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Provisional Membership

Demcon was launched at its
inaugural conference on 1-3 October 2004.


Faculty Membership
Graduate Student Membership


Professor Jeremy Webber is the Director of Demcon.

He can be contacted at jwebber@uvic.ca.



Demcon can be contacted at demcon@uvic.ca



Faculty Membership

Benjamin L. Berger, (bberger@uvic.ca), B.A. (First Class Hons.) (Alberta) 1999, LL.B. (Victoria) 2002, LL.M., J.S.D. (Yale). Prior to joining the Faculty, Professor Berger served as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in 2002-2003 and was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University in 2003-2004. His research addresses questions related to Canadian constitutional law and culture, religious liberties, criminal law and theory, and law and literature. Some of his recent publications include ‘The Limits of Belief: Freedom of Religion, Secularism, and the Liberal State’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society (2002), ‘Peine Forte et Dure: Compelled Jury Trials and Legal Rights in Canada’, Criminal Law Quarterly (2003), and ‘Using the Charter to Cure Health Care: Panacea or Placebo?’, Review of Constitutional Studies (2003). Professor Berger teaches criminal law and evidence.

John Borrows, (jborrows@uvic.ca), B.A. (Toronto) 1987, M.A. (Toronto) 1996, LL.B. (Toronto) 1991, LL.M. (Toronto), D.Jur. (Osgoode) 1994. Professor Borrows is Anishinabe and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation. He was appointed to the Faculty of Law as Professor and Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Justice and Governance in 2001. Prior to joining the Faculty he taught at: the University of Toronto; the University of British Columbia as the Director of the First Nations Law Program; Osgoode Hall Law School as the Director of the Intensive Program in Lands, Resources and First Nations Governments; and, was a visiting professor at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program. His research interests are in Aboriginal law, constitutional law, and natural resources/ environmental law. His publications include Aboriginal Legal Issues: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Butterworths, 1998) and Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (University of Toronto Press, 2002). Professor Borrows is Canada's leading Indigenous law scholar.

Bradley Bryan (bwb@uvic.ca) B.A. (Hons), M.A., LL.B. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Berkeley) is a SSHRC

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at the

University of Victoria.  His research focuses on the nature and sense of political and legal subjectivity, in both historical and contemporary manifestations.  Brad teaches courses on political and legal theory, and on the politics of health.  Recent publications include "Reason's Homelessness:  Rationalization in Bentham and Marx" Theory and Event (2003); and "Property as Ontology:  On Aboriginal and English Conceptions of Ownership" Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2000).  A book manuscript, Code Dependency:  Biotechnology and the Vocation of Biopolitics is currently under review with the University of Chicago Press.


Ruth Buchanan, (buchanan@law.ubc.ca), A.B. (Princeton), L.L.B. (Victoria), L.L.M. (Wisconsin-Madison) S.J.D. (Wisconsin-Madison) called to the B.C. Bar. Professor Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of British Columbia where she teaches and publishes in the areas of globalization and law, international economic law, law and development, jurisprudence and social theory. Before arriving at UBC, she taught at the Law School at the University of New Brunswick. Her recent publications include "Global Civil Society and Cosmopolitan Legality at the WTO: Perpetual Peace or Perpetual Process?" (Leiden J. Int. Law, 2003) "Collaboration, Cosmopolitanism, Complicity" (with Sundhya Pahuja, Nordic J. Int. Law, 2002). In addition to her ongoing research on the social dimensions of global governance, she is also a member of an interdisciplinary research team for a research project called Emergence, which seeks to track the relocation of telemediated employment between Canada, the U.S. and Asia.

Gillian Calder (gcalder@uvic.ca), B.A. (U.B.C.) 1993, LL.B. (U.B.C.) 1997, Diploma in University Teaching (U.N.B.) 2002, LL.M. (Osgoode) 2003, called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1999. Professor Calder joined the Faculty of Law in 2004 from the practice of aboriginal law in Vancouver. Prior to that time Professor Calder taught at the University of New Brunswick (2001-2002) and was a clerk to the B.C. Supreme Court (1997-1998). Her current research interests include the relationship between women, work and family; the provision of social benefits through Canadian law; and feminist, constitutional and equality theories. Professor Calder will teach Constitutional Law, Family Law and Social Welfare Law.

Paul L.A.H. Chartrand, I.P.C., Teach.Cert.; B.A.; LL.B. (Hons); LL.M., is Professor of Law at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. His teaching and writing is mainly in the areas of law and policy relating to Aboriginal peoples. Since his appointment at the U of S in 2002, he has also been teaching Indigenous Knowledge courses in an interdisciplinary programme. He has held teaching and other academic appointments in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the United States. He is an advisor and representative of the Metis National Council at the United Nations. He has served on a range of public bodies including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991-95), the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (1998-99), and Manitoba’s Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission (1999-2001). Paul Chartrand, who grew up in the historic Metis community of St Laurent, Manitoba, was designated ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel’ by the Indigenous Bar Association in 2002.

David Dyzenhaus is a Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Associate Dean of Law (Graduate). His work focuses on the rule of law and legal theory and he has written three books on this topic: Hard Cases in Wicked Legal Systems: South African Law in the Perspective of Legal Philosophy (OUP, 1991); Legality and Legitimacy: Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt in Weimar (OUP, 1997) and Judging the Judges, Judging Ourselves: Truth, Reconciliation and the Apartheid Legal Order (Hart, 1998).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Avigail Eisenberg (BA, University of Alberta; MA, Queen's; Ph.D., Queen's) is a Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Associate of Indigenous Governance. She teaches Canadian politics, democratic constitutionalism, and gender and politics and is particularly interested in democratic theory and minority rights.

Prof. Eisenberg is the author of Reconstructing Political Pluralism (SUNY 1995) and co-editor and contributing author of Painting the Maple: Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada (UBC 1998). She is associate editor of Contemporary Political Theory and an editorial board member of Review of Constitutional Studies.

Originally from Alberta, Prof. Eisenberg moved to Kingston, Ontario to attend Queen's University in 1985. Following the completion of her doctorate in 1991, she taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. In 1999, Prof. Eisenberg arrived at UVic, where she now lives with her husband and son.

Evan Fox-Decent (evan.fox-decent@mcgill.ca) B.A. (Manitoba), M.A. (Manitoba), J.D. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto) teaches and publishes in legal theory, administrative law, First Nations and the law, the law of fiduciaries, and human rights. His present work concerns the nature of public authority and the rule of law at McGill University's Faculty of Law. He has worked on human rights and democratic governance reform in Latin America since 1987, beginning with advocacy and relief work in El Salvador under the auspices of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Medardo Gomez.  He has since served with the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA 1996-99), and has consulted on behalf of numerous development and research agencies, as well as on behalf of legal institutions in Latin America, including the Supreme Court of Venezuela, the World Bank, the International Development Bank, USAID, and Canada's International Development Research Centre.  He is presently a Director of the International Institute on Law and Society.

Donald Galloway (galloway@uvic.ca), LL.B. (Edinburgh) 1974, LL.M. (Harvard) 1975, is a Professor of Law at the University of Victoria and former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He currently teaches courses on Immigration and Refugee Law, The Law, Legislation and Policy and the Law of Torts. He has published a book on immigration law and various articles on immigration, citizenship and refugee law. His current research interests relate to immigration enforcement policy.

Andrew J. Harding (harding@uvic.ca), MA (Oxon) 1974, LLM (Singapore) 1984, PhD (Monash) 1987, Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations. Professor Harding was appointed in 2004 and is half-time with the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. He will be teaching Asia-Pacific Comparative Law, and Law, Governance and Development. He is a former Head of Department and Professor of Law in the Law Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Chair of SOAS’ Centre of South East Asian Studies, having previously taught at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He co-founded and has served as General Editor of Kluwer/ Martinus Nijhoff’s London-Leiden Series on Law, Governance and Development. His interests are in South East Asian legal studies, comparative public law, law and development, comparative law theory and environmental law. His publications include Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia (1996), and Comparative Law in the 21st Century (2002).

Cindy Holder (clholder@uvic.ca) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include political philosophy, legal theory, and feminist philosophy. Recent publications include "Are Patriarchal Cultures Really a Problem? Rethinking Objections from Cultural Viciousness" in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (12 (2002) 727-757), a co-authored piece, "Indigenous Peoples and Multicultural Citizenship: Bridging the Gap Between Collective and Individual Rights" in Human Rights Quarterly (24:1 (February 2002) 126-151), and a piece on self-determination in the Draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Holder received her Ph D from the University of Arizona in 2001. She is currently working on the conceptual underpinnings of international human rights law, and the relationship between human rights and self-determination.

Matt James (mattjames@uvic.ca), BA (Queen’s), MA, PhD (UBC) is an Assistant Professor in the UVic Department of Political Science. He works on Canadian politics with a particular focus on social movements, constitutionalism, and citizenship, and is presently undertaking a SSHRC supported research project that looks at reparations movements as a window on changes in Canadian citizenship. His book, Misrecognized Materialists: Social Movements in Canadian Constitutional Politics, 1938-1992, will be published by University of British Columbia Press in 2005.

Rebecca Johnson (rjohnson@uvic.ca), B.Mus. (Calgary) 1985, M.B.A. (Alberta) 1990, LL.B. (Alberta) 1991, LL.M. (Michigan) 1995, S.J.D. (Michigan) 2000, called to the Bar of Alberta in 1992. Professor Johnson clerked at the Supreme Court for Madame Justice L’Heureux-Dubé in 1993-93, was a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of New Brunswick between 1995 and 2001, and joined the University of Victoria Faculty of Law as an Associate Professor in 2001. She has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Feminist Advocacy, Law Legislation and Policy, Legal Method, Legal Theory, and Law and Film. Her research and writing interests often draw her to the places where laws’ discourses intersect with those of popular culture. Her current research projects concern nursing mothers and the saloon as a site of citizenship, and the role of reason and passion in the judicial dissent. She is the author of Taxing Choices: The Intersection of Class, Gender, Parenthood and the Law (UBC Press, 2002).

David Kahane B.A. (Concordia), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta, where he teaches contemporary political philosophy. His current research concerns the place of group differences in deliberative democratic theory, as well as connections between democratic theory and actual practices of dispute resolution and public consultation. He is the co-editor with Cathy Bell of Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts (UBC Press, 2004), and has published work in Negotiation Journal, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, Philosophiques, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Nikolas Kompridis (nks@yorku.ca), B.M. (Toronto), M.M. (Yale), M.A. (Toronto)

Ph.D. (York) is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at York University. He writes on a very wide variety of topics in political philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, literature, film and music. Recent publications include Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future (MIT 2006), Philosophical Romanticism (Routledge 2006), “Normativizing Hybridity/Neutralizing Culture” (Political Theory 2005), “The Unsettled and Unsettling Claims of Culture: A Reply to Seyla Benhabib” (Political Theory 2006), “Struggling Over the Meaning of Recognition: A Matter of Identity, Justice, or Freedom?” European Journal of Political Theory 2007), “The Idea of Receptivity: Between Aesthetics and Politics” (Critical Horizons 2009), and “Romanticism” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (Oxford 2009). Future publications include The Freedom to Begin Anew: Rethinking Public Reason and Democratic Politics with Kant and Arendt (Rowman and Littlefield 2009), Receptive Subjectivity: A Philosophy of Music after Adorno and Cavell  (MIT) and The Aesthetic Turn in Political Theory (Duke).

Martin Krygier
Director, European Law Centre
Telephone:  +61 2 9385 2240
Email:  m.krygier@unsw.edu.au

Law and social theory, Legal theory, Law after communism
Current Research Projects:
Rethinking the rule of law in post-communist Europe
Philip Selznick: normative theory and the sociology of law

Hester A. Lessard (hlessard@uvic.ca), LL.B. (Dalhousie) 1985, LL.M. (Columbia) 1989. Professor Lessard joined the Faculty in 1989 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. She teaches Constitutional Law; Law, Legislation and Policy; Feminist Legal Theory; Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice; and Legal Process. Her past and current research interests include feminist critiques of constitutional rights, the construction of family relations under the Charter of Rights, and the role of rights based strategies and discourses in achieving progressive social change for women.

Roderick A. Macdonald (roderick.macdonald@mcgill.ca), B.A. (York), LL.B. (York), LL.L. (Ottawa), LL.M. (Toronto) is F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law at McGill University, where he teaches and publishes in the areas of constitutional law, jurisprudence, administrative law, civil law and commercial law. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1984 to 1989. He chaired a Task Force on Access to Justice of the Ministère de la justice du Québec, and has been a consultant to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, to the Ontario Civil Justice Review and to the Federal Department of Justice on the effect on federal law of the Civil Code of Québec. From 1989 through 1994 he was Director of the Law in Society Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. From 1997 to 2000, he was the founding President of the Law Commission of Canada. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996, and named a Fellow of the Pierre Trudeau Foundation in 2004. Professor Macdonald has lectured widely across Canada, the United States and Australia and has held visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and the University of Aix-Marseilles.

Colin Macleod (cmacleod@uvic.ca), B.A. (Queens), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Cornell) is an Associate Professor in Law and the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on issues in contemporary moral, political and legal theory with a special focus on the following topics: (1) distributive justice and equality (2) children, families and justice and (3) democratic ethics. He is the author of Liberalism, Justice, and Markets: A Critique of Liberal Equality (OUP 1998)and co-editor with David Archard of The Moral and Political Status of Children (OUP 2002). His articles have appeared in The Chicago-Kent Law Review, Theory and Research in Education, Politics and Society, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, The Canadian Journal for Law and Jurisprudence, Law and Philosophy, and Dialogue.

Kent McNeil (kmcneil@yorku.ca), is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he has taught since 1987. He is the author of numerous works on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia and the United States, including two books: Common Law Aboriginal Title (1989) and Emerging Justice? Essays on Indigenous Rights in Canada and Australia (2001). His work has been cited and relied upon in influential decisions on Indigenous rights in Canada and Australia, most notably in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia (S.C.C., 1997) and Mabo v. Queensland (H.C.A., 1992).

Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha (mehmoona@uvic.ca), M.S.W. (McGill), Ph.D. (Soton). Mehmoona is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Victoria. Her research interests are in anti-racist feminist theory, particularly as it applies to re-theorizations of citizenship models that are difference-centered in their articulation. She is recently completed a research project entitled Citizenship Rights of Sexually Exploited Children: Self, Dignity and Power. A particular research interest is in re-conceptualizing children’s citizenship rights.

Val Napoleon (muskwah@shaw.ca) PhD (Law and History, UVic) and is a member of the Faculties

of Law and Native Studies at the U of Alberta. Val is from northeastern British Columbia and is of Cree, Saulteaux, and Dunnezah heritage. She is also an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitksan) House of Luuxhon, Ganeda (Frog) clan. She worked as a community activist and consultant in northwestern B.C. for over twenty-five years, specializing in health, education, and justice issues and she has served on a number of provincial, regional, and local boards. Val received her LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in April 2001 and was called to bar in 2002. Val is currently completing her Ph.D with the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Her dissertation will explore the consequences of major litigation on aboriginal people's conflict management systems within aboriginal legal orders and law.

Matthew S. R. Palmer (Matthew.Palmer@vuw.ac.nz), is Pro Vice Chancellor (Law & Government) and Dean of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to academia he held positions in New Zealand's career public service as Deputy Secretary for Justice (Public Law) and in the New Zealand Treasury. He is co-author of Bridled Power: New Zealand's Constitution and Government (4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2004) and writes on matters of public law and indigenous peoples' rights. He led negotiations for the Crown in New Zealand's first settlement of a historic land claim under the Treaty of Waitangi (with Waikato Tainui). He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Canterbury, an LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington and an LLM and JSD from Yale Law School.

Paul Patton (prp@unsw.edu.au), BA, MA (Sydney), DU (Université de Paris VIII) is Professor of Philosophy at The University of New South Wales since 2002. Before that, he taught at The University of Sydney and the ANU. He teaches and publishes in political philosophy, especially Continental European political thought and issues related to the colonisation of Indigenous peoples. He is author of Deleuze and the Political (2000); editor (with John Protevi) of Between Deleuze and Derrida, Continuum, 2003; editor (with Duncan Ivison and Will Sanders) Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Cambridge, 2000. Recent articles and chapters have appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, Journal of Intercultural Studies; Contemporary Political Theory, International Studies in Philosophy and Critical Horizons.

Andrew J. Petter, Q.C., (dean@law.uvic.ca) Dean of Law, UVic, LL.B. (UVic) 1981, LL.M. (Cambridge) 1982, called to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1983. Professor Petter joined the Faculty as Assistant Professor in 1986 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. Prior to joining the Faculty, he taught as an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1984 to 1986. From 1991 to 2001, he served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Attorney General. His major fields of interest are constitutional law, civil liberties and legislative and regulatory processes. He has written extensively on these topics, and has contributed chapters to several works on constitutional law.

Omid A. Payrow Shabani
(oshabani@uoguelph.ca) Dr. Payrow Shabani is an Assistant Professor in philospophy at the University of Guelph. He teaches in the areas of Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory. He is currently working on bridging the gap between the theoretical framework of critical theorists and liberal nationalists in order to be able to address concrete questions of policy making in multicultural societies from the normative perspective of Habermasian constitutional patriotism.

Some of his recent publications are "Democracy, Power and Legitimacy: Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas," University of Toronto Press, 2003; “Who is Afraid of Constitutional Patriotism?”, Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2002; “Language Policy in Diverse Societies”, Constellation, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2004.

Oliver Schmidtke (ofs@uvic.ca), MA Philipps University Marburg, PhD. European University Institute in Florence. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, the “UVic Scholar in European Studies”, the co-director of the European Studies Program at the UVic and the president of the European Community Studies Association Canada. Before coming to UVic first as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in 1999 he taught at Humboldt University in Berlin and spent a research fellowship at Harvard University. His current research interests are related to the transformation and denationalization of collective identities and political community, the process of European integration, immigration, ethnic conflicts, multiculturalism, citizenship and group rights.

Brian Slattery is a Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, where he teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Rights, Criminal Law and Legal Theory. Dr. Slattery is a graduate of Loyola College, Montreal, (B.A., Honours English), McGill University (Bachelor of Civil Law) and Oxford University (Doctorate in Law). Before coming to Osgoode Hall in 1981, he worked for some years in Tanzania, East Africa, initially as a CUSO volunteer assisting political refugees from Southern Africa, and later teaching at the Law Faculty of the University of Dar es Salaam. He also served for several years as Research Director of the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. More recently, he acted as a Senior Advisor to the federal Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, headed by Chief Georges Erasmus and Justice René Dussault. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1995 for his contributions to the development of the law relating to aboriginal rights.

James Tully (jtully@uvic.ca), BA (British Columbia) 1973, PhD (Cambridge) 1976, is the Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy. He taught in Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University 1977-96, where he was Chair 1994-96 and Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He was Professor and Chair of Political Science at UVic 1996-2001. In 2001-2003 he was the inaugural Henry N.R. Jackman Distinguished Professor in Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto in Philosophy, Political Science and Law. In 2003 he returned to the University of Victoria. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation (trudeaufoundation.ca). He is the author or editor of 8 books and many articles in contemporary political and legal philosophy and its history, and in Canadian political and legal philosophy, including: ‘The Unfreedom of the Moderns in relation to constitutional democracy’, Modern Law Review (March 2002), ‘Political Philosophy as a Critical Activity’, Political Theory (August 2002), Multinational Democracies (2001), Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an age of diversity (1996), An Approach to Political Philosophy (1993). He is a general editor of the Ideas in Context Series (Cambridge University Press), the Clarendon edition of the works of John Locke (Oxford University Press), and Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy.

Jeremy Webber (jwebber@uvic.ca), is the Director of Demcon and Dean of Law at the University of Victoria. He taught at McGill University from 1987 to 1998 and was Dean of Law at the University of Sydney from 1998 to 2002, before coming to Victoria to take up the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society (2002-2014). Professor Webber’s current work is primarily in the fields of legal and political theory, comparative constitutional law, and indigenous rights. He has published on constitutional theory generally and in Canada, Australia and the UK. His principal work is Reimagining Canada: Language, Culture, Community, and the Canadian Constitution (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994).

David V. Williams (d.williams@auckland.ac.nz), BA-LLB (VUW), BCL, Dip Theol (Oxon), PhD (D'Salaam) was a full-time law teacher at the University of Dar es Salaam in East Africa (4 years) and the University of Auckland (16 years). From 1992 to 2000 he was an independent researcher and a barrister specialising in legal history research relevant to Treaty of Waitangi claims. In 2001 he returned to full-time teaching at the University of Auckland as an Associate Professor in Law and was promoted to a personal chair as Professor in Law in 2005. He teaches Legal System, and Legal History papers for the LLB; and Common Law Theory and Practice for the LLM.

In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he produced the Maori Land Legislation Manual (& database) in 1994/1995 and authored 'Te Kooti tango whenua': The Native Land Court 1864-1909 published in 1999. In 2001 two of his research reports were chosen for publication by the Waitangi Tribunal: Crown Policy Affecting Maori Knowledge Systems and Cultural Practices, and Matauranga Maori and Taonga. He is joint editor and a contributor to Waitangi Revisited: Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi published in 2004.

Anna Yeatman (a.yeatman@uws.edu.au) took up appointment as Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney in mid-2008. Before this she was a Canada Research Chair in Political Science at the University of Alberta for five years, prior to which she was the Chair of Sociology at Macquarie University for ten years.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science.  She is an editorial board member of the journals: Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Classical Sociology, Feminist Theory, Citizenship Studies, and Australian Journal of Public AdministrationShe is the author of Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Femocrats (1990), Postmodern Revisionings of the Political (1994) and Individualization and the Delivery of Welfare Services: Contestation and Complexity (2009). She is also a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education.

An interdisciplinary political theorist, Anna engages in both political theory and its applications to especially but not only matters of citizenship and public policy.  Her current research falls into three areas: (1) the politics of individuality; (2) an ecology of the human subject; and (3) a contemporary civil philosophy of the state.


Graduate Student Membership  

Sean Rehaag (sean.rehaag@utoronto.ca) is a doctoral candidate specializing in migration law and political / legal theory at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He received his BCL/LL.B. from McGill after completing his BA in Political Science at UBC. His doctoral project draws on legal and political pluralism to discover resources for non-state normative orders seeking to challenge the state's purported monopoly over the creation and interpretation of legal norms in the border control setting. In addition to his academic work, Sean offers pro-bono legal assistance through the FCJ Refugee Centre to refugees and undocumented migrants seeking to regularize their immigration status, focusing primarily on incorporating norms from international legal sources in gender and sexual orientation based refugee and immigration applications.

Lloy Wylie is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. She has an MA in Political Science from the University of Victoria (with a focus on European Political Economy and social policy), and a BA in Latin American Studies and History from Simon Fraser University. Ms Wylie is an affiliate of the Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research, and her current research compares health and social policy in Canada and Europe. She is a member of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, and the European Community Studies Association – Canada (ECSA-C). Lloy was a member of the ECSA-C executive from May 2002 to May 2004, and is the co-founder of the Young Researchers Network in ECSA-C.


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