Leah Trueblood

Study program:
DPhil Law
Current affiliation:
University of Oxford

Leah’s research concerns the roles of, and justifications for, referendums in representative democracies.

Leah’s thesis challenges the idea that referendums are best defined as devices of direct democracy. She argues that their use can only be justified provided they are understood as instances of representative democracy. Arguments against the use of referendums often claim that they undermine the institutions of representative democracies. By defining referendums as devices of direct democracy,* contingent on representative democracy, the case for referendums becomes stronger; not weaker.

Leah Trueblood is a DPhil student in legal theory at the University of Oxford. She holds degrees in law, philosophy, and the philosophy of law. She spends most of her time perpetuating Canadian stereotypes.