Faculty & Staff » Dr. Richard Jochelson

Richard Jochelson is a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and holds his PhD in law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, a Masters in Law from University of Toronto Law School, and a Law Degree from University of Calgary Law School (Gold Medal).  He is a former law clerk who served his articling year at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench, before working at one of Canada’s largest law firms. He worked for ten years teaching criminal and constitutional law at another Canadian university prior to joining Robson Hall.

He has published peer-reviewed articles dealing with obscenity, indecency, judicial activism, police powers, criminal justice pedagogy and curriculum development, empiricism in criminal law, and conceptions of judicial and jury reasoning. He is a member of the Bar of Manitoba and has co-authored and co-edited several books.  He has recently co-authored Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt (2018, Routledge).

My research interests include regulation of sexuality and other expression, socio-legal governance of harm and precaution, policing and police powers, surveillance and security in legal decision-making, the criminal and constitutional jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada, jury law, disability and the criminal law, and empirical analyses of legal decision makers.

I am one of the co-founders of the legal blog Robsoncrim.com. As part of our commitment to education at Robson Hall and to legal education outside of the ivory tower,http://www.robsoncrim.com/ provides reflections on current issues in criminal law through its Blawg program, through special events, and through its annual peer reviewed journal (a special edition of the Manitoba Law Journal). With collaborators spanning Edinburgh through to Madison, Wisconsin, over 50000 views, an active Facebook and Twitter presence, and recognition from the http://www.clawbies.ca/ awards, Robsoncrim is poised for a bright future.

For a sample of some of my articles see: http://uwinnipeg.academia.edu/RichardJochelson

Authored Books

 Edited Books and Journals

  • Criminal Law Edition of the Manitoba Law Journal. 2018. Manitoba Law Journal.  Volume 41(4) (Robson Crim, Equal Co-editors Jochelson, Ireland, Khoday) 
  • Criminal Law Edition of the Manitoba Law Journal. 2018. Manitoba Law Journal. Volume 41(3) (Robson Crim, Equal Co-editors Jochelson, Ireland, Khoday)
  • Criminal Law Edition of the Manitoba Law Journal. 2017. Manitoba Law Journal. Volume 40(3) (Robson Crim, Equal Co-editors Jochelson, Ireland, Khoday)
  • Visualizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Visibility, Law, and Order. Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research. Volume 5. 2016 (First Editor Richard Jochelson, with contributions from Kevin Walby, Michelle Bertrand).
  • Thinking About Justice: a book of readings (2012), Fernwood Books (Equally co-edited with Kelly Gorkoff)  

Refereed Chapters

Refereed Articles in Academic or Professional Journals


  • A Relational Account of Freedom of Expression (2007) Osgoode Hall Law School (366 pages, 80,000 words, sole author)

Masters Thesis

  • How Equality Rights May Expand the Scope of Expression. (2003) University of Toronto Law School (139 pages, 40,000 words, sole author) 

Book Reviews, Encyclopaedia Entries, Comments in Journals, Refereed Blogs

Non-refereed Publications:
Non-refereed Chapters (in Books or Proceedings)

Works Currently in Development:
SSHRC Projects

  • SSHRC Insight Grant for Jury Comprehension Project. 7-8 studies are in development (Grant was successful).


  • Assessing Attitudes About Sex Work After Parliament’s Response to Bedford (Equal first authors L. Laidlaw, R. Jochelson, M. Bertrand).
    For Submission to: Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. Manuscript Completed.
  • Reconstitutions of Harm: Novel Applications of the Labaye Test since 2005. (Equal first author J. Gacek).  For submission to Alberta Law Journal. Manuscript Completed.
  • Animals as Something More Than Mere Property: Interweaving Green Criminology and Law Together. (Equal first author J. Gacek). For submission to Social Sciences (Bill McClanahan and Avi Brisman editors). Manuscript Completed.

 Book Chapters

  • University “Consensual” Sex Policies – Contributions to Rape Culture Courtesy of University and Faculty Associations in Canada in Rape Culture on Canadian University Campuses. (First author with coauthors Gacek, Ireland, Tourtchaninova, and Laidlaw). Neland et al editors. Press TBA. Manuscript Completed.
  • Case by Case Privilege. A Canadian Overview for Prof Chris Hunt. Canadian Privilege Textbook for Carswell. Due August 2018. (Ireland, Jochelson, Stoez)
  • Justice and Disability – the Canadian story. For Prof Laverne Jacobs. Canadian Disability Law. Due August 2019 (Jochelson, Ireland)
  • Disability and the Jury – inaccessibility and the denial of justice making in Canada. Disability (In)Justice: Examining Criminalization in Canada. For Fritsch, Monaghan and van der Meulen.  (Jochelson, Bertrand) 


  • Sexual Regulation and the Law: a Canadian Perspective. (First Author Jochelson, with second authors Gacek, Ireland, Laidlaw and Menzie). Demeter Press. Contract signed. Manuscript in progress
  • Landmarks Lost: Hunter v Southam and the Drift from Privacy Protections in Canada’s Criminal Law (Equally first authored with Jochelson, Ireland) to UBC Press. Contract signed. Manuscript almost finished.

Papers Presented and Other Presentations and Other Refereed Contributions (Conferences)

  • July 2018. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. Power, Violence and Justice. Paper Title: Disability in the Courtroom and the Jury Box – perceptions and lessons.
  • May 2017. Critical Perspectives in Criminology. Ottawa.  Paper Title: Landmarks Lost – Retracing Hunter v Southam (with D. Ireland)
  • June 2017: “Faculty and Consensual Non-Platonic Relationships with Students – a Labour Law Perspective”. Canadian Association of University Teachers Western Regionals Conference. Royal Fairmont. Winnipeg, MB
  • November 2016: “Marta Russell and Disability: Jury Work” at Book Launch Event for Disability Politics in a Global Economy, University of Ottawa Law School
  • June 2016: Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans; Paper Title: Disability and Jury Work in Canada. (with M. Bertrand)
  • June 2015: Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, G; Paper Title: Empirical Jury Studies and Marta Russell
  • June 2015: Critical Perspectives in Criminology Conference, Ottawa, ON; Paper Title: The Surveillant Charter
  • June 2014: Canadian Law and Society Association Conference, Winnipeg; Paper = Title: A History of Violence – Cronenberg and Colonialism; Paper Title: An Empirical Study of Jury Representation in Manitoba
  • May 2014: Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies: Educating Justice, University of Winnipeg Paper Title: Teaching Criminal Justice in Non Law Programs
  • June 2013: Canadian Law and Society Association Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Paper; Title: An Empirical Study of Crime Severity
  • June 2012: Joint Law and Society Association Conference, Oahu, Hawaii; Paper Title: Reviewing the findings: Unpacking a Multidimensional Analysis of Judicial Activism (with M. Murchison); Paper Title: Retracing the Obscenity and Indecency Jurisprudence in Canada (with K. Kramar)
  • February 2012: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, New York, New York Paper Title: Realizing a Judicial Activism Methodology with (M. Weinrath, and M. Murchison); Paper Title: The Corporatization of Justice in the Academy (with Steven Kohm)
  • May 2011: Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies: Questioning Justice in Interdisciplinary Times, University of Winnipeg; Paper Title: Rethinking Obscenity and Indecency Law in Canada Through Socio-Legal Lenses
  • February 2011: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada; Paper Title: Developing a Multidimensional Account of Judicial Analyitics (with M. Weinrath, delivered by M. Weinrath)
  • June 2010: Congress 2010, Canadian Law and Society Association, Concordia, Montreal; Paper Title: The Labaye Harm Technology: Old Functionalism in Neo-Liberal Attire (equal co-author with Dr. Kirsten Kramar); (R)  Paper Title: Critical Methodologies and Swinging Sexuality – Describing the Harm Principle of Obscenity and Indecency in Canada (equal co-author with Dr. Kirsten Kramar)
  • May 2010: Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies: Practicing Justice Conference, University of Winnipeg; Paper Title: The Labaye Court: Constituting Faux Harm in Service of Indecency (equal co-author with Dr. Kirsten Kramar)
  • February 2010: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, San Diego, California; Paper Title: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice: Some Canadian Reflections

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