Leonid Sirota

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5531

Email: leonid.sirota@aut.ac.nz


  • BCL/LLB (Hons) (McGill)
  • LLM (NYU)
  • JSD (NYU)


Leonid Sirota joined the AUT Law School in 2016, after completing graduate studies at the NYU School of Law. He had previously served as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada, and graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law (with degrees in both civil and common law). His research and teaching focus on constitutional law and theory and related areas, such the law of democracy and the judicial power. In addition to scholarly writing, he is the creator of the Double Aspect Blog, named Best Canadian Law Blog in 2014 and runner-up in 2015, and a contributor to several other legal blogs.

Teaching Areas:

  • Constitutional law
  • Law of democracy
  • Legal philosophy

Research Areas:

  • Constitutional law (especially constitutional conventions, freedom of conscience and religion, and judicial review of legislation)
  • Constitutional theory
  • Law of democracy
  • Legal philosophy


  1. Léonid Sirota & Paul Daly (eds) “A Decade of Dunsmuir (2018) Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice (forthcoming).
  2. Léonid Sirota “Canadian Administrative Law and Good Governance” (2018) Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice (forthcoming).
  3. Léonid Sirota “Constitutional Dialogue: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and the Noble Dream” (2017) 27 New Zealand Universities Law Review, 897.
  4. Léonid Sirota “More v Roper: A Comment on Lawrence Solum’s Defence of Originalism” (2017) 31 Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo Online, 635.
  5. Leonid Sirota “Happy Sisyphus: A Review Article of G Palmer and A Butler A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand“, (2017) 27 New Zealand Universities Law Review, 789.
  1. Léonid Sirota “The Supreme Court and the Conventions of the Constitution” in Matthew Harrington (ed) The Court and the Constitution: A 150-year Retrospective (LexisNexis, Toronto, 2017), 31.
  2. Léonid Sirota & Benjamin Oliphant “Originalism in Canadian Constitutional Jurisprudence” (2017) 50 UBC Law Review, 505.
  3. Benjamin Oliphant & Léonid Sirota “Has the Supreme Court of Canada Rejected ‘Originalism’” (2016) 42 Queen’s Law Journal, 107.
  4. Maxime St-Hilaire & Léonid Sirota “Canadian Voter Identification Requirements in a Comparative Perspective” in Gregory Tardi (ed) The Informed Citizens’ Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law (Carswell, Toronto, 2015), 517.
  5. Léonid Sirota “‘Third Parties’ and Democracy 2.0” (2015) 60 McGill Law Journal, 253.
  6. Léonid Sirota “True Allegiance: The Citizenship Oath and the Charter” (2014), 33 National Journal of Constitutional Law, 137.
  7. Fabien Gélinas & Léonid Sirota, “Constitutional Conventions and Senate Reform” (2013) 5 Revue québécoise de droit constitutionnel, 107.
  8. Léonid Sirota, “Storm and Havoc: Religious Exemptions and the Rule of Law” (2013) 47 Revue juridique Thémis de l’Université de Montréal, 247.
  9. Léonid Sirota “Rants and Freedoms: Can Universities Control Students’ Online Speech?” (2012) 13 Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, 13.
  10. Léonid Sirota “Towards a Jurisprudence of Constitutional Conventions” (2011) 11 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 29.
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