About Sukanya Pillay

Sukanya Pillay is a lawyer, law professor, pubic speaker, and writer. She has also made documentary films and is a photographer, and the recipient of numerous awards.

Sukanya is currently the Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar 2017-2018 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in Windsor, Ontario.
Previously Sukanya was appointed General Counsel and Executive Director (2013-2017) and National Security Director(2009-2017) of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in Toronto.

She has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, before numerous United Nations bodies, before Parliament and Senate, and before numerous foreign decision-making bodies. She assisted in the publication of several books during this tenure, as a co-author, and as an editor and reviewer.

She has worked in New York, Mumbai, London (U.K.), in international business law and international human rights law. She has an LL.M. in international legal studies from New York University School of Law, where she was a graduate editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

Sukanya has conducted human rights missions in 30 conflict zones in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East ,where she collected evidence of human rights violations and worked with local partners to advocate for justice, and when working at WITNESS at the Lawyers Committee For Human Rights in New York, she spearheaded the use video reports documenting human rights abuses that garnered international attention. She has produced and directed documentary films on human rights issues that have been broadcast on international television including BBC World and CNN International, and have appeared in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Sukanya in 2017 completed the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, and her op-eds have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and other outlets. She has made regular appearances on national and international broadcast media (including radio and television), has published articles in peer-reviewed legal journals in Canada and the U.S., and her writing, films, and advocacy have won numerous awards. Her photography show “…every human being”, consisting of photographs from all five hemispheres has shown in Canada and the United States.