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 and legal practice; Law; Contracts; family law; law and sexuality
Arbel, Efrat Law and legal practice; Law; Constitutional law; Gender and Law; Legal and Critical Theory; Prison Law and Policy; Refugee Law; Tort Law
Bakan, Joel Conrad Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Socio-Legal Studies
Benedet, Janine Law and legal practice; Penal Law; Labor Standards and Laws; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; prostitution and pornography; sexual abuse of girls; sexual harassment in employment and education; sexual violence against women
Beswick, Samuel Peter Law and legal practice; Law; Contract law; Law's temporal dimensions; Limitations; Remedies; Tort Law; Unjust enrichment
Bhandar, Brenna
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
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
Clifford, Robert Aboriginal and Indigenous law
Cui, Wei Law and legal practice; Taxation; Law; Social Organization and Political Systems; Chinese administrative law; Chinese legislative system; law and development; Law and political economy; tax and development; tax policy
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
Etxabe, Julen Law and society; Literature and critical theory; History and philosophy of law and justice; Law and humanities; Legal theory; Human Rights; Constitutional law; international law
Flynn, Alexandra Law and society; Municipal Law; Local Governance; property law; Administrative Law; Experiential legal education; Socio-Legal Studies; Law & Cities
Ford, Cristie Law and legal practice; 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 innovation and fintech; financial regulation; Legal innovation and law tech; regulation & governance theory; securities regulation; the legal profession
Ghebremusse, Sara natural resource governance; development; Human Rights
Goldbach, Toby Law and legal practice; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Procedural Law; Jurisprudence; Comparative Law; Dispute Resolution; Judicial Politics; law and development
Goold, Benjamin Law and legal practice; Law; Border Studies; Criminal Justice; Human Rights; migration; Privacy; security
Grant, Isabel Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Psychiatry and Law
Harris, Douglas Law and legal practice; property law; condominium law; legal history
Hastie, Bethany Labour & Employment Law, Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies, Access to Justice
Hutchison, Camden Business, corporate and commercial law; Contract law; legal history


Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Peter A. Allard School of Law.


Publication: Modern Law Review
UBC Author(s): Samuel Peter Beswick (Peter A. Allard School of Law / Peter A. Allard School of Law)
ISSN: 00267961
Volume: 84
Page Range: 1105-1121
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice
UBC Author(s): Debra Parkes (Peter A. Allard School of Law / Peter A. Allard School of Law)
Page Range: 151-164
Publication Date: 30 July 2021

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Recent Thesis Submissions

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
2021 Dr. Dzah studied how Africa influences and is influenced by the concept of sustainable development. He argued that ethics and customary and Indigenous norms can revitalise the legal dimensions of this concept. He proposed ecological law as a new way to theorise and implement sustainable development and to reorganise links between society and nature. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2021 Dr. Nickason examines Canada's efforts to give effect to First Nations' rights of self-determination and self-government. She demonstrates that cultural differences, in the ways First Nations and settler societies conceive of legitimacy, have undermined our capacity to negotiate new arrangements to give effect to these rights. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2020 Dr. Pilliar developed a new person-centered approach to understand and remedy access to justice problems. Drawing on analyses of the legal services landscape, interview research with people who have had access to justice problems, and data on how lawyers do their work, Dr. Pilliar proposes four tangible steps to improve access to justice in Canada. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2020 Dr. Yorgun studied ostracized populations, understudied in refugee law, conducting novel interviews in South Africa. Dr. Yorgun's research unmasked a bias in refugee law which predominantly focuses on the asylum systems of Western states. She demonstrates this must be overcome to better understand some of the most vulnerable, least mobile refugees. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
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. 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)