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Western Law welcomes new faculity

Western Law is pleased to announce the appointments of five new tenure track faculty members. Roxana Banu, Joanna Langille, Ryan Liss, Alfonso Nocilla and David Sandomierski have been appointed as Assistant Professors.

“I’m thrilled these outstanding new scholars will be joining Western Law,” said Dean Erika Chamberlain. “This is an important period of faculty renewal of us, and these new appointees will have both an immediate and a long-term impact on our scholarly reputation.”

Roxana Banu

Roxana Banu completed her doctorate in law (SJD) at the University of Toronto. She was a visiting research fellow at Fordham Law School and a visiting doctoral researcher at NYU Law School. Her research interests are in the areas of private international law, private law theory and public international law. In 2016, Banu, who is a member of the New York Bar, was awarded the American Society of International Law Private International Law Prize for her paper, “A Relational Feminist Approach to Conflict of Laws.” Her book, Nineteenth Century Relational Internationalist Perspectives in Private International Law, is forthcoming in 2018 from Oxford University Press.

Alfonso Nocilla

Alfonso Nocilla, LLM’10 is returning to Western Law, having previously taught Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law in the Fall Term. He was also a Visiting Professor and Catalyst Capital Fellow in Insolvency Law during the 2017 January Term, teaching comparative and international corporate insolvency. Prior to that, he practiced commercial law at Hoffer Adler LLP in Toronto. Nocilla received his JD from Queen’s University in 2010 and his LLM from Western Law in 2011. He’s currently completing his PhD at University College London in the UK. His research, which is supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, compares the quantitative outcomes of formal corporate insolvency processes in the UK, US and Canada.

Joanna Langille

Joanna Langille is completing her doctorate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she studies as a Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Bombardier Scholar. She has taught at NYU Law as a Furman Fellow, and held visiting researcher positions at Yale Law School, the University of Groningen’s Philosophy Department, and the University of Toronto’s Munk School for Global Affairs. Langille received her JD at NYU Law and her Master’s in International Relations from Balliol College, Oxford (as a Commonwealth Scholar). She has held positions at the World Trade Organization, the International Centre for Trade and Development, and Oxford’s Global Economic Governance Programme; and clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Her work has been published in the Yale Journal of International Law and the NYU Law Review.

Ryan Liss

Ryan Liss completed his Doctorate at Yale Law School in 2018 where he studied as a Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. He holds a JD and Hons. BA from the University of Toronto, and an LLM from Yale Law School. He has held positions as an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, and as a visiting fellow at Yale Law School, the University of Toronto, and NYU School of Law. Liss works in public international law and criminal law, examining the ways in which human rights both construct and constrain state power. His research has appeared in the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics, the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, and the Cornell International Law Journal. He served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has held positions with the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

David Sandomierski

David Sandomierski received his SJD at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 2017 where he was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. His research focused on maximizing the potential of legal education to contribute to society. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and Bachelors of Civil and Common Law from McGill University and served as law clerk to the Chief Justice, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin. He has been published in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, The Alberta Law Review, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection, Beyond Harvard: Transplanting Legal Education. His book manuscript, Teaching Contracts for the Lawyer As Citizen, is soon to be under review at a major Canadian university press.

This article appeared in the Western Law 2018 Alumni Magazine.
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