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Sandra Raponi, J.D., Ph.D.

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


Dr. 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, 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. 


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto
J.D.,University of Toronto Faculty of Law
LL.B., 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)
  • Honors- Introduction to Philosophy
  • Honors- Biomedical Ethics


Selected Publications

“Food Security as a Human Rights Issue.” In Christopher Bosso (ed.) Feeding Cities: Improving Local Food Access, Security, and Sovereignty. (Routledge, 2017). 

“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).

“Meaning and Melancholia in Beckett’s Endgame.Journal of Social and Political Thought (2003).

“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). 

Recent Presentations and Works in Progress

“The Dark Side of the Internet: Cyberharassment and Freedom of Speech”

“Refugees: Justice and Compassion” 

“The Legitimacy of International Law and Institutions of Global Governance”

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