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Lesley Jacobs

Distinguished Scholar; Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-United States Relations

Professional affiliation

Director and Professor, Law and Society/Political Science and Institute for Social Research, York University, Canada.

Wilson Center Projects

"The Impact of New Opportunities for International Legal Mobilization by Nonstate Actors on Canada-United States Relations: Mapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership"

Full Biography

Les Jacobs is Professor of Law & Society and Political Science and Director of the Institute for Social Research at York University. He is also the past Executive Director and now Senior Research Fellow of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, a pan-Canadian access to justice NGO housed at Osgoode Hall Law School. Currently, he is the Fulbright Research Chair at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He completed his PhD at Oxford University. He has also held a range of visiting appointments including at University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Law School, University of British Columbia, Wolfson College, Oxford, Emory University, Waseda Law School, and the Law Commission of Canada. He is the author of numerous books including Rights and Deprivation (Oxford University Press, 1993, ebook edition 2012), The Democratic Vision of Politics (Simon & Schuster, 1997), Pursuing Equal Opportunities: The Theory and Practice of Egalitarian Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society (Irwin Law Books, 2012), Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Privacy Rights in the Global Digital Economy: Legal Problems and Canadian Paths to Justice (Irwin Law Books, 2014).

Major Publications

Linking Global Trade and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Privacy Rights in the Global Digital Economy (Irwin Law Books, 2014)

Pursuing Equal Opportunities (Cambridge University Press, 2012)