Four visiting scholars join Osgoode for fall term


Osgoode Hall Law School at York University welcomes four visiting scholars for the fall 2017 term.

Ali Acar, Jean Dryden, Lenard Sandor and Mustafa Farooq
Above: Top row from left, Ali Acar and Jean Dryden; bottom row from left, Lenard Sandor and Mustafa Farooq

Ali Acar, who holds a PhD from the European University Institute, explored the issues surrounding judicial review of constitutional amendments in his PhD thesis. His current research interests are constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, legal theory, international human rights and empirical studies of law.

Jean Dryden (LLM ’15) is an information professional with more than 25 years experience as a staff archivist and archival administrator. She is interested in the impact of copyright on archival practice. She represents the International Council on Archives (ICA) at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Copyright Committee in Geneva, and is a member of the ICA’s Expert Group on Legal Matters. Her current research brings the perspective of cultural heritage institutions to the study of copyright, with particular focus on the operation of copyright law in relation to the archival holdings of archives, libraries and museums.

Lénárd Sándor is a chief counsel at the Constitutional Court of Hungary and also a lecturer of international law and researcher at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. His main area of interest is international investment law and its impacts on countries in Central Europe. He obtained his law degree in 2006 at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and his MBA in 2011 at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. He is now preparing his PhD in international investment law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

Mustafa Farooq has a JD degree from the University of Alberta and an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he completed a thesis on criminal sentencing principles in Islamic law. He was called to the bar in 2016, and upon completion of the visiting scholar program, will clerk for Justice Glennys McVeigh at the Federal Court of Canada. Farooq’s research project while at Osgoode will be to look at the policy and legal regime of countering violent extremism (CVE) from a critical race theory perspective.