October 3, 2016
In Memoriam: Ian Townsend-Gault
The Allard School of Law and the wider UBC community were saddened by the recent passing of Associate Professor Ian Townsend-Gault. He will be remembered for the many contributions he made to the Allard School of Law, to UBC and to the lives and work of his colleagues and students.
Before his appointment at UBC, Ian served for several years as Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, in both the Schulich School of Law and the Institute for Resources and Environmental Studies, helping to found the Marine Affairs Program as well as the Oceans Institute of Canada. On his arrival at the Allard School of Law in 1989, he became Founding Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, inspiring his colleagues with a commitment to building better understanding about legal developments in Asia. His pioneering work on the South China Sea maritime boundary disputes in the early 1990s laid the foundation for much of the international law discourse that followed. He will be missed by friends, colleagues and his many former students in Canada and around the world.
An obituary was published earlier in the Bowen Island Undercurrent (Vol. 42, No. 79, p. 6).