Editorial Board


The Board serves the Dissent, Democracy & the Law Research Network by curating and overseeing research, coordinating peer review and publishing case studies for the Documentation Project and for other reports and publications. The Editorial Board is also committed to disseminating this research to international and domestic venues, including policy-making arenas, legal fora, academic journals, conferences, and other forms of print and electronic media.

Individual case studies are curated and edited by the Board but do not necessaility represent the individual views of members of the Editorial Board. 

Margrit Eichler, Editor

Margrit Eichler is Professor Emerita of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. After a long academic career focused on feminist sociology with a perspective on environmental sustainability, which brought a number of honours (among others election to the Royal Society of Canada and the European Academy of Sciences and an honorary doctorate) she is now concentrating on working as an activist. She is President of Scientists for the Right to Know, Vice President of the Academy for Lifelong Learning in Toronto, Secretary of Science for Peace and Secretary of her local residents' association. She is deeply concerned about the erosion of democracy in Canada, the war on science, and the imminent danger of run-away climate change.

Pearl Eliadis, Managing Editor

Pearl Eliadis is a human rights lawyer with an international human rights practice, based in Montreal. A graduate of McGill and Oxford, she focuses on national institutions, gender equality, and democratic governance and has in-country working experience in China, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Tajikistan, and Timor Leste, mainly in law reform, national institutions, capacity-building; civil and political rights compliance, and gender equality. member of the Quebec and Ontario Bars, Pearl has been President of the Quebec Bar Association's Human Rights Committee since 2013. She is a Lecturer at McGill's Faculty of Law and is affiliated with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Her most recent monograph, Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada's Human Rights System (Montreal and Kingston: MQUP, 2014), won the 2015 Huguenot Society of Canada Award for freedom of conscience and expression. Pearl has been extensively engaged in civil society and human rights institutions, including the Canadian Centre for International Justice, Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She has received several awards for her work and community engagement, including the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Joyce Green, Editor

Joyce Green is a professor of political science at the University of Regina. Green’s work focuses on the politics of decolonization in Canada; on identity, human rights and citizenship; and on the way in which sexism, racism and race privilege is encoded in Canadian political culture.  Her recent publications include Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights (Fernwood, 2014) and Making Space for Indigenous feminism (Fernwood and Zed books, 2008). She is is of English, Ktunaxa and Cree-Scots Métis descent. 

Yavar Hameed, Editor

Yavar Hameed practices as a lawyer in the area of administrative law and general civil litigation in Ontario with a focus on the defense of human rights against state and corporate action. Since 2001, Yavar has been actively involved in advising clients in the context of unsolicited CSIS interviews and national security matters. He regularly provides advice to individuals and community-based organizations responding to racial profiling concerns, anti-poverty struggles, police brutality and suppression of political dissent. He successfully repatriated Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian citizen who was arbitrarily detained in Sudan and blocked by Canadian officials from returning to Canada for six years. He currently acts as counsel for immigration security certificate detainee Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub.  He also teaches a course in Carleton University's Department of Laws entitled "State, Security and Dissent" which explores the limits imposed upon civil resistance by the state's construction of security in times of peace and war. Along with Jeffrey Monaghan, he is a contributor to the 2012 UBC Press publication, Brokering Access: Power, Politics and Freedom of Information Process in Canada.

Gregory Kealey, Editor

Dr. Kealey is Professsor of History, former Provost and Vice-President Research, University of New Brunswick. He has lived in Atlantic Canada for more than half his life. He holds a BA in modern history from the University of Toronto (1970) and master's (1971) and doctoral (1977) degrees from the University of Rochester. His areas of specialization are Canadian social, labour, and intelligence and security history. His contributions to scholarship include serving as editor of Labour/Le Travail for 21 years (1976-97) and as general editor of the Canadian Social History Series since 1980 with over 40 volumes published to date. He also serves as co-editor of The Working Canadians series with Athabasca University Press. He has authored five books, edited over 30 others, written 21 book chapters, published over 30 articles in refereed journals with over 20 articles anthologized, and delivered over 200 papers and commentaries. He is became a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1983 and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. His most recent book, Secret Service (with Reg Whitaker and Andy Parnaby), won the Canada Prize for best book in the social sciences and an honorable mention for the Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association and the Governor General’s Prize for Canadian History. Earlier books include the Macdonald Prize winning, Toronto Workers Respond to Industrial Capitalism, and the Corey Prize winning, Dreaming of What Might be: The Knights of Labor in Ontario, 1880-1902 (with Bryan Palmer).

Among the Board positions he has held are President of the Canadian Historical Association and of the Social Sciences Federation of Canada and acting co-president of the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada. He served as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council from 2005-2010. He was also a member of the National Research Council's Institute of Information Technology Advisory Board. A member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada (2012), he currently serves on the CCA’s Advisory Science Council.

Ken Norman, Editor

Ken Norman is Emeritus Professor of Law at the  University of Saskatchewan, sometime first Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and principal draftsperson of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 1979. He is a member of the editorial board ofThe Human Rights Digest and of the board of directors of The Canadian Human Rights Reporter  of the The Poverty Law Centre. His recent rublications include: , “Grounding the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Conversation”, Chapter 1 in K. Busby, A. Muller & A. Woolford eds, The idea of a human rights museum (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2014, forthcoming); Pearl Eliadis & Ken Norman, “Human Rights”, The Canadian Encyclopedia, June 25, 2014 http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/human-rights/; “Words Matter: A Comment on the Whatcott Judgment, 2014, 77 Sask. L. Rev. 105; “Saskatchewan’s one bright shining moment: At least it seemed so at the time”, Chapter 3, Shelagh Day, Lucie Lamarche & Ken Norman, eds, 14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions,  (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014); “A Forecast for Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals: Overcast, with a Chance of Furies”, Pitblado Lecture, Winnipeg, November 22, 2013;  “Free Speech: 'The Right to Be Stupid' v. 'Words Matter'”, JURIST - Forum, Mar. 19, 2013, http://jurist.org/forum/2013/03/ken-norman-hate-speech.php; “Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: Snakes and Ladders”, Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), Canadian Issues, "The Constitution. The Charter: Federalism and Identities”, Spring 2013, 55; Mary Eberts, Alex Neve & Ken Norman, “The Wrong Moves For Saskatchewan Human Rights”, The Human Rights Digest, June, 2012;

Veronica Strong-Boag, Editor

Veronica (Nikki) Strong-Boag is a feminist historian focusing on women, children, and social justice in Canada. Professor Emerita with UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, she is a former president of the Canadian Historical Association and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. Her many publications and contributions to scholarly and community life in Canada have been recognized by the John A. Macdonald Prize, the Raymond Klibansky Prize, the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences, the Senior Killam and Leger Research Fellowships, and both the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals. In 2012, the Royal Society of Canada awarded her the Tyrrell Medal for outstanding contributions to Canadian history. She is also the director of the pro-democracy website, womensuffrage.org <http://womensuffrage.org> and the General Editor of the seven-volume series, Canadian Women, Suffrage and Human Rights, forthcoming with UBC Press.

Nancy Thede, Editor

Nancy Thede is an anthropologist and her research has centered on issues related to North-South relations, development, social movements in Africa and Latin America, the link between human rights and democratization, and questions of ethnic identity. She is a professor of international relations in the department of political sciences at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and, since 2008, she holds the “Chaire de recherche Nycole Turmel sur les espaces publics et les innovations politiques”, a Chair established by a financial contribution from the Public Service Alliance of Canada to honour its national president on her retirement. Prior to entering academia, she worked for many years as a researcher for various Canadian and international NGOs, and was for ten years (1993-2003) coordinator of the democratic development program at Rights & Democracy. Her most recent publication is an article in the Third World Quarterly entitled “Policy Coherence for Development and Securitization: competing paradigms or stabilizing North-South hierarchies?”


The Network also benefits from the input of scholars and writers who form part of the editorial collective of Dissent, Democracy and the Law.

Pippa Feinstein, Contributing Editor
Pippa Feinstein is a Toronto-based lawyer dedicated to promoting social and environmental justice and helping to build more compassionate communities. She earned a BA (Hons) from McGill University and a JD from the University of Alberta. In 2013, Pippa articled with an environmental charity as a Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellow. She has since started her own law practice where she continues to collaborate with and represent grassroots and not-for-profit organizations. Pippa has authored several public reports and legal education guides concerning various aspects of environmental law, constitutional law, and immigration and refugee law.
Charis Kamphuis, Contibuting Editor
In 2013, Charis Kamphuis convened the Research Network on Dissent, Democracy & the Law, hosted by the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.  She is a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall and holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LLM from Osgoode Hall.  Charis was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009 after clerking at the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada.  Charis has published articles in the German Law Journal, the Journal of Human Rights & the Environment, the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review, and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, as well as Spanish translations in peer review journals based in Mexico, Peru and Chile.  Charis is the coordinator and a co-founder of the Justice and Corporate Responsibility Project (JCAP), a not-for-profit that provides legal support to communities in Latin America adversely affected by resource extraction.  JCAP is part of the experiential education community engagement program at Osgoode Hall. 
Nisha K. Nath, Contributing Editor
Nisha Nath is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta, specializing in Canadian Politics and Gender & Politics.  Her research interests include the politics of ‘race’ and processes of racialization, feminist theories of intersectionality and citizenship.  Her current research explores the links between racialization, security and dissent in order to understand changing citizenship discourses and practices in Canada before and after 9/11. Her most recent article, “Defining Narratives of Identity in Canadian Political Science: Accounting for the Absence of Race” was published in the March 2011 issue of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.  Since 2008, Nisha has also been actively working on anti-racism and human rights issues through her involvement with a working group of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group. 
Megan Pearce, Contributing Editor
Megan Pearce is an Australian lawyer specialising in human rights and criminal law. Megan has a BA/LLB from the University of Queensland, and in 2014 completed an LLM at the University of Toronto where her research interests included feminist and critical approaches to human rights law. Her thesis, ‘Gendering the Compliance Agenda: Feminism, Human Rights and Violence Against Women’ was published in June 2015.
Megan has dedicated her professional life to public interest law and law reform. She is currently employed at the Victorian Law Reform Commission in Melbourne, Australia, where she is working on a project aimed at improving the experiences of victims in the criminal trial process. She also worked as a public defence lawyer and on a large commission of inquiry, and has volunteered in the community legal sector in Australia and Canada. Megan has authored a number of public reports and articles focusing on human rights, violence against women and democracy in Canada.  
Estair Van Wagner, Contributing Editor
Estair Van Wagner is a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She has a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of the Joint Master in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Laws program at York University. Her doctoral research examines third party participation in land use planning conflicts. Prior to returning to school, Estair was an associate at a boutique labour law firm in Toronto with a busy human rights, employment and union-side labour law practice. She has also worked as a researcher and advisor for municipal and federal representatives and for a First Nations government. Estair completed her articles as Judicial Law Clerk for the Ontario Superior Court and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009. She has served as a volunteer board member, committee member, and researcher for several non-profit and advocacy groups in Canada. Estair lives in Toronto with her young son and her partner.