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CV

Education

PhD (Philosophy), McMaster University, 2005 (Dissertation title: ‘The Significance of Contingent Relations in the Philosophy of Law’, supervised by Prof. Wil Waluchow)

Visiting Student in Analytic Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford, 2003-4 (supervised by Dr. Julie Dickson)

MA (Philosophy), McMaster University, 2002

BA (Philosophy and Law in Society), University of New Brunswick, 2000

Employment History and Academic Positions

Associate Professor, Philosophy, York University, 2010-present

Graduate Program Director, Philosophy, York University, 2017-present

Undergraduate Program Director, Philosophy, York University, 2012-2017

Co-Director, Combined JD/MA (Philosophy) Program, York University, 2010-present

Executive Committee, Department of Philosophy, York University, 2012-present

Member of the Graduate Program, Philosophy, York University, 2005-present

Member of the Graduate Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2009-present

Executive Committee, Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, 2014-present

Research Associate, Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, 2009-present

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, McMaster University, 2009-present (see also McMaster's homepage for Legal Philosophy)

Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008, 2013-2014

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, York University, 2005-2010

Lecturer, Philosophy, York University, 2005

Keynote Presentations

'Making Old Questions New: Law, Legal System, and State', The Nature of Law: Contemporary Perspectives, McMaster University, 2011, Hamilton, Canada.

'From Necessity to Contingency and Back: Observations on Recent Methodology Debates in Analytical Jurisprudence', Keynote Address, meeting of the Suisse-Romande Association for Practical Philosophy, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 2009.

Invited Papers

'Systemic v. Extra-Systemic Recognition of Indigenous Legal Orders', New Zealand Centre for Legal Theory, Auckland Law School, Auckland, New Zealand, 2018.

'Social Construction and the Co-Existence of Legal Orders: Obstacle or Opportunity?', Entangled Legalities Workshop, The Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018.

'How much of law is socially constructed?', Higher Seminar in Practical Philosophy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2017.

'Sources and the Systematicity of International Law', second workshop for The Oxford Handbook on the Sources of International Law, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2015.

'Conceptual Foundations of European Union Law', Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, 2014.

'The Philosophical Limits of Legal Pluralism', Department of Philosophy, Wayne State University, Detroit, US, 2014.

'Transnational Legal Theory and Analytical Jurisprudence', Doing Law beyond the State: Legal-Philosophical Challenges in International and Transnational Legal Research workshop, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2014.

'Can States Claim Something Other Than Authority for Their Laws?', Meeting of the International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory, Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, 2013.

'Can States Claim Something Other Than Authority for Their Laws?', Research Group on Multilevel Constitutionalism, Faculty of Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2013.

'Conceptual Analysis and Its Critics', Legal Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, 2012.

'Universal Jurisdiction and the Duty to Govern', (with M. Schaeffer), Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada, 2010.

'Analytical Jurisprudence and Contingency', Invited paper, Law and Theory Working Group, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, US, 2009.

'The Beating Heart of an Inter-Institutional Theory of Law', (with K. Culver), Legal Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, 2008.

'The Beating Heart of an Inter-Institutional Theory of Law', (with K. Culver), Centre for Law and Society, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2008.

'Legal System, Legality, and the State', (with K. Culver), Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 2008.

‘Recognized Reasons for Change in Law’, invited speaker to the Legal Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, 2005.

Book Forum

Discussion of Understanding the Nature of Law: A Case for Constructive Conceptual Explanation (Edward Elgar, 2015), Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, 30 March 2016.  Participants: Roger Cotterrell, Maks Del Mar, Dennis Patterson, Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, and Sanne Taekema.

Invited Panels

'Truth and Reconciliation in Academia: What Role for Non-Indigenous Researchers?', plenary panel, Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2018.

‘Jurisprudential Methodology: Conceptual Analysis versus Naturalized Jurisprudence’, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, US, 2013 (other panelists: Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, Dennis Patterson, George Pavlakos, Dan Priel, Ken Ehrenberg).

 

‘Is There a Single Concept of Law?’, Law and Society annual meeting, Boston, US, 2013 (other panellists: Brian Tamanaha, Detlef von Daniels, Ken Ehrenberg, Scott Shapiro).

Invited Workshops

Transnational Law Workshop, Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2014.

Refereed Papers

'Is Regional Legality a Special Form of Legal Order?', (with K. Culver), Beyond the State: Governance, Legality, and Political Morality conference, Burlington, Canada, 2017.

‘Assessing Dworkin’s Legal Theory Along Two Dimensions: Imperialism and Importance’, The Legacy of Ronald Dworkin conference, Burlington, Canada, 2014.

‘Understanding the Role of Legal Officials in Legal Positivism’s Understanding of Legal System and Legality’, (with K. Culver), Atlantic Region Philosophers Association, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2006.

‘Understanding Anti-Terrorism Legislation’, 21st World Congress of Philosophy, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003.

‘An Exclusive Positivist Reading of Charter Challenges’, Canadian Philosophical Association, Laval, Quebec, 2001.

‘Indeterminacy of Authority in International Law’, Atlantic Region Philosophers Association, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1999.

Other Papers

'Not a System but an Order: Explaining the Legality of the European Union', (with K. Culver), seminar series, Legal Philosophy Between State and Transnationalism, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2009.

'Legal System, Legality, and the State', (with K. Culver), 23rd Congress of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Krakow Poland, 2007.

‘Understanding the Role of Legal Officials in Legal Positivism’s Understanding of Legal System and Legality’, (with Keith Culver) Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Oxford, UK, 2007.

‘Recognized Reasons for Change in Law’, Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2005.  

‘Participant Understanding and Legal Theory’, Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Oxford, UK, 2004.

‘Imperialism and Continuity in Legal Theory’, Canadian Section of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003.

‘Expanding the Separation Thesis in the Right Direction’, Canadian Section of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Toronto, 2002.

Professional Activity

Conference Organization

Co-organizer, Beyond the State: Governance, Legality, and Political Morality conference, Burlington, Canada, 2017.

Seminar Series

Co-organizer (with F. Tanguay-Renaud), seminar series ‘Legal Philosophy Between State and Transnationalism’, sponsored by the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Philosophy, York University, 2008-2017.

Special Workshops

Co-organizer (with D. Priel), 'Naturalistic Jurisprudence: The Next Step?', Osgoode Hall Law School and the Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 18-19, 2016.

Co-organizer (with K. Culver), Special Workshop at the 23rd Congress of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Krakow, Poland, August 2007, entitled ‘Legality’s Edges: Searching for Identity Conditions of Legal Systems in an Era of Porous Borders’.  The papers are published in a 2008 special issue of Problema (National Autonomous University of Mexico’s new English-Spanish journal in jurisprudence).

Editorial and Peer-Review

Guest editor (with K. Culver), special issue of Problema: Anuario de Filosofía y Teoría del Derecho (vol. 2, 2008)

Editorial Committee, Transnational Legal Theory, 2009-present.

Book Review Editor, Transnational Legal Theory, 2009-2012.

Editorial Board, Problema: Anuario de Filosofía y Teoría del Derecho, 2007-present.

Professional Associations

Member, International Network on Transnational Legal and Political Theory

Some Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2002-5.

Harry Lyman Hooker Senior Fellowship for Doctoral Study, McMaster University, 2002-5.

Commonwealth Scholarship, held at the University of Oxford, 2003-4.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2000.

   
 
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