Larissa Katz

Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory

Tier 2 - 2014-10-01
Renewed: 2019-10-01
University of Toronto
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Considering the place of private law in the larger legal-political order.

Research relevance

This research will reveal new and compelling ways to think about relations between state and private rights holders.

A new theory of equity in private law

Dr. Larissa Katz, Canada Research Chair in Private Law Theory, is working to develop a new and original theory of equity. Equity raises fundamental questions about the relationships between law and morality and the nature of rights.

Katz’s main objective is to explain the “how, when and why” of equitable intervention in the ordinary course of private law relationships. The central theme is that equity is a distinctive and unified domain that cures a major defect in private law by protecting pathways to private rights. Katz’s research reveals the heightened importance and value of equity as a force for innovation in law.