Professor of Law and Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College, University of Toronto

Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Professor Mayo Moran obtained a B.A (1980, English and Sociology) and B.Ed. (1981) at the University of British Columbia and taught secondary school in northern British Columbia before attending law school.   She completed her LL.B. at McGill University (1990), her LL.M. at the University of Michigan (1992) and her S.J.D. at the University of Toronto (1999).  In 1995 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto and she became Associate Professor in 2000 and Full Professor in 2006. Dean Moran served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law from January 2000 to July 2003.  In 2006 she was appointed Dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto, a position she held until 2014, when she became Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinitiy College at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Moran’s research interests are in the areas of private Law, especially tort law, the relationship between public and private law, redressing historic injustice, legal theory, and equality and non-discrimination.

Prof. Moran teaches in both private and public law. She teaches torts in the first year curriculum and trusts in the upper year.  In addition she has taught courses on comparative constitutional equality, fault and responsibility, and trends in the legal profession.  Dean Moran has organized intensive weeks for the first-year class including one entitled Redressing Historic Injustice.  She also supervises students in the graduate program, including both individual students and recently a group of graduate students working on transitional justice issues in the Indian residential schools context.
Prof. Moran has published in private law, comparative constitutional law and legal theory. Her book Rethinking the Reasonable Person was published in 2003 by Oxford University Press. In 2005, she was co-editor with Prof. David Dyzenhaus of Calling Power to Account: Law, Reparations and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax Case, a book of essays published by the University of Toronto Press. Dean Moran's current academic work focuses on problems of responsibility and the interaction of private and public law.   She is currently writing on the limits and possibilities of law, particularly private law, in redressing widespread historic wrongdoing.  Dean Moran frequently speaks on these and other issues and has also organized a number of conferences on topics including equality, historic injustice and reparations, and residential schools.

Prof. Moran has worked on cases involving claims under the Charter's equality guarantee and redress for historic injustice such as the Chinese Canadian Head Tax claim.  At the University of Toronto, she has served as Chair of the Deans of Single Department Faculties, and as a member of numerous committees including the Provost's Executive Committee and the President's Special Advisory Committee on Asset Management.   Dean Moran has also served outside the University of Toronto in various capacities including as an External Reviewer of Queen’s University Faculty of Law and UBC Law School.   Since 2007 she has also been the Chair of the Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee that assists in the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Agreement. In 2011, Dean Moran was appointed Chair, Ministry of the Attorney General Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel, advising the Attorney General on the potential content of legislation against SLAPPs (strategic litigation against public participation).  In 2013, the Ontario Government appointed Dean Moran to lead a review of the province's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Research interests
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Legal Theory
Tort Law and Tort Theory