Director and Executive Committee

Barnali Choudhury, Director

Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Hons.B.Comm (McMaster), LL.B. (Queen’s), LL.M. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Zurich), of the Bar of Ontario

Barnali Choudhury is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. Prior to joining Osgoode, she was a Professor at University College London and academic director of UCL’s Global Governance Institute.

She is an internationally recognized expert on business and international economic issues, particularly as they relate to issues of human rights. She has published numerous books, including Corporate Duties to the Public (Cambridge University Press, 2019); Understanding the Company: Corporate Governance and Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2017); and Public Services and International Trade Liberalization: Human Rights and Gender Implications (Cambridge University Press, 2012), as well as a forthcoming commentary on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Her work has appeared in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Berkeley Business Law Journal, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, as well as in numerous other journals and in book chapters. It has also been featured in the Oxford Business Law Blog, the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog and the American Society of International Law Insight, among others. She has written op-eds for the Globe and Mail, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and iPolitics and her work has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek. She has held numerous research grants including a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, one of the UK’s most prestigious research bodies.

Research Interests:  Corporate Law, Business & Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Investment Law, Corporate Governance, International Trade Law, International Arbitration

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): I am interested in supervising topics related to corporate law and international economic law, particularly if the proposal has a human rights, environmental, or other social focus


Palma Paciocco

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
BA (McGill), BCL/LLB (McGill), SJD (Harvard), of the Bars of Ontario and New York

Professor Palma Paciocco’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminal law and theory, criminal procedure, evidence, sentencing, and professional ethics. She holds an SJD from Harvard Law School, where she studied as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she completed the Harvard Law School LLM program as a Thomas Shearer Stewart Travelling Fellow and a Landon H. Gammon Fellow (degree waived). She also holds BCL and LLB degrees from the McGill Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the gold medal, and a BA in philosophy and history from the McGill Faculty of Arts.

Research Interests: Criminal Law and Theory, Criminal Procedure, the Law of Evidence, Sentencing, Professional Ethics, Law and the Humanities.

Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
BA LLB (National University of Juridical Sciences in India), LLMs (Harvard & American University), SJD (Harvard)

Professor Saptarishi Bandopadhyay’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of intellectual property (particularly, copyright), disaster management, environmental law and politics, as well as issues related to risk, technology and society. He has published in these areas in encyclopedias, edited volumes as well as legal and interdisciplinary journals such as, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, Global Jurist, the Indian Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Rights. He has also developed a series of cases studies for Harvard Law School’s Case Studies Program. Professor Bandopadhyay’s work often integrates historical, socio- scientific and humanities research into legal analyses. He is currently at work on two projects: the first studies the status of photography in copyright law, while the second attempts to retell the history of international refugee protection through the lens of environmental history and science and technology studies.

Research Interests: Intellectual Property Law; Disaster Governance; Humanitarian Law; International Environmental Law and Politics; Legal and Environmental History; Science and Technology Studies; International Law; Art and Law; and Law and the Humanities.