Western Law welcomes new faculty

April 05, 2018

Western Law is pleased to announce the appointments of Joanna Langille, Ryan Liss, and David Sandomierski as Assistant Professors at the Faculty of Law beginning July 1, 2018.

“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.”

Joanna LangilleJoanna Langille (left) is currently a Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law and 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. During her doctorate, she 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.

Before starting her doctorate, Langille received her JD at NYU Law (as a Furman Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar); her Masters in International Relations from Balliol College, Oxford (as a Commonwealth Scholar); and her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Langille’s research explores international trade law and private international law from a legal theory perspective. 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 (right) is a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, where he studies as a Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. He holds a J.D. and Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. 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, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (with whom he attended the Kampala Review Conference), and the Canadian Centre for International Justice.
David SanomierskiDavid Sandomierski (left) received his SJD at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 2017, where 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, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal. He served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin (2008-09).

Sandomierski, a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Law School, designed and co-taught the Legal Inquiry course at McMaster University’s Arts & Science Program, his published account of which received the 2017 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

He’s 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.