Richard Moon, Professor of Law


Richard Moon is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor. His research focuses on freedom of expression and freedom of conscience and religion. He is the author of Putting Faith in Hate: When Religion is the Source or Target of Hate Speech (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming), Freedom of Conscience and Religion (Irwin Law, 2014), The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Expression (U of T Press, 2000), and Report to the Canadian Human Rights Commission Concerning Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Regulation of Hate Speech on the Internet (CHRC, 2008), editor of Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada (UBC Press, 2008), co-editor of Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016) and contributing editor to Canadian Constitutional Law (3rd, 4th, and 5th editions) (Emond-Montgomery, 2006, 2010. 2016). He has been the recipient of both the law school and university-wide teaching awards as well as the Mary Lou Dietz Award for contributions to the advancement of equity in the university and community. He has held a number of academic positions including President of the Canadian Law and Society Assn. 

His recent publications can be found at his SSRN author's page:

Recent Publications

  • Putting Faith in Hate: When Religion is the Source or Target of Hate Speech, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

  • "The Regulation of Blasphemy and Religious Insult in Canada” in Andras Koltay and Jeroen Temperman eds., Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression after the Charlie Hebdo Massacre (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).

  • “Limits on Rights: The Marginal Role of Proportionality Analysis”, 50 Israel Law Review 1 (2017).

  • “The Requirement of Religious Neutrality: Civic Action and Institutional Autonomy” in B. Bussey and I. Benson, The Public and Private Place of Religion (Brill, forthcoming 2017).

  • Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016) (co-edited with Benjamin Berger).

  • "Conscientious Objections by Civil Servants:  The Case of Marriage Commissioners and Same Sex Civil Marriages" in B. Berger and R. Moon (eds), Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016).

  • "Neutrality and Prayers: Mouvement laique v. Saguenay", 4  Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (2015).

  • "The Accreditation of Trinity Western University's Law School", Law Matters, Summer 2015 (

  • "The Limits of Religious Equality in Canada" in Alvin Carling ed., The Social Equality of Religion or Belief (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

  • Freedom of Conscience and Religion (Irwin Law, 2014).  (Preface Available) 

  • “Religious Accommodation and Its Limits:  The York University Case”, 23 Constitutional Forum (2014).

  •  “Law and Religion in Canada” in Gerhard Robbers and Cole Durham eds.,  Encyclopedia of Law and Religion (co-authored with Heather MacIvor) (Brill, 2014). 

Recent Invited Presentations

  • "What happens when the assumptions underlying our commitment to free speech no longer hold?", Saint Joseph's University, Beirut, March 2017. 

  • “Should the TWU law program be accredited?”,  Debate sponsored by the Runnymede Society, Windsor, November 2016.

  • “Should Catholic hospitals be exempted from providing assistance in dying?”, Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying, Ottawa, Oct 2016.

  • “The state of hate speech regulation in Canada”, Annual Conference, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Toronto, October, 2016.

  • “Should civil marriage commissioners be exempted from performing same-sex marriages?” Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, Sept. 2016

  • Religion and the Rule of Law: Summer Certificate Program”, Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law, Peking University, Beijing, China, July 2016 (Member of international teaching team).

  • “Religion and Hate Speech: The Case of Anti-Muslim Speech", Political Science and Law Seminar,  McGill University, January 2016.


In the News

Quoted in The Walrus, April 24, 2017, "The Real Threat to Free Speech"

Quoted in Toronto Star, Feb 27, 2017,  "Why Hate Crimes are Hard to Prosecute",

Quoted in Toronto Star, Feb 14, 2017, "Conservatives are Divided on Anti-Islamophobia Motion"

Op-ed, “First Nations Smudging Ceremony does not Infringe Religious Freedom”, Vancouver Sun, 2016/11/26

Quoted in Toronto Star article discussing the BC Court of Appeal decision re Trinity Western University's law program, 2016/11/5

Quoted in National Post article discussing the regulation of offensive costumes by universities, 2016/10/16

Quoted in Globe and Mail article discussing public funded Catholic hospitals and physician assisted death, 2016/03/04