Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory

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

Tel.: 416-978-4297

Larissa Katz holds the Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2013, Professor Katz clerked for the late Justice Charles D. Gonthier at the Supreme Court of Canada, worked in litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (NY) and taught at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law.

Professor Katz writes about moral, political and social issues relating to private law generally and property law in particular. Her work has been published in journals such as Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Yale Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Legal Theory, Jurisprudence, University of Toronto Law Journal, McGill Law Journal and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Her work is included in anthologies such as The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law (Oxford University Press) and The Cambridge Companion to Law and Philosophy (Cambridge U. Press, forthcoming)

Professor Katz has been a visiting fellow at the John Fleming Centre for the Advancement of Legal Research at the Australian National University, a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and an HLA Hart Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Center for Ethics & Philosophy of Law, Oxford University. Professor Katz actively works on issues in law and policy in Canada and the United States. She has presented to and consulted for the Department of Justice and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on aboriginal title and the idea of property in law. Professor Katz serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement of the Law (Fourth), Property.


Yale Law School, LL.M.; J.S.D.
Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, LL.B., (Highest Distinction)
Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, B.A. (Honours Philosophy) (First Class Standing)
Awards and distinctions
Mewett Teaching Award, University of Toronto
Queen’s Law Students Society Teaching Award, Queen’s University
Viscount Bennett Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Yale Law School
Lillian Goldman Scholarship, Yale Law School
MacEachran Gold Medal in Law, University of Alberta
George H. Steer Scholarship for Highest Standing in Second Year Law, G.A. Cameron, University of Alberta
Steer Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in First Year Law, University of Alberta
Bennett Jones Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in First Year Law
Course prizes, University of Alberta (Taxation, Civil Procedure, Oil and Gas Law, Property Law)
MacEachran Gold Medal in Philosophy, University of Alberta
Ryan Styobe Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy, University of Alberta
MacEachran Humanities Scholarship, University of Alberta
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Doctoral Supervision
Professor Katz welcomes inquiries from prospective doctoral and postdoctoral students interested in property law, private law and legal theory.

Selected Publications

Katz, L (2013) “Privity and Force in the Law of Possession” in J.E. Penner & H.E. Smith, eds., The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law (OUP) (forthcoming)

Katz, L (2013) “Spite and Extortion: A Principle of Abuse of Property Right,” 122 Yale Law Journal 1444 

Katz, L (2012) “Governing Through Owners: How and Why Formal Private Property Rights Enhance State Power,’ 160 U. Pennsylvania Law Review 2030 (Symposium Issue)

Katz, L (2011) ‘Ownership and Social Solidarity,’ 17 Legal Theory 119-143

Katz, L (2008) ‘Exclusion and Exclusivity in Property Law’, 58 University of Toronto Law Journal 275-315