Professor Emeritus Bruce Chapman
Professor Emeritus

Jackman Law Building
Room J426
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 

Tel.: 416-978-6911

Bruce Chapman is a Professor of Law and a former editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate in economics from Cambridge University. Prior to attending law school Professor Chapman served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and as Associate for Law and Philosophy at the Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values. In 1991-92 he was appointed a John M. Olin Faculty Fellow at the Yale Law School and since then has held visiting appointments at the University of Virginia School of Law (1995), Oxford University (1995 and 2008), the Australian National University (1996), the University of Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires (2000 and 2001), the University of Louvain in Belgium (2001), and the National University of Singapore (2007). In 2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and during his 2018-19 sabbatical leave he was the Oliver Smithies Lecturer and Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and the Neil MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

His principal teaching and scholarly interests are in Tort Law, Legal Theory, Decision Theory and Rational Choice, Law and Economics, and Corporate Law, and he has published widely in each of these areas. In 1996, and again in 2001, Professor Chapman was awarded Connaught Research Grants from the University of Toronto to conduct research into theories of rational decision-making.

B.A. - Carleton University (1973)
LL.B. - University of Toronto (1987)
Ph.D. - Cambridge University (1979)
Academic appointments
Neil MacCormick Visiting Fellow, School of Law, University of Edinburgh (2019)
Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Balliol College, Oxford University (2018-19)
Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University (2013)
Fowler Hamilton Senior Visiting Fellow, Christ Church College, Oxford University (2008)
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Institute for Law and Rationality, School of Law, University of Minnesota (2007)
Distinguished Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2007)
Hoover Fellow, Chaire Hoover d’Ethique Economique et Sociale, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2001)
Visiting Professor and Lecturer, School of Law, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000, 2001)
Visiting Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, (1996)
John M. Olin Visiting Professor in Law and Economics, University of Virginia (1995)
John M. Olin Visiting Faculty Fellow, Yale Law School (1991-92)
Selected publications

"Moral Consensus, Rights, and Efficiency in the Economic Analysis of Law" 40 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2020) 1- 27


“Incommensurability, Proportionality, and Defeasibility” 12 Law, Probability, and Risk (2013) 259 - 74

“Defeasible Rules and Interpersonal Accountability” in J. Ferrer & G.B. Ratti (eds.) The Logic of Legal Requirements: Essays on Defeasibility (Oxford University Press 2012).

“Ernie’s Three Worlds” 61 University of Toronto Law Journal (2011) 179-90. (download article)

“Rational Association and Corporate Responsibility” in Lorenzo Sacconi et al eds., Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance (Palgrave MacMillan 2011).

“Preference, Pluralism, and Proportionality” 60 University of Toronto Law Journal (2010) 177-196. (download article)

“Leading you Down the Choice Path: Persuasion as Collective Rationality” 35 Queen’s Law Journal  (2009) 327 – 358. (download article)

Research areas
Economic Analysis of Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal Theory
Moral Philosophy
Political Philosophy and Theory
Tort Law and Tort Theory