Allard School of Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC is pleased to announce the appointment of several new faculty members beginning this July. We have seven new tenured or tenure-track hires, with three junior scholars joining us as visiting assistant professors for the 2017/18 academic year.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Erez Aloni holds an LLB degree from the Haim Striks School of Law at the College of Management (Israel) and LLM and SJD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a seminar on sexuality and the law. Between 2011-2013 he held a Fellowship at Columbia Law School’s Center for Reproductive Rights. Dr. Aloni comes to the Allard School of Law from the Whittier Law School in California, where he has taught contracts, privacy law, administrative law, sales law, and the law of adult relationships. Dr. Aloni researches and publishes primarily about regulation of family, human sexuality, and gender with a focus on the economic aspects of these laws. 

Dr. Toby Goldbach holds a BA (Political Science) degree from McGill, JD and LLM degrees from Osgoode Hall, and LLM and JSD degrees from Cornell Law School. She has worked as a law clerk and senior law clerk in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, as a research and policy lawyer for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and as a complaints coordinator and mediator for the College of Nurses of Ontario. Most recently, she has held the appointment of Adjunct Professor of Law and Postdoctoral Associate in Graduate Legal Studies at Cornell University Law School, where she taught legal writing and an upper level seminar on judicial functions. Toby's research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of dispute resolution and legal procedure, with a particular focus on procedural reform, judicial politics, and the transnational movement of law. She has published articles on a variety of topics in these areas, from the increasing presence of judicial education in law and development programs, to the transnational movement of US legal procedure, and the evolution of sentencing circles in Canadian trials. 

Dr. Bethany Hastie has been a Lecturer at the Allard School of Law since 2015. She is an alumna of Allard Law (JD ’09) and completed her Masters in Law (LLM ’12) and Doctorate in Law (DCL ’15) at McGill University. During her doctoral studies, she held an O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, and the Ian C Pilarczyk Teaching Fellowship in Legal Research Methodology. While at McGill, Bethany was an active member of the Oppenheimer Chair of Public International Law, the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and the Institute of Comparative Law. Bethany’s research is driven by an interest in precarious labour, and examines this issue in the intersecting spaces of labour and employment, migration, and human rights law. Her work has been published in several journals and edited collections, and has led to engagement in policy projects with a variety of organizations.

Camden Hutchison is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he earned his JD degree in 2005, after completing a BA in History (Honours) at the University of Rochester.  He recently completed his PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his dissertation was entitled "Regulating the Corporation: Legal and Economic Policy Development in Twentieth-Century America." He also has several years of practice experience as an associate with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Camden researches and teaches in the areas of corporate law, contracts and commercial transactions, and legal history, and has also published on corporate taxation and competition law.

Dr. Carol Liao joins the Allard School of Law from the University of Victoria, where she has been a member of the Faculty of Law since 2015. Carol specializes in business law, corporate governance, economic analysis of law, and the emerging field of social enterprise law. Her research has been published in 14 books and peer-reviewed journals, and has been cited in the Director Journal, Business in Vancouver, and the Financial Post. She is a co-author of the forthcoming textbook, Business Organizations: Practice, Theory, and Emerging Challenges, 2nd ed. (with R. Yalden, J. Sarra, et al) and is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook for Social Enterprise Law. While at UVic Law, Carol was awarded the 2016 Law Students’ Society First Year Class Teaching Award. Carol earned a PhD/SJD from the University of Toronto and UBC (Joint Program), where she held numerous scholarships and awards, including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and the Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award issued by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Prior to her graduate studies, Carol was a senior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York), representing public and private multinational corporations in a variety of complex transactions, and also serving pro bono as a legal researcher for the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda. Carol is a former law clerk of the BC Court of Appeal, and an alumna of Allard Law, holding an LLM and LLB from UBC, as well as a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University. 

Régine Tremblay holds degrees in civil law and common law from McGill University (BCL and LLB) and an LLM from the University of Toronto. Funded by a SSHRC doctoral award, she is currently in the final stages of the SJD program there as well. She also is a practising member of the Barreau du Québec and has undertaken basic training in family mediation with the Association de médiation familiale du Québec. Before beginning her doctoral research, she was Assistant Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and Lecturer in Canadian Family Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is the co-editor of Les intraduisibles en droit civil and the co-author of the Private Law Dictionary and Bilingual Lexicons – Family, 2nd ed and the Dictionnaire de droit privé et lexiques bilingues – Les familles, 2e éd. Régine’s research interests are in the areas of private law, comparative law, family law, law of persons, youth protection, family mediation, and feminist and queer theories, on which she has published a number of articles. 


Joining us this year as a senior member of faculty, Dr. Stepan Wood was previously Professor and York Research Chair in Environmental Law and Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also held visiting appointments around the world, including at the University of Verona, Bar-Ilan University, the European University Institute, and Northwestern University. His research relates to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational governance, voluntary standards, climate change, and environmental law. He leads the interdisciplinary Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) project, an international research network that examines the drivers, dynamics, and impacts of competition, cooperation, coordination, and conflict among transnational initiatives to regulate global business. His co-authored book, A Perilous Imbalance: The Globalization of Canadian Law and Governance (UBC Press, 2010), was shortlisted for the Donald Smiley award for best book on Canadian politics. Stepan is also Editor in Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Coordinator of the York University JD/Master in Environmental Studies joint program, founding co-director of Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program, founding co-chair of the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot, Vice-Chair of the Canadian national committee on environmental management systems standards, and a lead Canadian negotiator of the ISO 14001 and 14004 standards. Stepan holds an LLB from Osgoode Hall. Before obtaining his SJD from Harvard Law School, he was a law clerk to the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada and practised law with White & Case in New York.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Sara Ghebremusse is currently a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Osgoode Hall law School, where she is writing a dissertation on “Revisiting the ‘Resource Curse’: Law, the Developmental State, and the Governance of Mineral Resources in Southern Africa.” Following a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern and African Studies at the University of Alberta (2006), Sara completed an MA in International Affairs at Carleton University jointly with a JD (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa in 2012, and went on to complete an LLM at the University of Toronto in 2014. She has held positions with the City of Toronto Legal Services Division and the College of Midwives of Alberta. She has published on natural resource governance, development and human rights, with research presentations at conferences in Canada, US, Mexico and Africa.

Andrew Flavelle Martin is an SJD candidate at the University of Toronto. He holds a BSc (Honours) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, a JD (with bronze medal) from the University of Toronto, and an LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown. Andrew's research interests are in legal ethics and health law, and particularly professional regulation. He has published pieces on a range of topics, including several on law society regulation of the Attorney General and lawyer-politicians. His dissertation topic at the University of Toronto is “The Future of Mandatory Reporting Laws: Developing a Legal and Policy Framework for Determining What Reporting Obligations to Impose on Professionals." Andrew’s SJD research has been supported by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and by the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practiced as a law clerk and judicial research lawyer with the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Michael Da Silva is completing an SJD dissertation, “Realizing the ‘Right’ to Health Care in Canada”, at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His doctoral work is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He holds a BA (Honours) in Philosophy and Contemporary Studies (with a minor in Film Studies) from the University of King’s College (Halifax), a JD from the University of Toronto and an MA in (Legal) Philosophy from Rutgers University. Michael has published widely in the areas of healthcare law, bioethics, ethics, and philosophy of law and jurisprudence.  He has also served as a researcher for the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (Codification Division) and as a foreign law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel.