Dr. Reem Bahdi was appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor on July 1, 2021. She joined the faculty in 2002 where her teaching and research has focused on access to justice in both Canada and Palestine. Dean Bahdi co-created and co-Directed KARAMAH, The Project on Judicial Independence and Human Dignity, a multi-million dollar initiative which aimed to support human dignity in Palestine through research, continuing judicial education and directed civil society engagement. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice and the Associate Dean of Windsor Law between 2012 and 2015.
She is recipient of the 2017 Guthrie Medal for her research, teaching and advocacy in furtherance of access to justice in Ontario and was appointed a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in 2015 for national research excellence. The Student Law Society at Windsor Law has bestowed the award for exemplary teaching and dedication to Windsor Law on her three times and the University of Windsor has recognized her research with five distinguished teaching awards. Professor Bahdi is the first Palestinian Law Professor in Canadian history and the first Palestinian Law Dean in North America.