Sophia Moreau

Sophia Moreau, 150w




St. George,

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  • BA, University of Toronto
  • BPhil, University of Oxford
  • PhD, Harvard University
  • JD, University of Toronto

Sophia Moreau is Professor of Law and Philosophy (with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Law); a Faculty Associate at the U of T’s Centre for Ethics; and a Faculty Associate of Victoria College.  

Professor Moreau is an Associate Editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, Book Reviews Editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal, and a member of the Editorial Board of Law and Philosophy. Before coming to the University of Toronto, she clerked for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada; was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University; and was a Commonwealth Scholar at Balliol College Oxford.

Professor Moreau works on problems in moral and legal philosophy, often looking at the way in which moral questions play out in legal contexts. She has worked extensively on discrimination theory, and also on problems of normative ethics. In addition, she works on issues of fairness and social justice in tort law.

Research Interests:

Ethics, Legal Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Justice


(see Professor MoreauFaculty of Law webpage for a complete list):

Professor Moreau’s book, Faces of Inequality: A Theory of Wrongful Discrimination,” was published by Oxford University Press (Oxford Legal Philosophy Series).  For critical essays on the book, see the Book Forum published in the U of T’s C4e journal, featuring essays by Rebecca CookDeborah HellmanNiko KolodnyKasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Seana Shiffrin, as well as a “Reply to Critics” by Sophia Moreau.

Her articles have appeared in journals such as Philosophy and Public AffairsEthicsUtilitasProceedings of the Aristotelian Society, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, the University of Toronto Law Journal, and a number of other law journals in Canada, as well as in anthologies such as Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law and Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law.

Research Fellowships / Grants:

Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship, 2021-22
Weinstein Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, Spring 2022 
5 year Insight Grant, SSHRC, 2019-2024
Standard Research Grant, SSHRC, 2006-2014
Aid to Workshops Grant, SSHRC, 2011-2012
Wright Grant, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 2005-06
Emily and Charles Carrier Dissertation Prize, Harvard University, 2000
Francis Bowen Prize in Philosophy, Harvard University, 2000


Faculty of Law, Jackman Law Building (room 3029), 78 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

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Jackman Humanities Building (room 509), 170 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5R 2M8