Cristie Ford

Professor

Research Interests

financial regulation
securities regulation
regulation & governance theory
Administrative Law
financial innovation and "fintech"
legal innovation and "law tech"
the legal profession

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Research Methodology

regulation and governance theory
legal analysis
qualitative and quantitative analysis

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Doctoral students
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2020
I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.

Graduate Student Supervision

Doctoral Student Supervision (2008-2018)
Alleviating the corporate social responsibility reporting-performance inconsistency : a tentative proposal of the "reflexive law plus" model (2016)

The present research identifies corporate reporting-performance inconsistency as a major issue that undermines the current practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The inconsistency manifests in that companies either avoid disclosing negative information in their CSR reports or use vague and empty expressions to cover their CSR inaction. In most situations, instead of providing a complete and balanced picture and causing companies to re-examine their own CSR behaviour, CSR reporting has been declining into a strategic corporate communication tool that primarily serves firms’ own interests. Such a problem greatly challenges the fundamentals of CSR and raises hard questions as to the reliability of private regulation and corporate self-regulation pertaining to CSR reporting. Taking Canada as a field of research, the present study combines theoretical with empirical research methodology in order to thoroughly investigate the problem of the CSR reporting-performance inconsistency and provide a plausible solution to it from a law and regulation perspective. The main empirical research methods it takes are qualitative interviews and documentary analysis. In particular, the present research builds on the literature and empirical observations to explain the inconsistency and identify the regulatory gaps that currently exist in CSR reporting. As a side issue, it also questions the primary purpose of the CSR reporting regime, suggesting that CSR reporting should be used to transform irresponsible corporate performance and serve broader public goals.Inspired by the reflexive law literature and the empirical evidence, the present research develops a concrete model of “reflexive law plus” to address the CSR reporting-performance gap. “Reflexive law plus”, as named by the present research, is a refined form of reflexive law, in the sense that it is faithful to the fundamentals of the reflexive law theory, yet incorporates regulatory design components that can better catalyze and consolidate the self-referential capacity of the companies involved in CSR reporting. The present research holds that “reflexive law plus” provides a sound solution to remediate the inconsistency because it is pertinent to the regulatory circumstance in which CSR reporting is situated.

https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/24/items/1.0314936

Master's Student Supervision (2010-2017)
In search of a marriage counsellor : a proposal for strengthening the enforcement of Canadian constitutional conventions as legal rules of political behaviour (2017)

Canada’s constitutional framework consists of both written and unwritten sources. Within the subset of unwritten constitutional sources lies the body of constitutional conventions: rules of political morality that limit the scope of behaviour that would otherwise be legally permitted. Conventions are established by precedents and understood by political actors to be binding upon them. But the orthodox view holds that they are beyond the purview of the legal system and enforceable exclusively within the political realm. This thesis proposes measures for more effective regulation of political behaviour for compliance with constitutional conventions. These proposals are inspired by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement in 2014 that he would refrain from advising the Governor General to fill vacancies in the Senate of Canada. By convention, the Governor General only exercises the legal power to appoint Senators on the Prime Minister’s advice. Challenging the constitutionality of the Prime Minister’s conduct therefore implicated constitutional conventions. The author describes a judicial review application brought for this purpose as an illustrative example of the impracticality of litigation to enforce constitutional conventions. Drawing on that experience, he argues that Canadian jurisprudence ought to be renovated to accommodate and accept conventions as legally cognizable and enforceable rules. He further proposes the creation of an independent officer of Parliament accountable for monitoring political behaviour for compliance with constitutional conventions and drawing public attention to situations where conventional rules are breached.

https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/24/items/1.0347283

Publications

  • Systemic Risk Regulation in Comparative Perspective (2016)

    Department of Finance

  • Clayton Christensen Comes to Wall Street: a review of Chris Brummer, "Disruptive Innovation and Securities Regulation" (2015)

    Jotwell

  • Canadian Securities Regulation (5th Edition) (2014)

    LexisNexis Canada

  • Canadian Securities Regulation (5th Edition) (2014)

    Toronto: LexisNexis

  • Drama and Consequence in Accounting Standards Choice (Seriously): a review of Daniel Mügge and Bart Stellinga "The unstable core of global finance: Contingent valuation and governance of international accounting standards" (2014)

    Jotwell

  • The Problem with Corporate Monitorships (2014)

    The New York Times

  • Financial Innovation and Flexible Regulation: Destabilizing the Regulatory State (2013)

    North Carolina Banking Institute

  • Innovation-framing regulation (2013)

    The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

  • Regulation & Governance announces annual “Best Article” prize winners (2013)
    Tim Bartley and Cristie Ford and David Levi-Faur and Walter Mattli
    Regulation & Governance 7 (1) 1--1
  • A National Systemic Risk Clearinghouse? (2012)

    WHAT NEXT FOR CANADA? SECURITIES REGULATION AFTER THE REFERENCE

  • A Radical Perspective on the Mundane. a book review of Annelise Riles Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Crisis (2012)

    Jotwell

  • Dogs and Tails: Remedies in Administrative Law (2012)

    Administrative Law in Context

  • Prospects for scalability: Relationships and uncertainty in responsive regulation (2012)
    Cristie Ford
    Regulation & Governance 7 (1) 14--29
  • Regulating Financial Innovation? Review of Niamh Moloney The legacy effects of the financial crisis on regulatory design in the EU (2012)

    The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis

  • A response to Erik Gerding on making capture work (2011)

    Faculty Lounge Forum: Reforming Financial Reform? held at The Faculty Lounge, Duke University School of Law

  • Corporate Monitorships and New Governance Regulation: In Theory, in Practice, and in Context (2011)
    CRISTIE FORD and DAVID HESS
    Law & Policy 33 (4) 509--541
  • Introduction to “New Governance and the Business Organization” Special Issue of Law and Policy (2011)
    CRISTIE FORD and MARY CONDON
    Law & Policy 33 (4) 449--458
  • Macro-and Micro-Level Effects on Responsive Financial Regulation (2011)

    University of British Columbia Law Review

  • The Volcker Rule and the Limits of 'High Politics' (2011)

    Faculty Lounge Forum: Reforming Financial Reform? held at The Faculty Lounge, Duke University School of Law

  • Tripartism, Regulation & Zeitgeist (2011)

    Faculty Lounge Forum: Reforming Financial Reform? held at The Faculty Lounge, Duke University School of Law

  • New Governance in the Teeth of Human Frailty: Lessons from Financial Regulation (2010)

    Wisconsin Law Review

  • New Governance Securities Regulation in Theory and Practice (2010)

    Columbia University

  • Power Without Property, Still: Unger, Berle, and the Derivatives Revolution (2010)

    Seattle University Law Review

  • Principles-Based Securities Regulation in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis (2010)
    Cristie Ford
    McGill Law Journal 55 (2) 257
  • Smart enforcement: trends and innovations for monitoring, investigating and prosecuting corporate corruption (2009)

    Global Corruption Report 2009, Transparency International

  • Can Corporate Monitorships Improve Corporate Compliance? (2008)

    Journal of Corporate Law

  • Corporate Corruption and Reform Undertakings: a New Approach to an Old Problem (2008)

    Cornell International Law Journal

  • How Should We Teach Securities Regulation in a Fast-Moving World? (2008)

    Canadian Business Law Journal

  • New Governance, Compliance, and Principles-Based Securities Regulation (2008)
    Cristie L. Ford
    American Business Law Journal 45 (1) 1--60
  • Principles-Based Securities Regulation (2008)

    Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, Ministry of Finance. Government of Canada

  • Toward a New Model for Securities Law Enforcement (2005)

    Administrative Law Review

  • In Search of the Qualitative Clear Majority: Democratic Experimentalism and the Quebec Secession Reference (2001)

    Alberta Law Review

  • The Ties That Bind: A Review of Michael Ignatieff's The Rights Revolution (2001)

    Canadian Public Policy

  • Bright Lines: Status, Recognition and the Elusive Nature of Ageing (1996)

    Appeal

 

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Program Affiliations

Law
 

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