Professor Larissa Katz
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory; Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

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

Tel.: 416-978-4297

Larissa Katz is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory. She is also the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs). She is cross-appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. 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 (NYC) 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 appears 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, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (forthcoming), Notre Dame Law Review (forthcoming). Her work is included in anthologies such as The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law (Oxford University Press), The Philosophical Foundations of Equity, The Cambridge Companion to Law and Philosophy (Cambridge U. Press). Professor Katz is currently writing People and Things: Property in the Legal Order (under contract with Oxford University Press).

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. 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.

Professor Katz is an Associate Editor of Law and Philosophy and on the advisory board of Queen’s Law Journal.

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
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant
Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory
Mewett Teaching Award, University of Toronto
Queen’s Law Students Society Teaching Award, Queen’s University
Selection for Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum (blind competition)
Viscount Bennett Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Yale Law School
Lillian Goldman Scholarship, Yale Law School
MacEachran Gold Medal in Law, University of Alberta
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.

Legal Analysis Property and Cities with Munk School

Larissa Katz on Ownership, Felipe Jimenez’s The Private Law Podcast


Selected publications

Katz, L. Equitable Remedies and “What We Have Coming to Us, 96 Notre Dame Law Review 1115 (2020)

Katz L. Ownership and Office: The Building Blocks of a Legal Order, 70 University of Toronto Law Journal 267 (2020)

Katz, L. Philosophy of Property Law, Three Ways, in J. Tasioulas, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Law and Philosophy (2020)

Katz, L (2020) “It’s Not Personal: Social Obligations in the Office of Ownership” Cornell J. of L. & Pub. Pol.  (accepted, forthcoming)

Katz, L (2019) “Conscience with a Filter”, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 11-15

Katz, L (2017) “Property’s Sovereignty”, 18 Theoretical Inq. in Law 299

Katz, L (2019) “Shares as Shares” in S. Agnew & B. McFarlane, Modern Studies in Property Law (Bloomsbury 2019)

Katz, L (2019) “Blowing Hot and Cold” in J. Oberdiek & P. Miller, eds., Civil Wrongs and Justice in Private Law (Oxford U. Press)

Katz, L. (2019) “Equity: Pathways to Legal Rights” in D. Klimchuk, I. Samet, & H.E. Smith, eds, Philosophical Foundations of Equity (Oxford U. Press)

Katz, L. (2018) “Legal Forms and Formalism” in M. Otsuka & J.E. Penner, eds, Property Theory: Legal and Political Perspectives (Cambridge U. Press)


Research areas
Equity and Trusts
Private Law Theory
Property Law