Natasha Affolder

Associate Professor

Associate Dean, Research and International

LLB (Alberta), BCL (Oxford), D.Phil. (Law) (Oxford)
Member of the Bar, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tel: 604.822.0734
Office: Allard Hall, room 264


Professor Affolder is an Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law. She is a Faculty Associate at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Professor Affolder holds an LLB from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and doctorate in law from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining UBC, Professor Affolder practiced law in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts and held a Research Associate position in the area of large project negotiation at Harvard Business School. She has also worked in various capacities for international non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Dr. Affolder publishes and lectures widely on diverse aspects of transnational environmental law. The "transnational" focus of her work emphasizes the cross-cutting nature of environmental issues that transcend state borders but are not limited to interactions between states. Current projects include a SSHRC-funded study of transnational contracts as a mechanism for biodiversity protection and research into the emergence of "international environmental standards" and their significance for transnational corporations. Natasha's recent research appears in leading law reviews including the American Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Chicago Journal of International Law, UBC Law Review, and the McGill Law Journal.

Among her professional activities, Natasha is on the board of the Canadian Council of International Law, and she is an expert advisory board member of the journals Transnational Environmental Law and the McGill Journal of International Sustainable Development Law. In 2011 she was a Parsons Visitor at the University of Sydney and a Visiting Researcher at the Australian National University (ANU). She is the former director of the Centre for Environmental Law at UBC. Natasha is active in knowledge translation through research presentations to policymakers, industry, NGOs, and judicial training on sustainable development law. She is the recipient of numerous awards including, in 2011, UBC's Killam Faculty Research Fellowship.

For Professor Affolder's publications available on SSRN, go here:

Selected publications are also listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.