Albert Abel Professor of Law Emeritus

Jackman Law Building
Room J376
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Tel.: 416-978-4414

Professor Brudner teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Law Theory, and Hegel's Political Philosophy.  He has served as a consultant to the Canadian and Ontario Law Reform Commissions,  has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.  He is the author of The Owl and the Rooster: Hegel's Transformative Political Science, Punishment and Freedom, Constitutional Goods, and The Unity of the Common Law: Studies in Hegelian Jurisprudence, as well as numerous journal articles on a variety of topics in legal and political theory. He served as editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal from 2000 to 2007. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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B.A. (Hon.) - University of Toronto (1966)
M.A. - University of Toronto (1968)
Ph.D. - University of Toronto (1976)
LL.B. - University of Toronto, (1983)
Academic appointments
Visiting Professor, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University (2006)
Visiting Professor, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires (2003)
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1999)
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto (cross-appointed) (1984-present)
Awards and distinctions
Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2011)
Visiting Scholar, Pembroke College, Cambridge University (2010)
Herbert Smith Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University (2010)
Albert Abel Professorship in Law (2002)
Visiting Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University (1996)
Other service
Editorial Board, University of Toronto Law Journal
Editorial Board, New Criminal Law Review
Editor, University of Toronto Law Journal (2000-2007)
Consulting Editor, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
Consulting Editor, Anales de la Catedra Francisco Suarez
Selected publications

The Owl and the Rooster. Hegel's Transformative Political Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The Unity of the Common Law, with Jennifer M. Nadler (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Punishment and Freedom: A Liberal Theory of Penal Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Constitutional Goods (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

“Hegel on the Relation Between Law and Justice,” in Thom Brooks, ed., Hegel’s Philosophy of Right: Essays on Ethics, Politics, and Law (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012).

“Subjective Fault for Crime:  A Reinterpretation,” (2008) 14 Legal Theory 1-38


Research areas
Charter of Rights
Criminal Law 
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law