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 challenged the idea that referendums are best defined as devices of direct democracy. She argued 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 their use undermines representative democracy. By defining referendums as contingent on representative democracy, the case for referendums becomes stronger; not weaker.

Leah is a Career Development Fellow and Tutor in Public and EU Law at Worcester College, Oxford. In 2019, she was also made a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. She holds degrees in law, philosophy, and the philosophy of law. She is originally from Alberta, and spends most of her time trying to perpetuate Canadian stereotypes.