The Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC is one of the world’s leading centres for legal education and research. Its faculty members engage in research with local, national, and global impact and provide students with some of the most extensive and innovative curricular opportunities of any Canadian law school.

The Peter A. Allard School of Law's innovative researchers, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates have established our national reputation and global reach. The Faculty is committed to preparing our students to become exceptional global citizens, to conducting leading-edge research that serves our community nationally and internationally, and to promoting the values of a just, civil and sustainable society.

The Allard School of Law is proud to foster a research environment that pulls faculty, students, and visitors into collaborative and challenging research projects. Our outstanding Graduate programs offer students the opportunity to study law from within law’s wider social, economic, and political context, and select courses from a comprehensive and progressive curriculum that emphasizes foundational knowledge, scholarly innovation, ethics, and the development of professional skills.

Legal research that employs the perspectives of different disciplines, contexts, and methodologies makes the Allard School of Law an exciting and rewarding research centre. And, as the stories on the Allard School of Law research portal show, research done here changes peoples’ lives.

The Allard School of Law's more than 10,000 alumni include:

  • The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, former Prime Minister of Canada
  • The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, former Premier of British Columbia and former Canadian Minister of Health
  • The Honourable Mike Harcourt, OC, former Premier of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Lance Finch, QC, retired Chief Justice of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC, LSM, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • The Honourable Wally Oppal, QC, former Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, former Attorney General of British Columbia, and former Minister responsible for Multiculturalism
  • The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, and current Provincial Court Judge
  • Kim Baird, CM, former Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation
  • The Honourable Alfred Scow, CM, OBC, first Aboriginal lawyer called to the British Columbia bar and first legally trained Aboriginal Judge in the province
 

Research Facilities

Allard Hall, the home of the Allard School of Law, opened in 2011 and is the first purpose-built, all-new law building for a Canadian law school in 30 years.

The four-storey, 141,000 square-foot building and $56-million facility includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom, and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests. Classroom video displays and webcasting technology will connect UBC students with law schools and communities globally. A three-storey multipurpose forum with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. The new, state-of-the-art UBC Law Library serves as an academic hub for students and the legal community.

With powerful learning and sustainability features, Allard Hall – named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard – will advance legal research and education in Canada, expand the Faculty’s presence in the community, and honour its ties to BC First Nations.

Research Highlights

The Allard School of Law is home to a dynamic, accomplished, and diverse group of faculty who make innovative and influential contributions to understanding the underpinning of the law, cutting edge developments in legal practice, the development of policy, and the progress of civil society at both national and international levels. The Faculty’s research is regularly cited by scholars, courts, and policymakers across the country and around the world.

The Allard School of Law has led Canada in curricular and research innovation with important programs focusing on areas ranging from social justice to business law to environmental law and sustainability to Asian legal studies. Our faculty members carry out their research and teaching objectives with a commitment to pursuing social justice. 

Key areas of faculty research include international law, indigenous legal studies, environmental law and sustainability, migration, human trafficking, affordable housing, and criminal law and policy. Allard Hall is home to Centres of business law, environmental law and natural resources, Asian legal studies, and feminist legal studies.

Allard Hall is also home to affiliated law reform organizations: British Columbia Law Institute, which includes the Canadian Center for Elder Law Studies, and the UN-affiliated International Center for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy.

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Research Interests
Affolder, Natasha International Environmental Law, Biodiversity Law, Law and Sustainability
Aloni, Erez Law, law and sexuality, family law, Contracts
Arbel, Efrat Law, Refugee Law, Constitutional law, Prison Law and Policy, Tort Law, Legal and Critical Theory, Gender and Law
Bakan, Joel Conrad Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Socio-Legal Studies
Benedet, Janine Penal Law, Labor Standards and Laws, Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights, sexual violence against women, prostitution and pornography, sexual harassment in employment and education, sexual abuse of girls
Biukovic, Ljiljana Adaptation of international legal norms by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations and the development of European Union Law,European union Law, International Trade Law, International Dispute Resolution, E-commerce, Comparative Law
Bobinski, Mary Anne legal education (including costs of education/tuition), health law, bioethics, reproductive health law (including cloning, fetal protection, abortion), comparative health law (U.S. and Canada), HIV (legal and policy issues), health care disparities, medical research (legal and ethical aspects of), Health Law, Comparative Health Law, Bioethics, HIV Law & Policy, Reproductive Law & Policy, Torts
Cheng, Jie Comparative Constitutional Law, Chinese Law and Governance, Hong Kong and Macau Basic Laws, Land Property Law, Information Law
Christie, Gordon Legal Theory, and trans-cultural tort law, Aboriginal law, Indigenous legal orders, Indigenous legal theory, Legal Theory and trans-cultural tort law
Cui, Wei Taxation, Law, Social Organization and Political Systems, tax and development, law and development, tax policy, Chinese legislative system, Chinese administrative law, Law and political economy
Cunliffe, Emma Women and the law, evidence, experts, courts and media, open justice, pathology and law, criminal law, SIDS, child homicide
Dauvergne, Catherine Immigration, Immigration Law, Refugee Law, Legal Theory, Globalization
Duff, David Tax Law Tax Policy Environmental Taxation Charities, Tax law and policy, environmental taxation, comparative and international taxation, and distributive justice
Edinger, Elizabeth Constitutional Law, Conflicts (Private International Law), Creditor-Debtor Law
Etxabe, Julen Law and humanities, Legal theory, Constitutional law, international law, Human Rights
Flynn, Alexandra Municipal Law, Local Governance, property law, Administrative Law, Experiential legal education, Socio-Legal Studies, Law & Cities
Ford, Cristie Law, Regulation, Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations, Laws, Standards and Regulation Impacts, Administrative Law, Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations, financial regulation, securities regulation, regulation & governance theory, financial innovation and "fintech", legal innovation and "law tech", the legal profession
Ghebremusse, Sara natural resource governance; development; Human Rights
Goldbach, Toby Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Procedural Law, Jurisprudence, Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law, Judicial Politics, law and development
Goold, Benjamin Law, Privacy, security, Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Border Studies, migration
Grant, Isabel Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Psychiatry and Law
Harris, Douglas Law, People, Cities and Lands, Urban Spaces and Urbanity, property law, condominium law, legal history
Hastie, Bethany Labour & Employment Law, Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies, Access to Justice
Hutchison, Camden
Johnston, Darlene First Nations legal issues, Indigenous legal traditions, canadian aboriginal and treaty rights, law and colonialism, relationship between totemic identity, territoriality and governance

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Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2019 Dr. Pauer studied carbon tariffs, an environmental policy recommended by many experts but rarely used in practice. Using interviews and case studies in Europe and the USA, he explained the challenges of adopting and implementing this policy. His research contributes to the development of effective government action to address climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2019 Dr. Naef studied the challenges of regulating multinational corporations operating in fragile states. He argued that home states must take steps to control their corporate citizens abroad and showed how traditional readings of international law permit them to avoid doing so. His proposed solution lies in reconsidering customary international law. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2019 Dr. Liu examined the social and environmental performance of Chinese state-owned companies in Kenya. Findings revealed the promises and limitations of China's state-centric corporate social responsibility approach to shape Chinese companies' behaviour overseas. This research contributes to the regulation of sustainable investment in Africa and beyond. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2019 Dr. Mundorff used a wide array of historical materials and legal documents to examine the role played by the concept of "culture" in the original meaning of the Genocide Convention. He argued that current interpretations of the Genocide Convention, which exclude considerations of culture, are legally and historically untenable. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2019 Dr. Bazilli interviewed global women's activists on how transnational feminist movements use international human rights law. Her research illustrates how autonomous women's organizations address violence against women and other rights issues. Her research will be used by feminist activists in the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2018 Dr. Olyaei employed a feminist legal lens to assess the overemphasis on law and legal reform to realize gender justice. She argued that feminist strategies should critically situate themselves in specific sociopolitical contexts, concluding that feminist theories of global south are vitally important for directing the future of Iranian feminist activism. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2018 Dr. Garcia examined the law and practice of citizen participation in resource allocations in Brazil. Her research offered new data on the workings of participation in health systems. This advances our understanding about the significant role of citizens in ensuring accountable resource allocations that both improve access and support population health. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2018 Dr. Prebble studied criminal offenses that overlap with one another, asking when that overlap contributes to the problem of there being too much criminal law. Using gendered violence case studies, she found that some specific criminal offences are justified because they give a name to distinct gendered harms that would otherwise not be fully recongised by the criminal law. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2018 The Nansen Initiative was an intergovernmental process that addressed the challenges of cross-border disaster and climate change displacement. Dr. Okeowo examined the Protection Agenda of the Initiative and argued that it has the tendency to regulate the behaviour of states on the recognition and protection of cross-border disaster-displaced persons. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2018 Parody is traditionally understood as the use of existing work to mock or evoke humour. Dr. Lai examined whether parodies infringe on copyright laws. She further defined the scope of protection that copyright law should provide for the right to parody and applied it to several jurisdictions in order to bring their copyright jurisprudences in line with their traditions of free speech. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)

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