Ronalda Murphy

Associate Professor of Law



Schulich School of Law

Phone: 902-494-1024
Mailing Address: 
Room 314, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Constitutional law-comparative
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Aboriginal law
  • Evidence
  • Family law
  • Feminism
  • Feminist theory


  • BA (UPEI)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)
  • LLM (Toronto)
  • SJD (Harvard)


Before joining Dalhousie, Professor Murphy was a lecturer at York University (Osgoode and Glendon, part-time), University of New Brunswick (part-time), and the University of the Witswatersrand in South Africa (full-time).

Areas of supervision: Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure

Research interests

Professor Murphy's research interests include Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Evidence, Feminism, Family Law, Legal Theory and Aboriginal Law

Selected awards & honours

  • Dalhousie Law Alumni Teaching Award 2011-12; 2005-06

Selected publications

  • Ronalda Murphy, Malliha Wilson & Taia Wong, “Legal Professionalism in the Twenty-First Century: Government Lawyers as Accidental Innovators” (2012) 63 UNBLJ 420.
  • Hamish Stewart et al, Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, 3rd ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2011).
  • Ronalda Murphy & Patrick A. Molinari, Doing justice: Dispute resolution in the courts and beyond (Montreal: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2009).
  • Ronalda Murphy, “The Evidentiary Burden” & “The Persuasive Burden” in Hill, Tanovich, and Strezos, eds, Canadian Criminal Evidence (Canada Law Book, 2008). 
  • Ronalda Murphy et al, "Judicial Notice" in Hamish Stewart et al, eds, Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, 2nd ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2006).
  • Ronalda Murphy et al, "Privilege" in Janet Walker & Garry D. Watson, eds, The Civil Litigation Process: Cases and Materials, 6th ed (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2005).


  • “Harm in Constitutional Law: The Revenge of Facts” at Osgoode Constitutional Cases Conference 2011 “30 Years of Charter Jurisprudence:  Looking Back, Looking Forward” (Toronto, May 4, 2012)
  • National Judicial Institute  - Criminal Law: “Reluctant Witnesses” (Halifax, March 29, 2012) (published in NJI database)
  • “Prohibited Methods of Obtaining and Presenting Evidence” (30 pages) Canada Report to International Association of Procedural Law XIV World Congress – Heidelberg (Germany) 25-30 July 2011 (presented by IAPL representative Professor Janet Walker (Osgoode) at the conference and posted with other national reports to the conference website)
  • National Judicial Institute – Evidence Course: “Hearsay” (Victoria, July 11-14, 2011) (published in NJI database)