Zoë Sinel

Zoe Sinel

Zoë Sinel is an Assistant 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.

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


  • Private Law Theory
  • Remedies
  • Tort Theory


  • Torts
  • Remedies
  • Unjust Enrichment and Restitution


Z Sinel, "De-Ciphering Self-Help" (2017) University of Toronto Law Journal 31. http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/UTLJ.3860

Z Sinel & A. Schuurman, "Matter over Mind: Tort Law's Treatment of Emotional Injury" in Barker, Fairweather, & Grantham, eds, Private Law in the 21st Century (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017). http://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/private-law-in-the-21st-century-9781509908585/

Z Sinel, “Is Personal Injury Law Personal?” (2013) 6:1-2 Journal of Tort Law 145. https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jtl.ahead-of-print/jtl-2015-0001/jtl-2015-0001.xml

Z Sinel, “The Methods and Madness of Unjust Enrichment” in Robertson and Tilbury, eds, Divergences in Private Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016). http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/divergences-in-private-law-9781782256618/

Z Sinel, “Concerns about Corrective Justice” (2013) 26:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence” 137. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/canadian-journal-of-law-and-jurisprudence/article/div-classtitleconcerns-about-corrective-justicediv/8264990F1F3C5FBD0998F8BECEAD8760

Z Sinel, “Through Thick and Thin: The Place of Corrective Justice in Unjust Enrichment” (2011) 31:3 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 551. https://academic.oup.com/ojls/article/31/3/551/1394902 

Z Sinel, “Initial Private Law Liability and Potential Defences: An Unnecessary Confusion (Perpetual Trustees v Heperu) [2010] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 13. https://www.i-law.com/ilaw/doc/view.htm?id=241630

Z Sinel, “Causes of Action and Self-Help Remedies (BMP Global Distribution v Bank of Nova Scotia) [2009] 17 Restitution Law Review 122. http://www.wildy.com/id/126382/restitution-law-review-volume-17-paperback-marenex-press