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Yasmin Dawood

Law's class of 2020 honours Professor Yasmin Dawood with Mewett Teaching Award

July 2, 2020

The Faculty of Law’s class of 2020 has selected Professor Yasmin Dawood to receive the Mewett Teaching Award, presented to a faculty member for excellence in teaching.

The graduating class recognized Dawood for the kindness and dedication she has shown students both inside and outside the classroom. “Professor Dawood has a special ability to encourage students to explore issues from different perspectives, cultivating both academic curiosity and empathy for others,” said Sukhmani Virdi, the Student Law Society's outgoing chief returning officer.

An associate professor in the Faculty of Law, Dawood is the Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism and Electoral Law. She is cross-appointed to the department of political science. She specializes in election law, comparative constitutional law and democratic theory. Her scholarship is broadly concerned with improving electoral fairness and democratic governance.

“Thank you so much to everyone in the Class of 2020 for this tremendous honour,” said Dawood. “It is a joy and an absolute privilege to teach and mentor the extraordinary students at the Faculty of Law. They are insightful, smart, compassionate, and supremely talented.

“The world will benefit immensely from their remarkable leadership and legal skills.”