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Jean Thomas

Queens University

Jean Thomas came to Stanford after receiving her B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her J.D.; she also received her doctoral degree in law, as well as her L.L.M, from New York University.  Thomas’ main interests are in the area of legal philosophy, and in rights theory in particular. Her doctoral research was grounded in the question of which private actors should, under which circumstances, bear the burdens associated with public law rights; her dissertation explored the possibility of human rights enforcement in private litigation, and the relationship between human rights and private obligations.

While at Stanford, Thomas taught “Human Rights and Moral Questions” and developed several projects in the area of human rights theory such as human rights in the private sphere, and the relationship between human rights and property rights.