Graham Mayeda
Graham Mayeda
Full Professor

M.A. (Philosophy, Toronto)
Ph.D. (Philosophy, Toronto)
J.D. (Toronto)

57 Louis Pasteur St. Room 340
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2915
Office Fax: 613-562-5124


Graham Mayeda joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 2005. His current research focuses on criminal law, private law, administrative law, legal theory, and the impact of international law on sustainable development.

Graham began his academic career in philosophy, in which he received both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. His work in this area focuses primarily on the philosophy of Japanese philosophers Nishida Kitarō, Watsuji Tetsurō and Kuki Shūzō. He also writes about Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, European phenomenology (esp. Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger), and Neo-Kantianism.

Graham’s legal career began at the University of Toronto, where he completed his J.D. in 2004. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004-2005, and he was called to the Bar of Ontario in July of 2005.

Graham is interested in the impact of cultural, socio-economic, racial and gender difference in Canadian criminal and private law. He has written about the nature of common law reasoning, both in private and public law. He has studied the law of social protest, with a focus on protests involving the protection of the environment and the rights of Indigenous People.

After teaching a course on administrative law for many years, Graham began studying methods for applying the reasonableness standard of review. He is also interested in the normative foundations of administrative law more generally.

Graham has recently begun research on artificial intelligence (AI) and the law. He is particularly interested in the ability of AI models to make legal judgments and to give legal advice.

Graham is also very involved in legal advocacy. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC). ISAC is a legal aid clinic established by Legal Aid Ontario in 2001 to conduct test-case litigation for low-income residents of Ontario ( Graham has also been involved in litigation on behalf of the uOttawa-Ecojustice Legal Clinic.

Graham was an assistant Crown attorney in Ottawa. He also conducts criminal appeals.

In his spare time, Graham practices watercolour, Japanese calligraphy and photography. He likes to swim, bike and do yoga. He also practices at the Enpuku-ji Zen Centre in Montreal.

To read some of my publications, please visit my SSRN page.



Journal articles and book chapters:

Book Reviews

  • Review of Daniel E. Lee and Elizabeth J. Lee, Human Rights and the Ethics of Globalization  (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010) in [2010] Canadian Yearbook of International Law 594-607.