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, former 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 UBC Chancellor and 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
  • Justice Ardith Walkem, QC, first Indigenous woman judge in the province, and both an LLB and LLM alumna
  • The Honourable Patricia Proudfoot, OBC, first female judge in BC

Research Facilities

Allard Hall, home of the Allard School of Law, creates a welcoming and inspiring learning, research and meeting place for students, faculty, staff and the wider legal community.

Opened in 2011, the $56-million 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 – provides a space to 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 including social justice, business law, environmental law, sustainability and 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
Hutchison, Camden Business, corporate and commercial law; Contract law; legal history
Joshi, Yuvraj Constitutional and comparative law, Racial equality law, Gender and sexuality law, Critical perspectives on human rights
Kaushal, Asha Cultural Difference and Law; Constitutional Law and Theory; Critical and Legal Theory; Immigration Law; Citizenship Law; international law
Kong, Hoi Administrative Law; Comparative Law; Constitutional law; Environmental Law; Legal theory; Regulatory Design and Governance
Kroft, Edwin Other humanities; Tax law
Lazarus, Liora
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
Liao, Carol Business Law, Corporate Governance, Sustainable Development Law, Law and Economics, Social Enterprise Law, Access to Justice
Lin, Li-Wen Comparative corporate governance; Corporate social responsibility; The interdisciplinary study of corporate law and economic sociology; Law and economic development; Chinese law
Liston, Mary Administrative law; Constitutional law; Public Law; Administrative Law; Jurisprudence; Rule of law; Comparative public law; Law and literature; Law and politics; Democracy; Values and norm systems; Political regimes; Indigenous law
MacDougall, Bruce Law of Obligations, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Secured Transactions, Commercial Transactions
Mack, Johnny legal relationship between indigenous and settler peoples in contemporary settler states, particularly Canada
Matsui, Shigenori Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law, Information Law, Internet Law, Japanese Law, Law and Medicine
Mickelson, Karin Environmental law
Moore, Marcus Law (except legal practice and international law); Contract Law / Private Law; Regulatory Theory and Design; Socio-Economic Regulation; Sports Law & Governance; Law & Society (Law in Context)
Parkes, Debra Constitutional law; criminal law; Critical Prison Studies; Feminist Legal Studies; Socio-Legal Studies; Human Rights; Societal injustices through rights claims; incarceration of women; limits of prison reform; framing and adjudicating of prisoners' rights claims
Pavlich, Dennis Property law, law of trusts, western idea of law, education law, condominium law in British Columbia, academic freedom, environmental justice
Peihani, Maziar Banking Law; Business Law; Corporate Law; international law; Financial Law; Banking Regulation; Resolution of cross-border bank failures; Sovereign debt restructuring, and disclosure; Governance of climate-related financial risk
Perrin, Benjamin Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Victims of Crime, Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation
Pindell, Ngai Property law, Affordable housing, Community development, Local government law
Reynolds, Graham Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, property law, Intellectual Property and Human Rights, Technology and Access to Justice
Routh, Supriya Law (except legal practice and international law); Asian legal studies; Human Rights; Jurisprudence, legal theory, and critical studies; Labour and employment law; law and development; Law and social justice; Law and society
Sarfaty, Galit International Law, Human Rights, Regulatory Governance, Law and Development Organizational Culture, Corporate Sustainability
Sarra, Janis Corporate finance, banking law, corporate governance, securities law, contracts, commercial insolvency law, economics
Stacey, Jocelyn Law and legal practice; Administrative Law; Disaster Law; Environmental Law; Public Law; Regulatory and Legal Theory


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.


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
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)
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. Cedillo studied how national legal systems impact the interpretation of globalized standards. Using Mexico as a case study, she developed a framework for states to establish their interpretation of the term public policy using four specific factors and local legal elements. Her work guides us to engage with pluralistic perspectives in law. 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)
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)