49 Appointment of Professor Mayo Moran Dean Faculty of Law

PDAD&C #49, 2005-06


FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: December 8, 2005
RE: Appointment of Professor Mayo Moran, Dean, Faculty of Law


I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Mayo Moran as Dean, Faculty of Law, effective January 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011.

Professor Moran is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She served as Associate Dean from January 2000 to June 2002. Professor Moran completed her LL.B. at McGill University and subsequently obtained an LL.M. from the University of Michigan and an S.J.D from the University of Toronto. During her term as Associate Dean, Professor Moran undertook major curricular changes including the introduction of problem-based intensive weeks for the entire first year class. She oversaw innovations in the first year program including the introduction of first year electives such as transnational law, introduction to civil law and feminism and the law. She worked on diversity initiatives, implemented the introduction of a laptop policy, and worked on the expansion of the clinical programs and their integration into the academic program.

Professor Moran’s primary teaching areas are in private law, comparative constitutional law and legal theory. She has published in comparative constitutional law, private law, and legal and feminist theory. Her book Rethinking the Reasonable Person was published in 2003 by Oxford University Press. This fall University of Toronto Press published a volume which she co-edited with Professor David Dyzenhaus entitled Calling Power to Account: Law, Reparations and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax Case. Professor Moran's current work focuses on how our practices and theories of responsibility come to terms with discrimination. She is engaged in a project on reparations theory and transitional justice that examines the limits and possibilities of law, particularly private law, in redressing widespread historic wrongdoing. Professor Moran has also worked on litigation involving the equality guarantee under the Charter and, most recently, the Chinese Canadian Head Tax claim.

Professor Moran is currently a member of the Academic Board and the Academic Appeals Committee of Governing Council at the University. She has acted as Chair of the Tribunal Selection Committee for the University and the Appointments, Curriculum and Accessibility Committees within the Faculty of Law. She has also organized the Feminism and the Law Workshop and is currently running the Legal Theory Workshop.

Professor Moran has demonstrated a strong commitment to the student experience throughout her academic career. This combined with her background as an accomplished teacher and scholar will serve the faculty well in the coming years.

Finally, on behalf of the entire University community, I would like to thank Professor Brian Langille for his service as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Law from July 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005.