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Education CV


 LLM   University of Western Ontario (2012)

 JD   University of Western Ontario (2011)

 BA (Philosophy)   University of Western Ontario (1990)


Awards & Scholarships:

 2010-2011       Law Foundation of Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship

 2009-2010       Dean Ivan C. Rand Award (for meritorious academic standing throughout the undergraduate years on law, and outstanding contributions in the service of the undergraduate students of the Faculty of Law)


Teaching Experience:

Supervisor, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, Michaelmas Term 2014 (Family Law)

Lecturer, Pembroke-Kings Summer Programme, 2015 & 2016 (Introduction to English Common Law)

Guest-Lecturer, University of East Anglia Law School, November 2016 (Comparative Law)


Fields of research

Statutory Interpretation, Legal Process, Comparative Law, Legal History and Jurisprudence


The Legacy of Anglo-American Textualism


Textualism is the doctrine of statutory interpretation championed by the late Justice Scalia, as well as a small but noteworthy collection of judges at the US federal courts. While it presents itself as a modern American phenomenon, this doctrine was developed in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, and its development can be observed in the treatises on statutory interpretation published around that time in England and America. Textualism is an Anglo-American Victorian doctrine. Furthermore, the doctrine fell out of favour in the US early in the 20th century, but became entrenched in England as the orthodox approach to statutory interpretation, where it was effectively law from 1906 until approximately 1980.


Professor John Bell


Professors David Feldman, and Neil Duxbury.

Representative Publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

The Evolution of Hansard Use at the Supreme Court of Canada, vol 33 Statute Law Review, 363-389

The Controversial Intellectual Giant of Our Time: A Note on the Late Justice Antonin Scalia, vol 45 Common Law World Review, 257-267

Millar v. Taylor as a Precedent for Statutory Interpretation, Common Law World Review (passed peer review, not yet published)

Debunking Millar v. Taylor: The History of the Prohibition of Legislative History, Statute Law Review (passed peer review, not yet published)

Conference Papers and Presentations:

The Legacy of English Textualism (presented at the British Association of Comparative Law PhD Workshop, April 2015, University of East Anglia)

English Textualism and the Anglo-American Legal Scholars (presented at the Society of Legal Scholars Conference, October 2016, University of Oxford)

The Perception and Practice of Statutory Interpretation in the Era of English Textualism (presented to the Tax Law Discussion Group, November 2016, University of Cambridge)

Textualism: The Jurisprudence of the Late Justice Antonin Scalia (presented to the Legal Theory Discussion Group, March 2017, University of Cambridge)

Law, Literature and Textualism (presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2017, Newcastle University)

English and American Textualism (presented at the American Society of Comparative Law, Young Comparativists Conference, April 2017, Koç University, Istanbul)

The Ideological Ambiguity of Common Law Textualism (presented at the Centre for Legal Education and Social Theory, International Workshop on Law and Ideology, May 2017, University of West Timișoara)

The Textualist Orthodoxy of the Victorian Treatise on Statute Law (presented to the Legal History Discussion Group, May 2017, University of Cambridge)

Textualism: The Jurisprudence of the Late Justice Antonin Scalia (presented at the IVR World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Special Workshop on Language and Law, June 2017, Lisbon, Portugal)

The Nature of Doctrinal Legal Theories (presented at the SLS Conference, September 2017, University College Dublin)








Start Date

Oct 2013

End date

Oct 2018