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Ratna Rueban Balasubramaniam

Associate Professor

Degrees:LL.B. (London), M.Phil. (Australian National University), S.J.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8809
Office:D583 LA (Loeb Building)

Current Research

My current research is in legal philosophy, generally, with a view to exploring how the rule of law is constitutive of legitimate political rule. I am currently writing about issues of methodology in legal philosophy, where I argue that an appropriate methodology must capture the idea that the rule of law is a moral yet distinctly legal ideal that may relate to other moral values yet does not collapse into them. This paper is part of a broader project that defends a moral conception of the rule of law as a workable ideal of stable social order capable of generating moral constraints on state power even under conditions where liberal democracy cannot fully take root. In addition, I am also doing research that examines the relationship between the rule of law and anti-terrorism measures like detention without trial.

Teaching Interests

I am currently teaching two fourth year courses on contemporary theories of justice, concentrating on John Rawls and his critics. In addition, I am teaching a course on the protection of international human rights with a view to exploring the challenge to such rights exerted by state reactions to the threat of global terrorism.

Selected Publications

“Allan Hutchinson, The Province of Jurisprudence Democratized” (2010) Journal of Law and Society 112- 114.

“Judicial Politics in Authoritarian Regimes” (2009) 59:3 University of Toronto Law Journal 405-415.

“Has Rule by Law Killed the Rule of Law in Malaysia?” (2008) 8:2 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 211-35.

“Indefinite Detention: Rule by Law or Rule of Law” in Victor Ramraj ed., Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

“The Karam Singh Case” in A. J. Harding & H. P. Lee eds., Constitutional Landmarks in Malaysia—The First 50 Years (Kuala Lumpur: Lexis/Nexis, 2007).

R. Rueban Balasubramaniam, ‘Indefinite Detention: Rule of Law or Rule by Law’ in Victor V. Ramraj ed., Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

R. Rueban Balasubramaniam, ‘The Karam Singh Case’ in H. P. Lee & Andrew Harding eds., Constitutional Landmarks in Malaysian Law: the First 50 Years (Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Law Journal/LexisNexis, 2007).