Jacob Weinrib is an Assistant Professor at the Queen’s Faculty of Law.  He graduated from the Combined JD/PhD Program in Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he studied as a Vanier Scholar and received the David Savan Dissertation Prize.  Before joining Queen’s, he held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York University School of Law as a Global Hauser Research Fellow in the Center for Constitutional Transitions (2013-4) and as a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow in the Center for Law and Philosophy (2014-2015).  Weinrib is the author of Dimensions of Dignity: The Theory and Practice of Modern Constitutional Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).  He is currently working on a book entitled Proportionality: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (Cambridge).  Weinrib was the 2018-2019 recipient of the Stanley M. Corbett Award for Teaching Excellence.  



Weinrib’s research lies at the intersection of legal philosophy and public law.  His overarching aim is to formulate a unified theory of the normative, institutional, and doctrinal dimensions of public law.

Recent Publications


Dimensions of Dignity: The Theory and Practice of Modern Constitutional Law (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law series, 2016). [Amazon] [Cambridge]

TRS Allan, (2018) 68.2 University of Toronto Law Journal 312.
Pavlos Eleftheriadis, “In Defence of Constitutional Law,” (2018) 81.1 Modern Law Review 154.

A symposium on this book will appear in the journal Jurisprudence.

Book Chapters

  • “Sovereignty as a Right and as a Duty” in Claire Finkelstein and Michael Skerker (eds) Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority (Oxford: University Press, forthcoming). [SSRN] [Academia.edu]
  • “Dignity and Autonomy” in Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, and Rüdiger Wolfrum (eds) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • “Cuando las cartas del triunfo chocan: Dworkin y la Doctrina de la Proporcionalidad” in Marcelo Alegre (ed) (forthcoming). [Academia.edu]
  • “Human Dignity and its Critics” in Gary Jacobsohn and Miguel Schor (eds) Comparative Constitutional Theory (Elgar Publishing, 2018) 167. [SSRN] [Academia.edu]

Journal Articles

  • “The Principles of Constitutional Reform” Kantian Review (forthcoming).
  • “When Trumps Clash: Dworkin and the Doctrine of Proportionality” (2017) 30 Ratio Juris 341. [SSRN][Academia.edu]
  • “Authority, Justice, and Public Law: A Unified Theory” (2014) 64 University of Toronto Law Journal 703.  [SSRN] [Academia.edu]
  • “The Modern Constitutional State: A Defense” (2014) 40 Queen’s Law Journal 165. [SSRN] [Academia.edu]