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Philosophy

Sandra Raponi

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Toronto
LL.B./J.D. University of Toronto Faculty of Law
B.A. Philosophy, History & Political Science, University of Toronto

 

Sandra Raponi’s areas of specialization include political philosophy,
philosophy of law, moral philosophy, and applied ethics. She is particularly interested in issues relating to global justice and international law.
After completing her law degree, she interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.  Before joining Merrimack College, she was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of British Columbia.
She has also taught at the University of Toronto and York University’s Glendon College.

Dissertation: The Global Rule of Law: Between a State of Nature and a World State

Publications include:

  • “What’s Wrong With a World State? Kant’s Conception of State Sovereignty and His Argument for a Voluntary Federation of States.” Law and Peace in Kant’s Philosophy: Proceedings of the Tenth International Kant Congress (2008).
  • “Grounding a Cause of Action for Torture in Transnational Law” in Craig
    Scott (ed.) Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001).
  • Jennifer Llewellyn & Sandra Raponi, “The Protection of Human Rights Through International Criminal Law: A Conversation with Madam Justice Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda” (1999) 357 (1) University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 8.

Presentations Include:

  • “Is International Law Really Law? The Problem of Enforcement.” Practical Ethics in Question Workshop, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (April 22, 2010).
  • “What’s Wrong With a World State? Kant’s Conception of State Sovereignty in His Argument for a Voluntary Federation of States.” Tenth International Kant Congress at the University of São Paulo (September 2005).
  • “Kant, State Sovereignty, and the Idea of a World State.” Canadian Philosophical Association’s Annual Congress at the University of Western Ontario (May 2005).