Our Mandate

The Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN) is a research, advocacy and networking consortium housed at Windsor Law.  Using law as our main tool, we research, teach and work with communities in pursuit of social justice.   

Our work is transnational in several respects. First, we are concerned with the ways in which Canadian laws regulate the lives of those who cross national borders. Migrant workers and immigration law are of particular interest to us.  

Second, we explore how borders shape the pursuit of social justice by enabling some legal outcomes and inhibiting others. Transnational environmental advocacy offers a good example.

Third, we engage in participatory action research outside Canada. Our work has taken us to diverse areas such as Sri Lanka, Detroit, Brazil and Palestine.   

Fourth, we are interested in social justice issues that cross borders and unite people regardless of the jurisdictions in which they live.  We ask questions like how does law facilitate or inhibit solidarities across borders? And, how can we learn from experiences beyond our own borders? Examples include projects focused on transnational judicial education as well as Anti-Black Racism. 

Fifth, we are interested in international and regional laws and institutions, especially from TWAIL (third world approaches to international law) perspectives.  

Finally, we explore key concepts in transnational legal practice. Examples include transitional justice and human dignity.  

Our goal is to advance social justice through law though we are aware that law has been used to discipline and oppress people. Our inspirations are drawn from legal theories that recognize law’s contradictions. Critical race theory, critical race feminism, critical pedagogy, TWAIL, post-colonial theory and interdisciplinarity are particularly important to us. We aim to be responsive to the world around us and to engage in both theorizing about law and selectively harnessing law to achieve just outcomes.  

Each year, we organize The Boundaries, Borders and Intersections speakers’ series to highlight pressing but under-explored developments in law and legal practice. In addition, we organize an annual conference that identifies and contributes answers to unresolved transnational law and social justice issues. TLJN also creates and curates public education resources around pressing social justice issues. In 2020, we began the Anti-Black Racism project to highlight resources relevant and useful to the struggle for equality and liberation, with a special emphasis on North America. Our members occasionally become involved in key, high impact litigation and we participate in the creation of public education materials and opportunities. 

TLJN recognizes that the University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. We call for truth and reconciliation with all Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.  


People

TLJN is comprised of Windsor Law faculty, students and staff.  The TLJN Director is appointed for two years to guide our activities.  The TLJN Board sets strategic directions.  

Windsor Law faculty affiliates collaborate on projects and offer suggestions on global issues in the spirit of solidarity.  

TLJN student fellows are actively involved in all aspects of TLJN’s work from website development to litigation, the creation of public education tools and working directly with community based organizations.  

We are grateful for the support provided by Windsor Law staff.

Through our activities, we have established a growing global network of scholars who share our approach to teaching, pedagogy and research.  



Board Members

Reem Bahdi – Director, Associate Professor


Sujith Xavier – Associate Professor

*on sabbatical


Patricia Galvão Ferreira – Assistant Professor


Shanthi Senthe – Assistant Professor


Vasanthi Venkatesh – Assistant Professor


Sara Wharton – Assistant Professor


Valarie Waboose – Assistant Professor



Windsor Law Faculty Affiliates

TLJN is home to a number of local, national and international experts whose scholarship translates theory into practice in their respective communities and primarily focuses on the intersection of local/global. A highlight of Windsor Law’s faculty research can be found here.



Student Fellows
Jesse Toma
Advocacy Fellow
J’Davia Noel
Outreach Fellow
Diahanna Ramadhar
Democracia Global Fellow

Click here to see our past student fellows.



Global Network

TLJN is grateful to the following people for their participation in our activities:


A-B

Sandy Abadir
Maha AbdelAzim
Mohamed Abdelsalam
Georges Abi-Saab
Noha Aboueldahab
Hesham Abozeid
Paola Acosta-Alvarado
Fatima Ahmed
Hassan Ahmad
Nadia Ahmad
Richard Albert
Raquel Aldana
Jerusa Ali
Jean Allain
Amaya Alvez
Masa Amir
Paolo Amorosa
Natalia Angel-Cabo
Tony Anghie
Bridget Anderson
Maria Aristodemou
Courtney Arseneau
Donna Ashamock
Ibrahim Awad
Maysa Ayoub
Valentina Azarova

Rémi Bachand
Nesrine Badawi
Cecilia Bailliet
Clayton Bangsund
Maria Bargh
Ignacio Forcada Barona
Jose Manuel Barrreto
Jason Beckett
Marwa Beitalmal
Clarisa Bencomo
Stephanie Ben-Ishai
Amaya Betancur-Restrepo
Khaled A. Beydoun
Faisal Bhabha
Amar Bhatia
Lisa Bhungalia
Annie Bird
Muin Boase
John Borrows
Lindsay Borrows
Andrée Boisselle
Tamara Buckworld
Sarah Buhler
Michelle Burgis-Kasthala
Srinivas Burra

C-D

Fathima Cader
Marsha Cadogan
Antonio Calcagno
Shannon Callahan
Fabia Fernandes Carbalho-Vecoso
Sue Chiblow
Cyra Akila Choudhury
Aziz Choudry
Aimée Craft
Matthew Craven
Ronald Cuming
John Cutfeet

Vargha Dana
Emad Daoud
Julia Dehm
James Devine
Luwam Dirar
Karen Drake
Enakshi Dua

E-F

Angelique EagleWoman
Ahmed Ebada
Mary Eberts
Jihan El Alaily
Sally Elfishawy
Habiba El-Kharbotly
Ahmed Hishan El-Sheikh
Joanna Erdman
Luis Eslava

Michael Fakhri
Jordan Falk
Yusuf Faqiri 
Cynthia Farid
Anthony Fenton
Alexandra Flynn
Mirielle Fournier
Claiton Fyock

G-H

Mohammed Galal
George Galindo
Manimuthu Gandhi
Kristi Leora Gansworth
Benjamin Geva
Christopher Gevers
Ahmed Gamal Abdel Ghany
Nimmi Gowrinathan
Yugank Goyal
Gustavo Gozzi
Priya Gupta

Adham Hamdy
Mohammad Hamdy
Ali Hammoudi
Vanja Hamzić
Jackie Hansen
Mark Harris
Sara Hassan
Walid Hejazi
Gail Henderson
Jacqueline P. Hand
Sam Holder
Syeda Re’em Hussein

I-J

Farida Ibrahim
Fatma Ibrahim
Maureen Irish

K’èdukà Jack
Barbara Jackman
Maja Janmyr
Yvonne Johnson
Satvinder Juss

K-L

Atif Kabursi
Ioannis Kalpouzos
Sylvia Kang’ara
Azeezah Kanji
Vik Kanwar
Mudar Kassis
Despina Katsaros
Adil Khan
Mohamed Khimji
Kishan Khoday
Asad Kiyani
Robert Knox
Freya Kodar
Tor Krever
Vidya Kumar

Darryl Li 
Darcy Lindberg
Georgia Lloyd-Smith
Anna Lund

M-N

Anne-Charlotte Martineau
Peggy Mason
Mazen Masri 
Emily Matheisen
Nombuso Mathibela
Heidi Matthews
Tyler McCreary
Deborah McGregor
Zina Miller
Terry Mitchell
Mariam Miranda
Noha Morsi
Muhammad Ahmed Mousa
Jasmine Moussa

Russell Nahdee
Tom Najem
Shannu Narayan
Youssef Nassar
Usha Natarajan 
Hadayt Nazami
Vasuki Nesiah
Nicole Nussbaum

O-P

Liliana Obregón
Lama Abu Odeh
Olanike Odewale
Obiora Chinedu Okafor
Zoran Oklopcic
Assis da Costa Oliveira
Veronica Overlid
Jose Aylwin Oyarzun

Sundhya Pahuja
Genevieve Painter
Rose Parfitt
Gianluca Parolin
John Pottow
Enrique Prieto-Rios

Q-R

Joanna R. Quinn

John Reynolds
Thays Ricarte
Daniel Rivas-Ramirez
Emily Rosser

S-T

Hussein Salama
Youssef Sallam
Salwa Salman
Abouelfetouh Sammak
Nahed Samour
German Sandoval
Hani Sayed
Christine Schwobel-Patel
Dayna Nadine Scott
Kalana Senaratne
Rayanna Seymour-Hourie
Sayed Shaarawy
Ayesha Shahid
Amr Shalakany
Nizammudin Ahmed Siddiqui
Ximena Sierra
Prabhakar Singh
Thomas Skouteris
Joseph Slaughter
Nevine Soliman
Isabel Solis
Adrian Smith
Gavin Smith
Paul Simard Smith 
Shawna Smith
Rahma Gamil A. Soliman
Ahila Sornarajah
Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah
Estella Labardi de Souza
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
Allyson Stevenson
Ramaswamy Sudarshan

Mai Taha
Heather Teague
Jennifer Terrell
Darren Thomas
Robinson Torres Virginia Torrie
Germán Sandoval Trigo
Patricia Tuitt
Joey Twins

U-V

Basil Ugochukwu
Miguel Angel Urbina

Diana Van Bogaert
Estair Van Wagner
Fabia Vecoso
Sharon Venne
Moisés Moreira Vieira
Sharath Voleti

W-X

Barrington Walker
Mary Wiebusch
Ralph Wilde
Jeremy Wildeman
Kristin Wu

Y-Z

Chen Yifeng

Emily Zell
Wilfried Zoungrana
Peer Zumbansen



Windsor Law Staff

Susan Arnold – Special Events Coordinator

Rachelle Prince – Communications Coordinator