Ravi Malhotra
Ravi Malhotra
Full Professor

B.A. Joint Honours
Political Science/Law (Carleton)
M.A. International Affairs (Carleton)
LL.B. (Ottawa)
LL.M. (Harvard)
S.J.D. (University of Toronto)

57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 332
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2917


Ravi Malhotra joined the Faculty of Law in 2006. He obtained an LL.M. from Harvard in 2002, and completed his S.J.D. at the University of Toronto in 2007, having been awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the implications of globalization for labour law in the context of workers with disabilities. While he was an S.J.D. candidate in residency at the University of Toronto, Professor Malhotra was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law where he taught International Human Rights.  His primary research interests are in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Human Rights, Globalization and Disability Rights Law.

Before resuming his legal studies, Professor Malhotra articled at a boutique union side law firm in Ottawa, a firm specializing in labour and employment law and human rights. He was also a researcher for the disability rights organization, Reach, and contributed to their reports on barriers faced by law students with disabilities. He was Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001. He has published widely in a number of journals including the Journal of Law & Equality, the Harvard International Law Journal, New Politics, the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, the Manitoba Law Journal, the Ottawa Law Review, the Journal of Law & Social Policy, Socialism & Democracy, the Supreme Court Law Review, and the Alberta Law Review. He is the author of Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives: Finding A Voice of Their Own (with Morgan Rowe) (Routledge) and editor of Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell (Routledge). His SSHRC funded research  has resulted in three books with Benjamin Isitt: an anthology, Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History and the Law, released in 2017 from UBC Press; a biography of double amputee and politician E.T. Kingsley, Able to Lead: Disablement, Radicalism and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley, released in 2021 again from UBC Press; and a third book, Class Warrior, forthcoming this Fall from Athabasca University Press. In 2021, Professor Malhotra was awarded an Insight Grant to study the relationship between time and disability rights. He has a book contract with Bloomsbury Academic on disability rights, time, and the philosophy of Cornelius Castoriadis.    

Professor Malhotra is a member of the Labour Law Casebook Group which produces the Irwin Law textbook, Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentaries, widely used in Canadian law schools. He also contributed a book chapter on John Rawls and disability rights for the anthology, Critical Disability Theory: Essays in Philosophy, Politics, Policy and Law (University of British Columbia Press), edited by Richard Devlin and Dianne Pothier and another book chapter on Martha Nussbaum and the Granovsky case for The  Canadian Charter of Rights at Twenty Five (Toronto:  LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008),  edited by Joseph Magnet and Bernard Adell. An article (with Professor Robin Hansen of the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan) on Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities appeared in the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. 

Professor Malhotra is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Adjunct Professor in Critical Disability Studies at York University. He served as Vice Dean-Graduate Studies between July 2017 and January 1, 2019. He has given invited lectured numerous times including at Yale Law School, McGill Faculty of Law, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Toledo College of Law. In 2018, he served as the Program Coordinator of the global meeting of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law in Toronto. In 2017, he was proud to serve as a discussant for a panel sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)featuring Justice Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada.  Between 2014 and 2016, he served on the Research Ethics Board of Bruyere Hospital. He also served on the Board of the Canadian Law and Society Association between 2014 and 2017.  You can follow him on Twitter at @RaviMalh.