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Sandra Raponi

Associate Professor; Advisor for the Law, Ethics and Society Minor



Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Toronto; LL.B./J.D. University of Toronto Faculty of Law


  • PHL1000: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL2040: Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHL2060: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHL2080: Approaches to Ethics
  • PHL2500: Theories of Justice
  • PHL3010: Human Rights: Theory & Practice 
  • PHL3020: Philosophy of Law
  • PHL3030: Global Justice
  • MPA6560 Biomedical Ethics & Public Policy (Graduate Seminar)


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, international law, and human rights.
 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. 

Selected Publications:

  • “A Defense of the Human Right to Adequate Food.” Res Publica (2016). 
  • “Is Coercion Necessary for Law? The Role of Coercion in International and Domestic Law.” Washington University Jurisprudence Review (2015).
  • Book Review: “Allen Buchanan: The Heart of Human Rights.” Philosophy in Review (2015).
  • “What is Required to Institutionalize Kant’s Cosmopolitan Ideal?” Journal of International Political Theory (2014).
  • “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.” University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review (1999). 


Some of my papers are available at

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