Alex Wellington is an associate professor in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and the Faculty of Arts in the Department of Philosophy. She earned her LLB (now JD), as well as an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution and an LLM in Intellectu...
Alex Wellington is an associate professor in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and the Faculty of Arts in the Department of Philosophy. She earned her LLB (now JD), as well as an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution and an LLM in Intellectual Property, from Osgoode Hall Law School (in 1987, 1999, and 2008 respectively). She received her PhD in Philosophy from York University in 2000 (having completed a previous Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy). In between, she completed a Masters of Environmental Studies, also at York University, in 1990. Alex joined Toronto Met as a sessional instructor in 2000 and as an assistant professor in 2002.
Wellington was the academic lead and chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Chang School of Continuing Education Certificate in Ethics (launched in 2013). She served for a number of years as acting director of the Ethics Network and Co-Coordinator of the Ethics@Ryerson Speaker Series on Human Rights Across the Professions (Focus for 2008-2009: Conflict Resolution Across the Professions; Focus for 2007-2008: Advertising, Branding and Intellectual Property; Focus for 2006-2007: Privacy and Access to Information and the Professions).
Wellington’s research interests are oriented to the conceptualization of legal rights as potential sources of social power in diverse contexts. Two particular areas of current interest include: (i) the need for legal rights for transgender persons to enable their expressive freedom, empower their bodily autonomy and protect their dignity (a book project); and (ii) the importance of situating the human rights to water in creative tension with market environmentalism, in order to realize a socially just, ecologically sustainable world. Past research has focused on defense of the legal right to same sex marriage, and scrutiny of the implications of patent protection for the human right to health. Alex has previously engaged in SSHRC funded research (as principal investigator) on the Ethical Challenges of Biotechnology Governance: Sustainability Through Innovation, Human Rights and Environmental Protection, and (as co-investigator) for the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN).