Joshua Sealy-Harrington
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Joshua’s research and practice centres on marginalized communities, particularly sexual, gender, and racial minorities. His research theorizes the complex relationships amongst law, identity, and sexuality, while his practice explores the intersection of these relationships with public and constitutional law. He is a tireless advocate for minority rights.

Joshua is Trinidadian-Canadian, and was born in Calgary, Alberta. He practices remotely from New York City, where he conducts doctoral research at Columbia Law School theorizing law, identity, and sexuality. He previously completed an LL.M. at Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Fulbright Student, and Law Society Viscount Bennet Scholar.

Joshua has completed three judicial clerkships, two at the Supreme Court of Canada (for Justice Clément Gascon) and one at the Federal Court (for Justice Donald J. Rennie, now of the Federal Court of Appeal). He also worked for two years as a litigator in commercial law, intellectual property law, and constitutional law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He has expertise in public, constitutional, and criminal law.

Joshua is an aspiring legal scholar and an avid writer. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and his scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and Federal Court, as well as in legal textbooks and other scholarly publications. He is passionate about translating the experience of minority groups into tangible legal claims.
Joshua is passively bilingual, and he continues to study and improve his French.

Law Societies

  • Ontario


  • J.S.D. (Columbia University - ongoing)
  • LL.M. (Columbia University - 2019)
  • J.D. (University of Calgary - 2013)
  • B.Sc. Mathematics (University of British Columbia - 2010)
  • Presentation: Queer Theory is Dead; Queer Legal Theory Does Not Exist (Provocations in Queer Legal Studies; Yale; September 2019)

  • Presentation: Constitutionality of Polygamy Prohibitions (Law, Culture & The Humanities; Carleton; March 2019)

  • Presentation: Addressing Sexual Violence in University Teaching and Accommodation for Survivors (Always a Zero-Sum Game? Academic Freedom and Anti-Oppression; Carleton; Sept 2018)

  • “Colour as a Discrete Ground of Discrimination” (2018) 7:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 1 (co-authored with Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton)

  • Presentation: Interplay of ss. 7 and 15 in the Resolution of Impending Charter Disputes (Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences; University of Calgary; June 2016)

  • “The Inventive Concept in Patent Law: Not So Obvious” (2015) 27 Intellectual Property Journal 385

  • “Tied Hands? A Doctrinal and Policy Argument for the Validity of Advance Consent” (2014) 18 Canadian Criminal Law Review 119vvvvv

  • “Assessing Analogous Grounds: The Doctrinal and Normative Superiority of a Multi-Variable Approach” (2013) 10 University of Toronto Journal of Law & Equality 37

  • Danelle Michel v. Sean Graydon SCC 38498 (family law, gender equality)

  • A.B. v. C.D., 2019 BCCA 297 (family law and healthcare law; capacity of mature transgender minor to provide informed consent to gender-affirming treatment including hormone therapy; availability of protection orders under BC’s family law legislation to stop misgendering, deadnaming, and coercion of transgender minor; scope of freedom of expression and parental liberty rights of parent opposed to the medical treatment and protection order)

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