Prof. Christopher Essert
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, JD Program

Flavelle House
Room FL342
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Tel.: 416-946-8382

Christopher Essert, BA (McGill), JD (Toronto), LLM, JSD (Yale Law School) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and the Associate Dean of the JD Program. He teaches and researches in private law, property and tort theory, and legal and political philosophy.

His work has appeared in journals including Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Law and Philosophy, Jurisprudence, the McGill Law Journal, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. His main current research project is a book on property law and theory, defending an account of property law and its relation to equality.

Professor Essert serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement of the Law (Fourth), Property and has  participated in consultations regarding the National Housing Strategy. He is also a Faculty Affiliate at the School of Cities.

Prior to joining the UofT Faculty of Law, Professor Essert was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, and a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He also served as law clerk to Justice Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada, and articled at Paliare Roland LLP.

JSD, Yale Law School, 2011
LLM, Yale Law School, 2008
JD, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2005
BA, McGill University, 2001
Academic appointments
Visiting Professor, UCLA School of Law, 2017
Queen’s University Faculty of Law, 2010-2018
Selected publications

Thinking Like a Private Lawyer” 68 University of Toronto Law Journal166 (2018)

Property and Homelessness” 44 Philosophy and Public Affairs 266 (2016)

Nuisance and the Normative Boundaries of Ownership” 52 Tulsa Law Review 85 (2016)

Legal Powers in Private Law” 21 Legal Theory 136 (2015)

Property in Licenses and the Law of Things” 59 McGill Law Journal 559 (2014)

Research areas
Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law
Intellectual Property Law
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory