Jennifer Raso, SJD, LLB, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law



Dr. Jennifer Raso is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law investigating the relationship between discretion, data-driven technologies, and administrative law. She is particularly intrigued by how humans/non-humans collaborate and diverge as they produce institutional decisions, and the consequences of this hybrid arrangement for procedural fairness and substantive justice. This work builds on Dr. Raso’s doctoral research, which included a qualitative socio-legal study of how municipal caseworkers locate and use discretion to deliver the notoriously rule-bound Ontario Works program. An award-winning interdisciplinary scholar, her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and the Endeavour Fellowships Program (Australia), and recognized by the Canadian Law and Society Association (best article prize, 2018) and the University of Cambridge (Richard Hart Prize, 2016).

Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Raso litigated social welfare, administrative, and human rights matters with the City of Toronto's Legal Services Division. Her scholarship appears in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Journal of Law & Equality, and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

  • Other
  • Socio-legal Studies & Research Methods
  • Municipal Law
  • Legal Theory


  • "Implementing Digitisation in an Administrative Justice Context," in The Oxford Handbook of Administrative Justice, eds Joe Tomlinson, Robert Thomas, Marc Hertogh, Richard Kirkham (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • "The In-Between Space of Administrative Justice: Reconciling Norms at the Front-Lines of Social Assistance Agencies,” in Frontiers of Public Law, eds Jason Varuhas, Shona Wilson Stark (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2019) (peer reviewed).
  • “Unity in the Eye of the Beholder? Reasons for Decision in Theory and Practice,” forthcoming, University of Toronto Law Journal (peer reviewed).
  • 2018. “Governing Infrastructure in the Age of the ‘Art of the Deal’: Logics of Governance and Scales of Visibility,” (co-authors: Mariana Valverde, Fleur Johns) PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 41(S1): 118-32.
  • 2017. “Tranchemontagne and the Administration of Rights: Lessons from the Game of Jurisdiction,” Journal of Law & Equality 13: 31-59.
  • 2017. “Displacement as Regulation: New Regulatory Technologies and Front-Line Decision-Making in Ontario Works,” Canadian Journal of Law & Society 32(1): 75-95.
  • 2016. “Accessible Information and Democratic Dissent: Who Counts?” Journal of Law & Equality 12: 10-34.
  • 2015. “From Enforcement to Integration: Infusing Administrative Decision-Making with Human Rights Values,” Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 32: 71-102.

Conference Proceedings

  • 2016. “Accessible Information and Constitutional Democracy,” Constitutional Forum 25(3): 67-78.