Co-Directors and Executive Committee

François Tanguay-Renaud, Co-Director

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.

Heidi Matthews, Co-Director

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School,
BA (Mount Allison), BCL/LLB (McGill), SJD (Harvard)

Professor Heidi Matthews researches and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, the law of war, international legal history and political theory. Her work theorizes contemporary shifts in the practice and discourse of the global legal regulation of political violence, with particular attention to history and gender, as well as political, critical and aesthetic theory.

Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Matthews held a British Academy Newton International Fellowship at the SOAS School of Law, University of London. She served as a law clerk to the judges of the Appeals Chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and as an intern at the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Her doctoral dissertation, “From Aggression to Atrocity: Interrogating the Jus in Bello Turn in International Criminal Law” was awarded Harvard Law School’s Laylin Prize. Professor Matthews has been a Fellow of the Institute for Global Law and Policy and a Clark Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School, as well as a Fellow at the Film Study Center, the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Professor Matthews’ current projects include a critical legal evaluation of American, Canadian and British counterinsurgency policy and practice, a reevaluation of the role of international criminal law during the Cold War, and an intellectual and political history of the concept of military necessity in international law. She is also working on a research and documentary film project that examines narratives of Allied sexual violence perpetrated against German women at the end of World War II. Professor Matthews is active in several international research networks, including the Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law and Cold War International Law projects.

Research interests: International Criminal Law; Law of War/International Humanitarian Law; Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; Feminist, Legal and Political Theory; Law and the Arts.

Craig Scott

Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
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.