Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Shachar.gifAyelet Shachar

Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism
Faculty of Law
University of Toronto
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Ayelet Shachar holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science. Professor Shachar holds an LL.B in Law and a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude ('93), from Tel Aviv University; LL.M. ('95) and J.S.D ('97), both from Yale Law School. Before arriving at Yale, she served as Law Clerk to Deputy Chief Justice (now Chief Justice) Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. She joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1999. Her scholarship focuses on citizenship and immigration law, highly skilled migrants, and transnational legal processes, as well as state and religion, family law, multi-level governance regimes, group rights and gender equality.

Shachar is the recipient of many academic awards and fellowships, including, most recently, nomination as Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2000-2001), Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Princeton's Law and Public Affairs Program (2003), Emile Noël Senior Fellow at NYU School of Law (2003) and Recipient of the University of Toronto's Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences (2005).

Her articles have been published in law reviews and political theory journals, including the Journal of Political Philosophy, NOMOS, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, NYU Law Review, Political Theory, McGill Law Journal, as well as in Multicultural Questions (Oxford, 1999), Citizenship in Diverse Societies (Oxford, 2000), From Migrants to Citizens: Membership in a Changing World (Brookings, 2000), Breaking the Cycle of Hatred: Memory, Law, and Repair (Princeton, 2002), The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence (Cambridge, 2004); Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (Cambridge, 2005), and Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances (Cambridge, forthcoming).

She has delivered public lectures on citizenship, immigration, religious accommodation and women's rights at the University of Amsterdam, European University Institute, Harvard University, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Michigan Law School, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, Stanford University, University of Toronto's Munk Centre and Faculty of Law, and Yale University.

She is the author of Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women's Rights (Cambridge, 2001), Winner of the 2002 Best First Book Award by the American Political Science Association, Foundations of Political Theory Section. As a Connaught Fellow, she is writing a new book, entitled Citizenship as Inherited Property: The New World of Bounded Communities, to be published by Harvard University Press.


  • Citizenship and immigration law
  • Highly skilled migrants
  • Transnational legal processes
  • State and religion
  • Family law
  • Multi-level governance regimes
  • Group rights
  • Gender equality
  • Religious accommodation and women's rights