Malcolm Thorburn is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, the University of Toronto where he teaches criminal law and evidence law. He holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania and degrees in law from the University of Toronto and Columbia Law School. He served as Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000-2001. He has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University (2008), Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (2011), the French National Centre for Criminology (CESDIP) in Paris, France (2011) and Magdalen College, Oxford (2011-2012). Until 2012, he held the Canada Research Chair in Crime, Security, and Constitutionalism at Queen’s University.
His writing focuses on theoretical issues in and around criminal justice and constitutional theory. His work has appeared in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the University of Toronto Law Journal, and many book collections. He is the editor of two books: The Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) (with David Dyzenhaus) and The Dignity of Law (LexisNexis, 2015) (with Dwight Newman).
He is the book review editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal, an associate editor of New Criminal Law Review and a member of the editorial boards of Law and Philosophy and Criminal Law and Philosophy.