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Natalie Oman
PhD, DJur

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 505
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5868


Dr. Oman's present work falls into two converging streams. The first examines the sources of international law from a legal pluralist perspective, with a focus on the democratizing potential of general principles and customary international law as avenues of inclusion for non-state political communities. The second explores non-state agents’ roles as subjects and makers of transnational legal norms from the ground up. A recent United Nations (UN) commission she undertook draws on both streams: it involves developing recommendations to prevent atrocity crimes against Indigenous peoples in Latin America on behalf of the UN Office of the Special Advisers on Genocide Prevention and on the Responsibility to Protect.


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Doctor of Political Science and Philosophy McGill University
  • Master of Political Science McGill University
  • Bachelor of Political Science University of Toronto

Courses taught

  • Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
  • International Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Philosophy of Law

Research and expertise


  • Selected publications

    Oman, N. (2010). Human Security and Hannah Arendt’s ‘Right to Have Rights'. Journal of Human Rights, 9.

    Oman, N. (2009). The Responsibility to Prevent: A Remit for Intervention? Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, 22.

    Oman, N. (in press). Report on Drivers and Recommendations for Prevention of Atrocity Crimes Targeting Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, prepared on behalf of the UN Office of the Special Advisers on Genocide Prevention and on the Responsibility to Protect.

    Oman, N. (in press). The Responsibility to Protect and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: Contextual Factors Affecting the Implementation of Atrocity Crime Prevention Strategies. Working paper commissioned by the UN Office of the Special Advisers on Genocide Prevention and on the Responsibility to Protect.

  • Presentations

    "Agents of Justice? Transnational Governance Mechanisms & Human Rights Advocacy," workshop on Transnational Business and Governance Interactions, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, May 2016 (funded participation).

    "Non-State Actors and Indigenous Rights," ICON-S conference of the International Society of Public Law, NYU School of Law, New York, July 2015 (funded participation).

    "The 'Conscience of Mankind' as a Source of General Principles: The Legal Normativity of Human Rights Protection Norms," visiting speaker, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 2015.

  • Media appearances

    Could R2P Justify a No-Fly Zone in the Absence of Security Council Approval?

    March 17, 2011

    Opinio Juris

    As the Libyan rebels’ requests for an internationally-enforced no-fly zone have multiplied and regional support has coalesced among the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and some members of the African Union, public hand-wringing over the lack of a Security Council resolution to ‘legalize’ such action has intensified. But Security Council authorization under Chapter VII of the UN Charter is not the only available legal basis for military action to close Libyan airspace.

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