Geoffrey D. Callaghan

Geoffrey D. Callaghan, Ph.D., M.S.L.
Assistant Professor

Office: CHN 1140
Phone: 519-253-3000, ext. 2359   






Ph.D., Philosophy, McMaster University, 2014; M.S.L., Law,  University of Toronto, 2015;  M.A., Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2004

Constitutional Law; Judicial Process; Political Theory; Democratic-Institutions Theory

My research lies at the intersections of legal, political and social thought. I have published on topics ranging from judicial process, to styles of political representation, to conceptual forays into politics and the law. My current research falls under two general themes. The first examines the relations between dissenting activity and claims to political legitimacy; the second analyzes how mechanisms for dissent can aid institutions in overcoming the democracy deficits they may face.

  • POLS 1000: Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics
  • POLS 2140: Legal Process in Canada
  • POLS 2880: Harm and the Law
  • POLS 3140: Constitutional Law and Politics
  • POLS 3620: Human Rights and Global Justice
  • POLS 4880: Freedom of Expression

‘Intervenors at the Supreme Court of Canada’ in Dalhousie Law Journal 2020; 43(1).

‘What is Dissent?’ in Res Publica 2019; 25(3).

‘Non-party Participation as a (Partial) Remedy to Proceduralist Concerns Over Judicial Review’ in Legal Theory 2018; 24(4).

‘Defective, But Still Law: A Critique of Mark Murphy’s Weak Natural Law Jurisprudence’ in The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 2013; 26(2).

‘Bergson and Athleticism’ in Sports, Ethics and Philosophy 2013; 7(2).