Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law


Jean Thomas is Assistant Professor at Queen’s Law. She is joint convenor of the Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Juris Doctor, as well as of New York University, with a Master of Laws and a doctorate in law. Prior to joining Queen’s, Professor Thomas was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s McCoy Center for Ethics in Society and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.


Questions at the intersection of Ethics, Meta-Ethics, and the Philosophy of Law:

  • The nature of rights
  • Private law theory, especially tort theory
  • The effect of coercion on law’s normativity
  • The nature of cultural norms
  • Human rights


For a full list of publications and other information, please see Professor Thomas' CV


  • Public Rights, Private Relations, Oxford University Press, 2015. (Hard copy | Oxford Scholarship Online
    • Reviewed: 
      • 2016  79(5)  The Modern Law Review 924-929
      • 2016  7(2)  Jurisprudence 355-364
      • 2016  78(2)  Review of Politics 337-339
      • 2016  4  Political Studies Review
      • (forthcoming) Law and Philosophy

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