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.

Allard Law is home to one of the world’s leading centres for legal research and home to a dynamic, accomplished and diverse group of faculty who make innovative and highly influential contributions to academic knowledge, the practice of law, the development of policy, and the progress of civil society at both national and international levels. Our faculty members carry out their research and teaching objectives with a commitment to pursue justice for the greater good of society.

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
 
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Master's Students
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Doctoral Students
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Graduate Degrees Awarded

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 sexuality, family law
Arbel, Efrat 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 sexual violence against women, prostitution and pornography, sexual harassment in employment and education
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
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 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
Ford, Cristie financial regulation, securities regulation, regulation & governance theory, administrative law, financial innovation and "fintech", legal innovation and "law tech", the legal profession
Ghebremusse, Sara natural resource governance; development; Human Rights
Goldbach, Toby Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law, Judicial Politics, Law and Development
Goold, Benjamin Privacy, Security, Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Border Studies, Migration
Grant, Isabel Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Psychiatry and Law
Harris, Douglas 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
Kaushal, Asha
Kong, Hoi
LeBaron, Michelle law, dispute resolution, conflict resolution, community conflict, cross-cultural conflict resolution, Cross-cultural Conflict Resolution, Law, Legal Culture and Conflict Resolution, Conflict across Worldview Differences, Creativity and Conflict, Gender and Conflict, Religion and Conflict, Teaching Innovation and Effective Teaching and Learning

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Graduate Student Profiles

Temitope Onifade

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Law, Society, and the Regulation of Low Carbon Economies

Grace Nosek

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Harnessing the Power of Law to Protect Climate Change Science from Manufactured Doubt

Moira Aikenhead

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Legal responses to technology-facilitated gender-based violence

Stefan Pauer

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Border Tax Adjustments in Support of Domestic Climate Policies: Explaining the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Andrew Pilliar

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Understanding the Market for Personal Legal Services to Improve Access to Civil Justice in Canada

Bingyu (Gloria) Liu

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
The China Problem in Africa’s Environmental Governance: A Multi-Level Regulatory Analysis of Chinese Multinationals’ Behaviour and Motivation

Alumni on Success

Robert Russo

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) [2012]
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Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

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