Michael  Law-Smith

Michael Law-Smith, 150w


Graduate Student


St. George,


  • BA (Honors), University of British Columbia (Philosophy)
  • MA, Western University (Philosophy)
  • MA, University of Toronto (Political Science)

Michael is a joint JD/PhD student and Canada Graduate Scholar in the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Law. He is interested in questions at the intersection of legal, political, and moral philosophy. Currently, his research focuses on issues in criminal law and tort law theory. He maintains strong interests in other topics in normative philosophy, including relational equality, intergenerational justice, and animal ethics.

Before joining the JD/PhD program, Michael completed a BA (honours) in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, an MA in Philosophy from Western University, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. At the Faculty of Law, he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review and a caseworker in the criminal defence division of the Faculty’s community legal aid clinic, Downtown Legal Services. In 2023-2024, he will be clerking for Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Research Interests:

Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy