The University of Windsor is preparing for a safe return to campus. Learn More.

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, 2018), 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. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. 

Many of his publications can be found at his SSRN author's page:

Recent Publications

  • "The Protocols of the Elder Trudeau: A Canadian Conspiracy Theory",  Literary Review of  Canada (forthcoming, Aug. 2020).

  • Indigenous Spirituality and Religious Freedom (UTP, forthcoming) (co-edited with Beverly Jacobs and Jeffery Hewitt)

  • "Ktunaxa v. BC and the Shape of Religious Freedom" in B. Jacobs, J. Hewiit, and R. Moon, eds., Indigenous Spirituality and Religious Freedom (UTP, forthcoming)

  • “The Conscientious Objection of Medical Practitioners to the CPSO’s Effective Referral Requirement”, 29(1) Constitutional Forum (May 2020).

  • “Conscientious Objection and the Politics of Cake-Baking”,  9 Oxford J. of Law and Religion (2020). 

  • "Pierre Trudeau and the Separation of Law and Religion" in N. Karazivan and J. Leclair, The Legacy of Pierre Trudeau (Lexis/Nexis, forthcoming)

  • "Does Freedom of Expression have a Future?" in E. Macfarlane ed., Dilemmas of Free Expression (U of T Press, forthcoming).

  • "Trinity Western Univ. v. LSBC: Complicated Answers to a Simple Question"  94 Supreme Court Law Review 335 (2019).

  • “Free Speech Controversies on Campus", Academic Matters (Fall, 2018)

  • “The Demise of Free Speech”,  28 Constitutional Forum 1 (2019)

  • Dolphin Delivery and the Court’s Loss of Confidence”, 39 National Journal of Constitutional Law 123 (2019).

  • “Conscience in the Image of Religion” in John Adenitire (ed.), Religious Beliefs and Conscientious Exemptions in a Liberal State (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2019).


Recent Invited Presentations

  • “The Invented Crisis: Universities and the Demise of Free Speech”, Keynote Address, Annual Conference, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (UK), University of Warwick, February 2020. 

  • “Freedom of Religion”, Panel, Huron College, London ON, February, 2020. 

  • “Are Limits on Religious Expression Becoming a Trend in Canada”, Panel, Assumption University, Windsor, February 2020.

  • "Modern outlines of free speech and hate speech" Panel, Annual Diversity Conference, RODA and OBA, Toronto, December 2019.

  • “Pierre Trudeau and the Separation of Civic and Spiritual Life”, The Legacy of Pierre Trudeau, University of Montreal, November 2019.

  • “Does Freedom of Expression Have a Future?”, Freedom of Expression in Canada, University of Waterloo, October 2019.


In the News

Quoted in CBC on-line story about the sale of Nazi memorabilia, July 24, 2020,

Op-ed in Toronto Star, “Harper’s Magazine Letter Exposes the Crisis in Our Public Discourse”, Toronto Star, July 13, 2020,

Panelist discussing academic freedom and the Kathleen Lawrey case on "Canadian Justice", The News Forum, June 25, 2020 

Quoted in CBC Online News story about a store selling Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia, June 19, 2020

Quoted in National Post story about on-line counterspeech, Jan. 4, 2020,

Quoted in St John's Chronicle Telegraph story about letters to the editor and the firing of Don Cherry, Nov. 16, 2019

Interviewed on CBC Alberta about threatening lawn signs, Oct. 4, 2019

Quoted in Canadian Press story, published in the Globe & Mail, National Post, and other papers, about a nurse who was disciplined by her professional association for criticizing other health care professionals on facebook, Sept. 16, 2018,

Quoted in Le Devoir story about the removal of a Liberal candidate becuse of posts alleged to be anti-Semitic, Sept. 5, 2019,

Quoted in Halifax Chronicle Herald story about anti-immigation billboard, Sept. 2, 2019,

Quoted in National Post story about human rights code complaint concerning waxing services, Aug. 6 2019, 

Quoted in Edmonton Star story about whether the anti-abortion film "Unplanned" amounts to hate speech,  July 12, 2019,

Quoted in Maclean's story about a restaurant chain's  offer of free meals to Cdn. citizens on Canada Day, July 1, 2019,


Blog Posts/ Ryerson Centre for Free Expression

“Revisiting the Maclean’s Human Rights Code Complaint”  

“Are there limits to the criticism or ridicule of religion” 

"More on compelled speech: compulsory union dues"

"State compelled expression: two recent cases" 

"Free speech on campus" 

"Two sides in the debate: racist demonstrations" 

"Can an attack on belief amount to hate speech?"

"BDS advocacy, antisemitism and free speech" 

"Donald Trump and public discourse" 

"The demise of freedom expression" 

File Attachments: