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.

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
2012 Dr. Dempsey studied evolving corporate governance regulation and standards of business conduct in multiple regimes. Her research contributes to corporate governance scholarship providing insight into ethical and legal foundations of responsible conduct and informed discourse among market, government and public stakeholders to address both financial and ethical dimensions of business. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2011 Dr. Kangave studied communities displaced by infrastructure projects such as large dams. Focusing on Uganda 's Bujagali Hydroelectric Project, she investigated the impact of resettlement through legal, economic and humanitarian lenses. She concluded that to adequately protect displaced communities, multiple layers of legal protection are essential. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Fagbongbe studied women's engagement with the African regional human rights regime using a feminist Third World Approach to International Law analysis. She demonstrated the significance of adopting an interdependent and contextual understanding to the women's rights to invigorate the rights protected. Dr. Fagbongbe also emphasizes the role of stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the regime. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Wang's thesis explores whether the western tradition of transparency and rule of law, which are rooted in the value of liberal democracy, can be adapted to local norms of governance in China. He found that the country's public contract law and its implementation may be partially improved to achieve the goal of good governance without fundamental changes to the country's political and judicial system. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Oppong challenges the view that effective economic integration in Africa is hindered by purely socio-economic, political and infrastructural problems. He argues that radical reforms to community and national laws are needed to bring about the economic integration agenda that is essential for Africa's long-term economic growth. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Iyioha introduces a theory of Integrated Governance for health systems to address disparities between health governance regimes and consumer healthcare behaviour. She proposes that Integrated governance, which incorporates non-conventional human and material resources into health systems management, can create a functional health system for reducing inequity in healthcare delivery. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Milward's research explored ways to resolve tensions between Aboriginal methods of justice and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This research may be of valuable guidance if and when Aboriginal communities are able to design their own justice systems, and will have to address how to accommodate both Aboriginal collective goals and individual rights. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2010 Dr. Odumosu analyzed Third World peoples' participation in settling foreign investment disputes, using the World Bank's Investment Dispute Settlement Centre as a framework for study. She found that the incorporation of these peoples in the process and the substance of investment dispute settlement contributes to re-constructing foreign investment law. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2009 Dr. Cunliffe developed a methodology to study how law, medicine, and social values work together in contested murder trials. In light of recent legal and medical developments, she suggests that one mother may have been wrongly convicted of murdering her children, and demonstrates how this error occurred. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2008 Dr. Haggerty compared how nongovernmental groups in Canada and the United States monitor and contest hate crime labeling decisions by police and the courts. Differences in hate crime laws influence our understanding of equality by altering the types of social contention used to denounce homophobic and trans-phobic violence. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)