Associate Professor

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

Tel.: 416-946-5770

Douglas Sanderson was managing editor of the inaugural edition of the Indigenous Law Journal in 2002 while a student in the JD program.  He went on to get his LL.M from Columbia University. Prof. Sanderson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and he has been deeply engaged in Aboriginal issues from a policy perspective. From 2004-2007 he was a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario, first in the Office of the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and later, to the Attorney General. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During this time, he organized the highly successful 2008 Summit on Aboriginal Economic Development with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. 

Prof. Sanderson's research areas include Aboriginal and legal theory, as well as private law (primarily property law) and public and private legal theory. His work uses the lens of material culture and property theory to examine the nature of historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and possible avenues for redress. Moving beyond the framework of common law property rights and constitutional land/treaty rights, his scholarship focuses on Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community.

Education
B.A. (Hon) - Simon Fraser University (1998)
J.D. - University of Toronto (2003)
LL.M. - Columbia University (2004)
Academic appointments
Faculty Advisor, Aboriginal Law Students Association (2007-Present)
Visiting scholar, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2007-2009)
Awards and distinctions
Students Law Society Partnership Award, University of Toronto (2009-2010)
Canada US Fulbright Scholar, Columbia University (2003-2004)
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University (2003-2004)
Other info

Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Research interests
Aboriginal Law
Canadian Constitutional Law
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law

Publications