Allard School of Law Research Centres, Areas of Faculty Concentration and Affiliated Law Reform Organizations

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is home to approximately 45 full time faculty members who are dedicated to advanced legal research and to outstanding scholarship that engages with some of the most important legal and policies issues affecting our local, national and global communities. Faculty members are involved in individual and collaborative research projects that often include interdisciplinary and international perspectives, allowing our faculty to shape the development of the law and our understanding of the relationship between law and society in areas ranging from Aboriginal Law to zoning. Faculty research is disseminated to a wide range to national and international academic, policy, and civil society stakeholders. Faculty research enlivens the classroom and provides opportunities for students to become involved in the development of the law. For further information about faculty research, click here

The Allard School of Law is home to centres of excellence and clusters of faculty expertise in Aboriginal law, Asian legal studies, business law, environmental and natural resources law, feminist legal studies, human rights and social justice, international law, law & society, and tax. The school is also home to affiliated law reform organizations: British Columbia Law Institute, which includes the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies, and the UN-affiliated International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. 

Research Centres

Centre for Business Law

The Centre for Business Law provides a robust, interdisciplinary and empirical research environment for research and scholarship in business law and finance policy, focused on both domestic and international comparative law. The Centre offers outstanding educational programs in business law for J.D. students, enhancing the quality of students' learning experience by increasing engagement with contemporary business law issues. The Centre's goal is to become a focal meeting place to enhance the intellectual exchange among the business law community, including scholars, judges, financiers, business leaders, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, government policy-makers and community members. For more information, click here.

Centre for Law and the Environment 

The Centre for Law and Environment seeks to establish a network of scholars and policymakers from a variety of disciplines, professions, and institutions throughout the world for the sharing of knowledge in the field of law and the environment. The Centre also provides a quality legal education that prepares students for a practice and a life as a lawyer that demands they be interdisciplinary, international, and attentive to indigenous issues. For more information, click here. 

Centre for Asian Legal Studies 

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies  is the largest group of academics teaching and researching Asian legal issues in Canada. The Centre’s teaching and reasearch activities focus on the law and legal culture of China (including Taiwan), Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on Indonesia and Vietnam. For more information, click here.

Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

The Allard School of Law is nationally and internationally renowned for its scholarship and teaching in Feminist Legal Studies. The purpose of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies is to enhance the visibility of feminist legal studies at UBC and to strengthen cooperation in research, teaching, and graduate student supervision between scholars working within the Faculty and elsewhere at UBC, as well as links and collaborations between scholars working in different university and community settings in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally. For more information, click here


Indigenous Legal Studies Program

The Allard School of Law is a leader in Indigenous legal education in North America. The primary objective of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program is to enhance Aboriginal involvement in the legal profession by providing legal education relating to Aboriginal issues and supporting the legal education of Indigenous students. Since 1975, over 180 Indigenous students have graduated from the Allard School of Law with a bachelor of laws degree. Many of those are now leaders who have helped to redefine Indigenous legal issues in Canada. For more information, click here.

Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Program

This this research project addresses the challenge of coordinating local compliance with international trade and human rights standards in the Asia-Pacific region. The project includes interview and archival research on trade and human rights dispute resolution in Canada, China, Indonesia, India and Japan, and includes local Case Studies selected and developed with Canadian policy needs in mind. The results of the research enables interdisciplinary scholars and policymakers in Canada and internationally to establish more effective mechanisms for ensuring coordinated compliance with international trade and human rights standards. Visit the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Program.


Cohabitation Project 

The goal of this study is to understand how the BC Family Law Act, implemented five years ago to administer the rights and obligations of unmarried couples, impacts unmarried couples who live together. The findings will help policymakers understand whether this law serves the needs of unmarried couples or whether we need to modify the system. This study is led by Dr. Erez Aloni, Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (University of British Columbia). Visit the Cohabitaion Project information page.

Affiliated Law Reform Organizations

British Columbia Law Institute

The British Columbia Law Institute is an independent research institution dedicated to modernizing and simplifying the law and adapting it to modern social needs, promoting improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promoting and conducting scholarly legal research.  For more information, click here.

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy

Founded in 1991, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy is a Vancouver-based, independent, non-profit institute, officially affiliated with the United Nations. We are dedicated to making a substantial contribution to national and international efforts to reduce crime and improve justice. For more information, click here.