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Sandra Raponi

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Advisor: Law, Ethics and Society Minor

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Toronto
LL.B./J.D. University of Toronto Faculty of Law


Sandra Raponi’s areas of specialization include political philosophy,
 philosophy of law, moral philosophy, and applied ethics. She is particularly interested in issues relating to global justice and international law.
 After completing her law degree, she interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.  Before joining Merrimack College, she was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of British Columbia.
 She has also taught at the University of Toronto and York University’s Glendon College.

Publications include:

  • “What is Required to Institutionalize Kant’s Cosmopolitan Ideal?” Journal of International Political Theory (2014).
  • “Grounding a Cause of Action for Torture in Transnational Law” in Craig
 Scott (ed.) Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001).
  • Jennifer Llewellyn & Sandra Raponi, “The Protection of Human Rights Through International Criminal Law: A Conversation with Madam Justice Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda” (1999) 357 (1) University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 8.

Presentations include:

  • “Defending The Right to Adequate Food.” Boston College Department of Philosophy’s Annual Contemporary Philosophy Workshop: Issues in Applied Political Philosophy and Ethics.  October 12, 2013. 
  • “The Right to Adequate Food.”  The 30th International Social Philosophy Conference (Theme: Food), Quinnipiac University, CT.  July 11-13, 2013.
  • “Kant’s Unrealizable Cosmopolitan Ideal.” Ideas and the Ideal in Kant Conference, Bogazici University Department of Philosophy, Istanbul, May 23-26 2012.
  • “Understanding the Connection Between Law and Coercion: The Case of International Law” The Fall 2011 Speaker Series in Applied Ethics by the Philosophy Department at UMass Boston. October 26, 2011. 
  • “Is International Law Really Law? The Problem of Enforcement.”  Practical Ethics in Question Workshop at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  April 21-22, 2010.


Courses Taught:                             

PHL1000: Introduction to Philosophy                                  

PHL2040: Introduction to Political Philosophy                      

PHL2060: Biomedical Ethics

PHL2080: Approaches to Ethics

PHL2500: Theories of Justice

PHL3020: Philosophy of Law

PHL3030: Global Justice

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