Shanthi Senthe

Assistant Professor

BA (York), JD (Florida), LLM (Osgoode), PhD Candidate (Osgoode)

Shanthi Elizabeth Senthe’s research interests include Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate/ Commercial law.

Shanthi teaches in the areas of corporate commercial law. She is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. Her doctoral research examines banking and finance regulation and governance within the financial inclusion context. She was also recently a Visiting Scholar at Duke University School of Law in 2013. As a PhD candidate, Shanthi has received multiple research awards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship and has taught as a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Shanthi was a practicing lawyer in the United States and Canada. Her experiences included a merit-based judicial externship at the Florida Supreme Court, and a judicial clerkship at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Further, her professional experience consisted of banking and corporate-commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in Ontario, Florida, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.

Shanthi teaches Business Associations, Remedies and Secured transactions in the upper year curriculum

  1. “Transformative Technology: Delivering Hope Electronically?” (2012) 13 Pitt. J. Tech. L. & Pol’y 1
  2. “Legal Opinions in International Financial Transactions” in Alison Manzer, ed, Law in International Finance (Toronto: Carswell, 2009)
  3. “Re-Igniting Critical Race: A Symposium on Contemporary Accounts of Racialization in Canada‏” co-editor with Sujith Xavier (2015) Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (Approximately 125 pages) (Forthcoming).
Conference Presentations
  1. October 2015 - “Deconstructing “Equity” Within Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka” at the South Asia Legal Studies Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School
  2. October 2015 - “Revival and Expansion of Equitable Principles in Financial Inclusion” Evolving Contours of Law and Development in South Asia at the the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  3. June 2015 - Corporate Power and Militarization (Panel Organizer and Moderator for the Corporation in Global Society stream and research group at IGLP, Harvard Law School.
  4. November 2014 - “Negotiating Legal Spaces in Post-War Reconstruction” at Stanford University, Center for South Asia, Palo Alto, USA.
  5. October 2014 - “The A9 Highway: An Examination of Sri Lanka’s Pathway to Economic Development” Building Infrastructure in the Making of Modern South Asia at the 43rd Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  6. May 2014 - “Financial Inclusion Strategies within a Post-War Narrative” at the Law and Society Association Conference in Minneapolis, USA.
  7. June 2013 - “Decoding the Commercialization of Microfinance in South Asia” at the Atlas-Agora, held at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore.
  8. June 2013 - “Contestations within the Regulatory Sphere: Microfinance Deposit Insurance Schemes” at the IGLP Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA.
  9. May 2013 - “Microfinance Deposit Insurance Schemes: Challenging the Regulatory Sphere?” at the Law and Society Association Conference in Boston, USA.
  10. November 2012 - Introduction and Round Table Panelist at “Re-igniting Critical Race Symposium, featuring Professor Patricia Williams”, Toronto, Canada.
  11. June 2012 - “The Regulatory Spectrum of Financial Literacy within the Microfinance Context” at the Law and Society Association in Honolulu, Hawaii
  12. May 2012 - “Academics Identity of the Legal Scholar” at the GLSA conference, Toronto.
  13. May 2012 - “Constructing the Identity of the Legal Scholar within the Microfinance Context” at the Canadian Law and Society Association, at Waterloo, Ontario.
  14. April 2012 - “Methodologies within Microfinance: A Legal Quandary” at Cornell Law School Graduate Conference, Ithaca, NY
  15. January 2012 - “Microfinance: Changing Gender Dynamics” at the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.
  16. May 2011 - “Definitional and Jurisdictional Challenges within the M-Banking Regulatory Context” at the GLSA conference, Toronto
Conference Organization
  1. November 2012 - Co-convener for Osgoode Hall Law School’s first Critical Race Conference (Keynote: Professor Patricia Williams) with over 100 attendees
  2. 2010-2011 - Executive Member and Conference Organizer, Graduate Law Students Association, Osgoode Hall Law School
  1. 2015 - Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Harvard Law School Travel Award (June 2015)
  2. 2015 - Junior Faculty- Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School Workshop Participant in Doha, Qatar (January 2-12, 2015)
  3. 2015 - Thompson Rivers University: Internal Research Fund, “Decoding the Legal Architecture of Financial Inclusion Methods in Post-Conflict Jurisdictions”
  4. 2014 - Santander & IGLP Doha Research Grant: “The Reconfiguration of Migration through Islamic Finance” (April 2014)
  5. 2014 - Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School Workshop Participant in Doha, Qatar (January 3-12, 2014)
  6. 2013 - Dissertation Development Seminar Fellowship awarded by the Center for South Asia at Stanford University (December 6-9, 2013).
  7. 2013 - Mary Jane Mossman Scholarship ($15,000) awarded by Osgoode Hall Law School
  8. 2013 - Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Visa Grant ($4,000), awarded for research in Public Policy and Financial Inclusion.
  9. 2013 - ATLAS Agora (Association of Transnational Law Schools) ($2,750) at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.
  10. 2013 - Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security Travel Grant ($1,500)
  11. 2013 - York University Fieldwork Research Grant ($3,200)
Shanthi Senthe

OM 4751

  • Business Associations
    (LAWF 3800)
  • Remedies
    (LAWF 3710)
  • Secured Transactions
    (LAWF 3640)
  • Corporate Governance
    (LAWF 3780)