Douglas Sanderson

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Toronto)
Research Interests: 
Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community



Sanderson, Douglas. “Redressing the Right Wrong: The Argument From Corrective Justice”. University of Toronto Law Journal 62.1 (2012): 93-132.


Sanderson, Douglas. “Against Suppression”. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 24.1 (2011): 155-182.




Sanderson, Douglas. Contemporary Aboriginal Law and the Theory of Property. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2009.


Douglas Sanderson was managing editor of the inaugural edition of the Indigenous Law Journal in 2002 while a student in the JD program.  He went on to get his LL.M from Columbia University. Prof. Sanderson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and he has been deeply engaged in Aboriginal issues from a policy perspective. From 2004-2007 he was a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario, first in the Office of the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and later, to the Attorney General. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Prof. Sanderson’s research areas include Aboriginal and legal theory, as well as private law (primarily property law) and public and private legal theory. Moving beyond the framework of common law property rights and constitutional land/treaty rights, his scholarship focuses on Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community.


B.A. (Hon) – Simon Fraser University (1998)

J.D. – University of Toronto (2003)

LL.M. – Columbia University (2004)