Andrew Botterell


Associate Professor - Department Chair
Joint Appointment with Faculty of Law

Philosophy of Law, Metaphysics
BA McGill; PhD MIT; JD Toronto

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85764
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 3145

My primary teaching and research interests are in philosophy of law and metaphysics. In metaphysics I am interested in questions about essentialism, freewill, and responsibility. In philosophy of law, I am interested in the basis of liability in both criminal and private law. I also have philosophical interests in procreation and parenting.

I am happy to supervise students working in philosophy of law.

Recent publications 

"Logical Form and the Vernacular Revisited" (with R. Stainton) Mind and Language (forthcoming).

"Why Gametes Are Not Like Enriched Uranium" Bioethics 30:9 (2016): 741-750.

"Tate & Lyle: Pure Economic Loss and the Modern Tort of Public Nuisance" (with J. Neyers) Alberta Law Review 53:4 (2016): 1031-1050.

"Rights, Loss, and Compensation in the Law of Torts," 69 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) (2015): 135-164.

"A Hague Convention on Contract Pregnancy (or 'Surrogacy'): Avoiding Ethical Inconsistencies with the Convention on Adoption" (with C. McLeod), International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 7:2 (2014): 219-235.

"Reconciling the Principled Approach to Hearsay with the Rule of Law," 65 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) (2014): 145-168.

"Not For the Faint of Heart: Assessing the Status Quo on Adoption and Parental Licensing" (with Carolyn McLeod), in F. Baylis and C. McLeod, eds., Family Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges (Oxford: OUP, 2014): 151-167.