Prof. Vincent Chiao
Associate Professor

Jackman Law Building
Room J332
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Tel.: 416-978-4901

Vincent Chiao, B.A. (University of Virginia), Ph.D. (Northwestern), J.D. (Harvard), researches and teaches primarily in the area of criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular interest in the philosophical examination of its doctrine and institutions. He is the author of Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State (Oxford University Press 2018). 

See also the Law & Philosophy focus area.

B.A. - University of Virginia (1998)
Ph.D. - Northwestern (philosophy) (2006)
J.D. - Harvard Law School (2008)
Awards and distinctions
Robina Visiting Fellow, Spring 2014
Reginald F. Lewis Fellow, Harvard Law School (2008-2010)
Mewett Teaching Award, 2018
Selected publications

“Realism and the rational administration of the law in Beccaria,” forthcoming in Re-Reading Beccaria, Antje du Bois-Pedain & Shachar Eldar, eds. (Cambridge 2020)

“Capital Punishment and the Owl of Minerva,” in The Handbook of Applied Ethics and Criminal Law, Larry Alexander & Kim Ferzan, eds. (Palgrave 2019).

Fairness, Accountability and Transparency: Notes on Algorithmic Decision-making in Criminal Justice,”  International Journal of Law in Context 15(2) (June 2019): 126-139.

Predicting Proportionality: the Case for Algorithmic Sentencing,” Criminal Justice Ethics 37(3) (2018): 238-261 (peer reviewed).

Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State (Oxford University Press, 2018).

"Reply to Critics," Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 17(1) (2018): 158-175 - symposium issue dedicated to Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State.

Review essay on Antony Duff, The Realm of Criminal Law (Oxford 2018), Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 18(1) (December 2018), available at

What is the Criminal Law For?,” Law and Philosophy 2015, DOI 10.1007/s10982-015-9247-8 (peer reviewed).

"Discretion and Domination in Criminal Procedure: Reflections on Pettit," Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2015, DOI 10.1177/1470594X15599104

Mass Incarceration and the Theory of Punishment,” Criminal Law & Philosophy 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11572-015-9378-x (peer reviewed).

Research areas
Criminal Law 
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory