Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry

Assistant Professor

Member of the President's Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art, and Equity.

LL.B., B.C.L. (McGill), LL.M. (Harvard), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Tel: 604.822.0131
Office: Allard Hall, room 357


Jonas completed B.C.L. and LL.B. (with Great Distinction) from McGill University in 2004, going on to earn an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 2007 and a D.Phil in Law from Oxford University in 2014.  His dissertation was entitled “Can Social Contract Theory Fully Account for the Moral Status of Profoundly Mentally Disabled People?”  Following the completion of his B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees, he clerked under Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada and served for a year as well at the International Court of Justice under Judge Sir Kenneth Keith and Judge Peter Tomka. He worked for 15 months in the Inter-American human rights system in Argentina and Costa Rica and was a postdoctoral fellow at the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit before joining UBC.  He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships throughout his educational career, including both the Trudeau and SSHRC doctoral scholarships.  He has also held Lecturer positions in law at McGill University and the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as teaching appointments at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.  His publications include a book on freedom of expression in Latin America and articles in a number of areas, including bioethics, legal history, human and indigenous rights and family law. He has presented at academic series and conferences across North America and in the UK.


  • Canadian Constitutional Law: Charter
  • Disabilities & Law
  • Health Law
  • Issues of Equality and Social Justice
  • Jurisprudence and Critical Thinking

Representative Published Works

Beyond (Models of) Disability?, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 41: 210–228, 2016.

Dialogues démocratiques en Amérique latine. La liberté d’expression comme droit d’accès à l’espace public (Democracy Talks: Freedom of Expression as a Right of Access to the Public Sphere in Latin America) (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008). Prefaced by Louise Arbour.

A Task-Sensitive Ethics of Motivation, AJOB Neuroscience Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2015.

The Empire’s Sentinels: The Privy Council’s Quest to Balance Idealism And Pragmatism, Birkbeck Law Review Vol.1, Issue 1, 2013.

Of Apes and Men, in Planet of the Apes and Philosophy (Ed. John Huss), Open Court (2013).

La violencia policial hacia los mapuches en Chile (Police Violence Toward the Mapuches in Chile), Revista IIDH, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, Vol. 49 (2010).

La invalidez ab initio de las leyes de amnistía en América Latina: La contribución de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (The ab initio Invalidity of Amnesty Laws in Latin America), Revista General de Legislación y Jurisprudencia, Issue 1 (2010).

La desigualdad de género en el régimen matrimonial chileno (Gender Inequality in Chilean Marital Property Law), University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol.41 (2010).

Selected publications are also listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.