Legal Philosophy Research Group

Legal philosophy asks basic questions about the nature of law. Among other things, it examines the relationship between law and morality; the grounds of legal authority; the source and content of legal obligations; and the normative structure of legal doctrine in different domains of law.

Western Law’s faculty has substantial expertise in numerous areas of legal philosophy, covering many aspects of analytic jurisprudence, private law theory, public law theory, and the theory of international law. Established in 2021 the Legal Philosophy Research Group is dedicated to encouraging collaboration among our colleagues through reading groups and workshops, connecting our faculty and our colleagues to leading legal philosophers from around the world through talks, workshops, and conferences, and supporting JD and graduate students who have interests in this area through public events, specialized courses, curricular development, and mentoring.


For 2021-22 the Legal Philosophy Research Group will be organizing several public events and hosting a reading group, topic TBD.


Prof. Andrew Botterell — private law theory, criminal law theory
Prof. Dennis Klimchuk — private law theory, equity, history of political philosophy
Prof. Joanna Langille — private international law, international trade law, private law, legal theory
Prof. Ryan Liss — criminal law theory, International criminal law theory
Prof. Margaret Martin — jurisprudence, constitutional law, constitutional law theory, legal positivism
Prof. Jason Neyers — private law theory, contract law, tort law
Prof. Manish Oza — legal theory, contract law, property law
Prof. Zoe Sinel — private law theory, restitution, remedies
Prof. Andy Yu — jurisprudence, constitutional law, Administrative law, property law