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Lesli Bisgould

Department of law
University of Toronto


Lesli Bisgould, BA (York University) 1987, LLB (Osgoode - York University) 1990 is an adjunct professor. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1992. She worked for several years at a Toronto litigation firm, then left to start her own practice in animal rights law. For ten years, she acted for individuals and organizations in a variety of animal-related cases in the first practice of its kind in Canada. She now works in the poverty and human rights fields as well, and is currently the Barrister at Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Resource Office where she assists caseworkers at Ontario’s community legal clinics with their complex appeals. She has argued at every level of court and has deputed before government bodies and committees at every level of government. Bisgould is the author of Introduction to Animals and the Law (2011), the first Canadian law text on the subject, and a contributor to Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (2015), both published by Irwin Law.

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Canadian Constitutional Law Charter of Rights Comparative Constitutional Law Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Law and Religion

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