Nomi Claire Lazar

Professor of politics, emergency powers expert

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: Global
Based in Ottawa


Current Occupation: Professor of politics, emergency powers expert
Organization/Institution: University of Ottawa
Language: English


House Speaker Anthony Rota has ‘defiled’ Parliament and must resign Toronto Star Sept 25, 2023

How to curate a democratic school library Toronto Star Sep 17, 2023

Emergency law needs to change for the climate crisis era Policy Options May 31, 2023

Rule of law at risk under current emergency legislation Toronto Star Opinion Feb 22, 2023

Emergencies Act inquiry final report is a reminder that we all have a role in upholding the rule of law The Conversation Feb 21, 2023

‘Shame on you’: How President Zelensky uses speeches to get what he needs BBC Mar 24, 2022

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is playing himself in the role of a lifetime Opinion Toronto Star Mar 24, 2022

Zelensky’s speeches use shame effectively in plea for support against Russia, expert says CBC Radio Mar 20, 2022

Ranger l’extincteur au plus vite La Presse 23 Févr, 2022

‘This is not the War Measures Act’ CTV News video Feb 19, 2022

Intelligence and governance failures at root of occupied downtown Ottawa, now a matter of national security, say experts Hill Times Feb 17, 2022

Trudeau takes on protesters’ fund-raising and bank accounts with the emergency powers invocation New York Times Feb 15, 2022

What is the Emergencies Act and what Ottawa can—and can’t—do with it Maclean’s Magazine Feb 15, 2022

Warum Trudeau den Notstand über sein Land verhängt Der Spiegel Feb 16, 2022

Was the insurrection the last best hope for American democracy? Oped Toronto Star Jan 7, 2021

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Professor Nomi Claire Lazar (@NomiClaireLazar) is an expert in emergency powers and apocalyptic politics. She is a Professor of Politics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

She is the author of States of Emergency in Liberal Democracies (Cambridge, 2009/13), a key work on the subject, and the highly acclaimed Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time (Yale, 2019) which shows how leaders make use of time to legitimize power at moments of crisis.

She was a member of the research council for the Rouleau Commission on the use of the Emergencies Act by the Canadian government during truck convoys, protests and border blockades in Canada Feb. 14-23, 2022.

At the University of Ottawa, Professor Lazar teaches courses on human rights, political ethics, political rhetoric, and criminal law policy. She has also taught at the University of Chicago and Yale, and served as Associate Dean of Faculty at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She writes about crises from a number of angles: emergency powers, constitutions, political legitimacy, rhetoric, temporality, conspiracy theories, and apocalyptic and utopian politics.

She serves as an elected member of the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors and is an active member of civil society. She advocates for prisoners’ rights and is a frequent contributor of commentaries to news outlets and blogs in North America and Asia.

Professor Lazar holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale University and an MA from University College London’s School of Public Policy.