Jean Thomas received her B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her J.D. She received her doctoral degree in law, as well as her L.L.M, from New York University. Her main interest is in the area of legal philosophy, and in rights theory in particular. Her doctoral research was grounded in the question of which private actors should, under which circumstances, bear the burdens associated with public law rights. Her dissertation explored the possibility of human rights enforcement in private litigation, and the relationship between human rights and private obligations.