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Visiting Professor and Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar, University of Windsor

Sukanya Pillay is an international and Canadian constitutional lawyer with twenty years of experience in the field. Most recently, she held senior positions at a national nonprofit civil liberties organization in Canada as Executive Director, General Counsel, and National Security Director. Pillay was one of two in-house Counsel for a multinational telecommunications company in Asia, a law Professor in Canada, and an original director of WITNESS with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First) in New York. She is a member of the Ontario Bar, has an LL.M. In international legal studies from NYU Law, and a Canadian LL.B and B.A.

Pillay has participated in numerous television and radio news broadcasts, has written for leading Canadian media outlets and recently completed a Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto as the inaugural Maytree Scholarand is the recipient of numerous awards.

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  • –present
    Visiting Professor and Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar, University of Windsor


  • 1994 
    New York University (NYU) School of Law/ U of T Global Journalism certificate 2017, LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Legal Studies


Ontario Bar Association Award for Promoting Women’s Equality; South Asian Bar Association President’s Award; Outstanding Faculty Member Award from Law Students Society; Homes-Cardozo Award for Outstanding Conference Oaper American Academy of Legal Studies in Business; Mrudunga Institute for the Arts Award for Service; films broadcast on BBC world, and film festivals including Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Seattle Film Festival