Toby Goldbach's research and teaching center on dispute resolution and judicial politics, with a particular focus on judicial activity in court administration and procedural reform, the politics of legal change, and the transnational movement of law.
Her dissertation, "Rethinking the Judicial Function: Law Reform, Politics, and Legal Instrumentalism in Contemporary Judicial Activity," examines judges' participation in law reform projects in addition to their casework, activity which shapes the structure of dispute processing and situates judges in highly political debates. Her recent article, Instrumentalizing the Expressive: Transplanting Sentencing Circles into the Canadian Criminal Trial, 25 TRANSNAT'L L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. 61 (2015), explores the meaning of transplanting legal procedures across jurisdictions by recounting reforms to criminal sentencing procedures in order to address Aboriginal confrontation with the criminal justice system.
Before attending Cornell, Toby served as Senior Law Clerk for the Office of Chief Justice Patrick LeSage, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), and as research and policy lawyer for the Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Justice Policy and Reform branch. As a J.S.D. student at Cornell, she held the Rudolf B Schlesinger Research Fellowship (2011-2012).