Nathanson Centre News – 2013

Holidays Greeting

December 23, 2013

The Nathanson Centre wishes you a joyful holiday season and a very Happy New Year. See you all again in 2014!

Wisniewski Essay Prize

November 11, 2013

Wisniewski_Karolina_sliderThe Centre is proud to report that former Nathanson Graduate Fellow Karolina Wisniewski recently won the 2013 Essay Competition organized by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary, University of London. Wisniewski presented her essay entitled “The Non-Coercive Force of International Law” on November 7, 2013 at the inaugural meeting of the Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory (focusing on “Authority in a Transnational Age”), hosted by the CLSGC. For more details, see the notices on Queen Mary’s and Osgoode’s websites, as well as in YFile.

2013-2014 NC Graduate Fellowships

October 14, 2013

The Centre recently awarded its 2013-2014 Graduate Fellowships. This year’s Fellows are listed here, and come to us from five different units at York University – namely, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Department of Philosophy, the Graduate Program in Communication & Culture, the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies, and the School of Social Work. The Centre welcomes its new fellows warmly, and looks forward to working with them.

Director Tanguay-Renaud appointed Associate Dean

September 30, 2013

The Centre is happy to report that its Director, Professor François Tanguay-Renaud, has been appointed as Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations at Osgoode Hall Law School. He will remain Director of the Centre during his tenure, for which we wish him the best.

Photo galleries: Minorities and the State & Bhandari J. Public Lecture

September 30, 2013
Photo galleries are now available for the “Minorities and the State in Canada and Israel” event and Justice Dalveer Bhandari’s public lecture on “Judging at the International Court of Justice”. Media coverage of the latter event is also available here.

Welcome back

September 3, 2013
The Nathanson Centre welcomes everyone back, and wishes you a good and thought-provoking 2013-2014 academic year.

2013-2014 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships

August 28, 2013
The Call for Applications for 2013-2014 Nathanson Graduate Fellowships is now online. If you are a York doctoral or master student whose research falls under the mandate of the Centre, do consider applying!

2013-2014 Seminar Series Schedule

September 3, 2013
The schedule for the 2013-2014 edition of the “Legal Philosophy between State and Transnationalism” seminar series is now available.

Ashwini Vasanthakumar – Visiting Fellow

June 4, 2013
The Nathanson Centre welcomes Ashwini Vasanthakumar, who will be a Visiting Fellow during the summer months. Prof. Vasanthakumar is currently an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School in Delhi, as well as JGLS’s Assistant Dean (Research and Global Initiatives) and Executive Director of its Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence. She holds a JD from Yale and a D.Phil in Political Theory from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her work focuses on questions of political ethics, exile politics, as well as public international and immigration law.

OLPP Conference Keynotes

May 29, 2013
Recent keynote addresses by John Gardner (Oxford) on “What is Legal Pluralism?” and Kimberly Ferzan (Rutgers) on “From Defense to Detention: A Theory of Permissible Preventive Force” now available online. These lectures were delivered on May 8 and May 10 at the Nathanson-sponsored 2013 OLPP Graduate Conference.

FTR response – War Ethics Conference

May 2, 2013
NEW ON YOUTUBE: Prof. François Tanguay-Renaud responds to Prof. Adil Haque (Rutgers) on “Killing with Discrimination” at the international War Ethics conference held at the University of California in San Diego earlier this spring.

Toronto Group Conference Ad

April 18, 2013
Once again this year, the Nathanson Centre is proud to be one of the chief sponsors of the Annual Conference of the Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law. The 2013 conference theme is “Social Movements and the Law”, and registration is open until May 9, 2013. For more information, please consult the Toronto Group website.

Youtube videos of Middle East, Duff, Tadros events

April 16, 2013
Youtube video recordings of the Symposium on Law and Revolution in the Middle East, Antony Duff’s ‘Or ‘Emet Lecture (and seminar discussion), and Victor Tadros’s Pierre Genest Memorial Lecture are now available.

Sheptycki article

April 8, 2013
Professor James Sheptycki recently published “Of Crime, Criminology and Marshall McLuhan; towards an inventory of criminological effects”, which is now available online.

Youtube Channel

March 26, 2013
To receive notifications of the most recent video recordings of our events and consult our video archive, register to the Nathanson Centre’s Youtube channel.

Victor Tadros’s visit to the Nathanson Centre

March 18, 2013
The Centre is pleased to welcome Prof. Victor Tadros who will be a Senior Nathanson Visiting Fellow from March 18 to March 31.

2013 Toronto Group Conference

March 18, 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS – This year again, the Nathanson Centre is pleased to support the Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational and Comparative Law, which is accepting 250-word abstracts for its upcoming conference (May 17, 2013, @ the University of Toronto). Please visit for more information (abstracts and proposals will be accepted until March 29, 2013 via

Sri Lanka event video

March 4, 2013
Youtube video recording of the Centre’s high-profile international panel on “Sri Lanka: Challenges – Implementing International Human Rights” now available.

Youtube videos of public forum on Torture in Canada

January 14, 2013
Youtube video recordings of the Centre’s public forum on “Evidence of Torture in Canada: The New Normal of Official Complicity?” are now available on the webpage of the event. A small photo gallery can also be found here.

A radio interview about the Forum, given by our Director, François Tanguay-Renaud, to Isabelle Gobeil of Radio-Canada’s Champ Libre is now also available online. Written transcripts of the forum will soon be made available on this website.

Special Forum on “Evidence of Torture in Canada”

January 10, 2013
The Nathanson Centre would like to thank all those who participated in its public forum on “Evidence of Torture in Canada: The New Normal of Official Complicity?”. A story about it is featured on the the York website.