoer: An Inquiry into the Intelligibility and Legitimacy of Criminalizing the State”. This successful application follows a string of good news for the Centre on the funding side, including Prof. Obiora Okafor’s SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on “Canadian-Nigerian Cooperation in Human Rights” awarded last May.

2012-2013 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships

October 16, 2012
The Nathanson Centre is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of its 2012-2013 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships (see the list available here). This year’s recipients include four doctoral and four master students from Osgoode, York’s Departments of Geography, Political Science, and Philosophy, as well as York’s Graduate Program in Science and Technology. These top students work on topics closely related with the mandate of the Centre, and will be adding to its vibrant research environment during the coming year. We welcome them warmly.

Hengameh Saberi on Canadian-Iranian diplomatic fall-out

September 24, 2012
Professor Hengameh Saberi, member of the Executive Committee of the Nathanson Centre, shares some reflections on the Canadian government’s recent decision to sever its diplomatic ties with Iran. Read her op-ed “History isn’t all that sudden: The Ottawa/Tehran break-up and resonance of sound bites“.

Welcome Back 2012-2013

August 20, 2012
The Nathanson Centre welcomes you back, and wishes everyone a good and productive 2012-2013 academic year! We have an exciting program of seminars, lectures, and conferences lined up for the year, and hope to see you at many of them. Come and say hi, and visit our newly furnished premises at Osgoode Hall Law School, IKB 3067. We are pleased to report that decorative art, on loan from the Art Gallery of York University, is also one the way.

2012-2013 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships

August 20, 2012
The call for applications for the 2012-2013 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships is now available here. Note that the application deadline is 14 September, 2012.

New Director

July 2, 2012
The Nathanson Centre is happy to report that Professor François Tanguay-Renaud has been chosen as its next Director. Prof. Tanguay-Renaud officially took the helm of the Centre on July 1, 2012, after serving a full term as Associate Director (during which he also acted twice as Interim Director – during the 2010-2011 academic year, and in the first half of 2012).

Conference on Criminalizing & Criminalized States

May 16, 2012
Nathanson Conference Announcement: “Criminalizing & Criminalized States: A 21st-Century Reassessment of the Domestic and International Interfaces between the State and Criminal Law”, to be held at Osgoode Hall Law School on November 9-10, 2012. For more information, consult the conference webpage.

Youtube Channel

March 13, 2012
Today, the Nathanson Centre launched its own Youtube channel to provide a public archive of its seminars and lectures going forward: Many more videos to be uploaded shortly.

2012-2013 Nathanson Senior Visiting Fellows

March 12, 2012
The Nathanson Centre is pleased to announce that Professor Alessandro Spena (Palermo, Fall Term), Dr. Anthony Amatrudo (Sunderland, Spring Term), and Professor Victor Tadros (Warwick, Spring Term) will be Senior Visiting Fellows in 2012-2013. Respectively, they will be working on book projects on The Criminalization of Immigrants, Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System, and Relating Criminalization Theory and Just War Theory.

Dowdeswell Publication

February 28, 2012
Nathanson Graduate Fellow Tracey Leigh Dowdeswell publishes “Cosmopolitanism, Custom, and Complexity” in the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal (Vol.3, No.3, 2011).

Nathanson Graduate Fellow Mohamad Al-Hakim appointed as Assistant Prof at Florida Gulf Coast University

February 28, 2012
The Centre is proud to announce that one of its 2011-2012 Nathanson Graduate Fellows, Mohamad Al-Hakim, was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (effective Fall 2012). Mohamad’s work focuses on the relationship between political liberalism and minority rights (notably, Islamic minorities) as well as criminal law theory. Many congratulations from all at the Nathanson Centre!

Quebec Question Conference

February 7, 2012
Acting Director Tanguay-Renaud to speak today as part of panel on “The International Scene – Present and Future – and the Quebec Question”, along with Louise Arbour, Michael Byers, and Daniel Turp. For more information, see

Criminal Law Theory edited collection out

January 18, 2012
Prof. Tanguay-Renaud (Acting Director) and Prof. Stribopoulos (Research Associate)’s edited collection on “Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law” is now out. Purchase cheaper here and watch out for the official launch on February 28.

Change of Director

January 1, 2012
From 1 January, 2012, the Nathanson Centre will turn to the able leadership of Professor François Tanguay-Renaud, who will take up the position of Acting Director (which he also assumed in 2009-2011). Prof. Tanguay-Renaud looks forward to continuing to build on the tremendous accomplishments of his predecessors – Prof. Craig Scott and Prof. Margaret Beare – and to turn the Centre into an even more visible and research-intensive player in the areas of transnational human rights, crime, and security.