Geoffrey T. Sigalet is a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University and a fellow at Stanford Law School’s Constitutional Law Center for the 2018-19 academic year. He completed his PhD in political theory and public law at Princeton University, where his dissertation developed a republican theory of ‘dialogical’ judicial review and constitutional interpretation. Sigalet earned an MA in political theory and public law from Princeton in 2014 and completed an MA in political theory at McGill University, where he was a member of the McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies. He earned his BA (Hons) in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

Research Interests:

  • Theories of Judicial Review
  • Constitutional Interpretation
  • Charter Jurisprudence
  • The Nature of Rights
  • The Philosophy of Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Conflict of Laws

In his scholarship, Sigalet investigates the philosophical foundations of justifications for judicial review, particularly as they relate to inter-institutional interactions between courts and legislatures concerning rights. His work draws on the republican tradition of political philosophy to explain how different ideals of "dialogue" between modern courts and legislatures can serve or undermine the democratic protection of rights. He is currently working on a book project relating this theory of judicial review to the constitutions of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Recent Professional Achievements:

  • Organized Conference: "The Nature of Rights Revisited" Stanford Law School, June 16 2018.
  • Conference Presentation: "On Rights Against Domination" Stanford Law School, June 16th 2018.
  • Featured Manuscript: University of Wisconsin, Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy 'First Book' Manuscript workshop: "Dialogue and Domination: A Republican Theory of Judicial Review" April 28th 2018.
  • Invited Talk, "Invoking Section 33: Democracy or Disaster?" University of Saskatchewan College of Law, March 27th, 2018.

Selected Publications:

For a full list of Professor Sigalet's publications, please see his CV.

  • Constitutional Dialogue: Democracy, Rights, Institutions (co-edited with Grégoire Webber and Rosalind Dixon, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • “On Dialogue and Domination” in Constitutional Dialogue: Democracy, Rights, Institutions Geoffrey Sigalet, Grégoire Webber, Rosalind Dixon eds. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Waldron’s Challenge: On the Political Relevance of Moral Realism” (Politics and Poetics, Volume IV (2018) “Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall and the rehabilitation of the Charter” (with J. Baron) Policy Options (19 May 2017)
  • “The ‘Charter Party’s’ new dance with the judiciary” (with J. Baron) Policy Options (8 September 2016)