Zoë Sinel

Zoe Sinel

Academic Degrees:

SJD (University of Toronto), MPhil (Oxford), BCL (Oxford), JD (Toronto), BA (University of British Columbia)

Email: zsinel@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661 2111 x83832
Office: Rm 15

Zoë Sinel is an Associate Professor at Western Law, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2013.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Sinel was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. She completed her doctorate in law (SJD) at the University of Toronto, where she held the prestigious Vanier Scholarship. Her dissertation—conducted under the supervisor of Ernest Weinrib, and entitled, Understanding Private Law's Remedies—offers a novel way to understand the remedies in private law through the logic of practical reasoning.

Professor Sinel obtained her JD from the University of Toronto and then earned two master's degrees in law at the University of Oxford: the BCL and the MPhil. She received funding for her graduate studies at Oxford from the Clarendon Fund Scholarship and the Donner/Gotlieb Graduate Scholarship.

She researches and teaches in private law and legal theory, with a particular focus on civil remedies for private wrongdoing. She has published doctrinal and theoretical work in leading domestic and international law journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Restitution Law Review. Her current research projects include a proposed monograph on private law’s treatment of fear, spite, and grief, as well as a SSHRC-funded collaborative endeavor with colleagues at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto to design a feminist casebook on the law of torts.

Research Highlights

“What’s Your Damage? The Elimination of the Expert-Recognized Psychiatric Illness Requirement in the Canadian Law of Negligence: Saadati v Moorhead, [2017] 1 SCR 543 (2017)” 24 Torts Law Journal 205-217.

“Allan Beever’s One-Dimensional Tort Universe: A Review Article of Allan Beever, A Theory of Tort Liability” (2017) 27:3 New Zealand Universities Law Review 807-834.

“De-Ciphering Self-Help” (2017) 67:1 University of Toronto Law Journal 31-67.

“Matter over Mind: Tort Law’s Treatment of Emotional Injury,” in Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather, and Ross Grantham, eds, Private Law in the 21st Century (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017) (co-author: Anne Schuurman) 439-461.

“The Methods and Madness of Unjust Enrichment,” in Andrew Robertson and Michael Tilbury, eds, Divergences in Private Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016) 179-200.

“Is Personal Injury Law Personal?” (2013) 6(1-2) Journal of Tort Law 145–172; (Online) 1932-9148, ISSN (Print) 2194-6515, DOI: 10.1515/jtl-2015-0001, January 2015. Published Online: 2015-01-31.

“Concerns about Corrective Justice” (2013) 26:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 137-156.

“Through Thick and Thin: The Place of Corrective Justice in Unjust Enrichment” (2011) 31:3 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 551-564.

“Initial Private Law Liability and Potential Defences: An Unnecessary Confusion (Perpetual Trustees v. Heperu)” [2010] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 13-19.

“Causes of Action and Self-Help Remedies (BMP Global Distribution v. Bank of Nova Scotia)” [2009] 17 Restitution Law Review 122-132.