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Thomas, Jean

Assistant Professor

Queen's University, Queen's Law, Canada


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

New York University, United States


I received my B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where I also completed my J.D. I received my doctoral degree in law, as well as my L.L.M, from New York University.
My main interest is in the area of legal philosophy, and in rights theory in particular.
My doctoral research was grounded in the question of which private actors should, under what circumstances, bear the burdens associated with public law rights. My dissertation, titled Public Rights, Private Relations, explored the possibility of human rights enforcement in private litigation, and the relationship between human rights and private obligations.
I have been a Post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford’s Bowen H. McCoy Center for Ethics in Society since 2010. In my post-doctoral work at Stanford, I am developing several projects in the area of human rights theory such as human rights in the private sphere, and the relationship between human rights and property rights, as well as in tort theory.
I designed and taught a course here at Stanford called 'Human Rights and Moral Questions,' about the intersection between human rights and ethical issues such as cultural diversity and democratic governance.
I am also working on a project related to cultural norms in liberal society. I have also supervised a number of senior thesis students in the Honors Program in Ethics in Society.
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