Laverne Jacobs, PhD
Full Professor 

Laverne Jacobs is a full Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and a former Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies). She teaches, researches and writes in the areas of disability rights law, administrative law, human rights law, and administrative justice. Her work is characterized by an interest in the everyday work of the administrative justice system and in the lived experiences of the people who use it. Dr. Jacobs has held public appointments on boards, committees and tribunals.  She has published and presented widely in her fields, both in Canada and internationally. Dr. Jacobs is the recipient of a number of awards including the Canadian Bar Association Touchstone Award (2021) and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Academic Excellence Award (2022).

Dr. Jacobs founded and directs The Law, Disability & Social Change Project,  a research and public advocacy centre at Windsor Law that works to foster and develop inclusive communities. She also currently serves as Co-Director of the Disability Rights Working Group at Berkeley Law’s Center for Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Income Security Advocacy Centre and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

In June 2022, Professor Jacobs was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by countries that have ratified it. UN CRPD Committee members are independent experts selected from countries around the globe. Dr. Jacobs is the first-ever Canadian to be elected to serve on the United Nations CRPD Committee, and her election is historic for that reason.

Select Publications

Laverne Jacobs, “Access to Post-secondary Education in Canada for Students with Disabilities” (2023) International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.

Mark Bell and Laverne Jacobs, "Guest editors' introduction: Inclusive post-secondary education and persons with disabilities" (2023)  23 International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.

Laverne Jacobs and Sule Tomkinson, "Examining the Social Security Tribunal’s Navigator Service: Access to Administrative Justice for Marginalized Communities" (Research Report, 2022).

Laverne Jacobs, "Ward: A Missed Opportunity for the Supreme Court of Canada to Denounce Bullying of Children with Disabilities and to Promote Substantive Equality", (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, Nov. 26, 2021).



Laverne Jacobs, Ruby Dhand, David Ireland, Richard Jochelson, Freya Kodar and Odelia Bay, Law and Disability in Canada: Cases and Materials (Lexis-Nexis, 2021).

Laverne Jacobs, Martin Anderson, Rachel Rohr, Tom Perry, The Annotated Accessible Canada Act (2021) - published open access on CanLII and on the Law, Disability & Social Change Project website.

Laverne Jacobs & Sasha Baglay, eds., The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes: Global Perspectives (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2013) 416pp.

Laverne A. Jacobs & Justice Anne L. Mactavish., eds., Dialogue Between Courts and Tribunals – Essays in Administrative Law and Justice (2001-2007) (Montreal: Les Éditions Thémis, 2008) 398pp. (Full-text available here)


Articles and Book Chapters

Laverne Jacobs, "The Universality of the Human Condition: Theorizing Transportation Inequality Claims by Persons with Disabilities in Canada 1976-2016" (2018) 7 Canadian Journal of Human Rights pp. 35-66.

Laverne Jacobs, "The Dynamics of Independence, Impartiality, and Bias in the Canadian Administrative State​" in Administrative Law in Context, 3d edition, Colleen M. Flood & Lorne Sossin eds. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018).

Laverne Jacobs, "‘Humanizing’ Disability Law:  Citizen Participation in the Development of Accessibility Regulations in Canada" (2016) Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts, pp. 93-120.

Laverne Jacobs,  "The Accessibility for Manitobans Act: Ambitions and Achievements in Antidiscrimination and Citizen Participation," (2016) Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Vol 5, No 4 , pp. 1-24 (with Britney DeCosta and ​Victoria Cino)​.

Laverne Jacobs, "From Rawls to Habermas: Toward A Theory of Grounded Impartiality  in Canadian Administrative Law" (2014) 51(2) Osgoode Hall Law Journal 543-594.