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James S. F. Wilson

Dissertation Title: TBD

Dissertation Supervisor: Professor John Ferejohn


James S. F. Wilson is a Canadian lawyer. He was educated at Harvard College (AB  magna cum laude 2000) and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (JD 2009), where he was an editor-in-chief of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Review. Before attending law school, he worked in the book publishing and film industries, in New York, and as a speechwriter to the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, prime minister of Canada. After graduating from law school, Mr. Wilson completed his articles with the constitutional law branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and joined a commercial law firm in Toronto, practicing business and regulatory dispute resolution. Mr. Wilson returned to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law as a recipient of the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Graduate Fellowship in Canadian Constitutional Law (LLM 2018) before continuing his graduate work in the legal theory program at NYU School of Law (LLM 2019). Mr. Wilson is called to the bar in Ontario and New York.


Mr. Wilson’s research bridges legal and political philosophy and legal reasoning. He is studying whether respect for dignity can provide an organizing idea for Canadian public law and politics, and how this might be secured in the forms of reasoning that courts and other state actors use to resolve legal disputes.