Peter A Allard School of Law

Douglas McK Brown Lecture 2024

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Aziz Huq

Aziz Z. Huq is a scholar of US and comparative constitutional law. His recent work concerns democratic backsliding and the regulation of AI. His award-winning scholarship is published in several books and in leading law, social science, and political science journals. He also writes for Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other non-specialist publications. In 2015, he received the Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence. He has an active pro bono practice, and is on the board of the American Constitution Society, the Seminary Coop, the New Press, and the ACLU of Illinois.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Huq was counsel and then director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Project, litigating cases in both the US Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. As a Senior Consultant Analyst for the International Crisis Group, he researched and wrote on constitutional design and implementation in Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. He was a law clerk for Judge Robert D. Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a 2001 graduate of Columbia Law School where he was awarded the John Ordronaux Prize (for the student graduating first in their class).

About the lecture

The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law was established in 1986 in honour of one of Canada's most distinguished counsel and one of British Columbia's most eminent citizens. Douglas McK. Brown was born in Vancouver in 1912 and educated at the University of British Columbia and in Cambridge, England. For many years he taught at the law school, in addition to his busy practice in the firm of Russell & DuMoulin and his many public interests.

Douglas McK. Brown died in 1982 and soon thereafter a campaign was initiated to establish a Chair of Law in his name. Distinguished Visitors are appointed to the Faculty to participate in the intellectual life of the law school and to contribute to its program of legal education, including delivering the Douglas McK. Brown Lecture.

The Lecture is a public expression of the Faculty's wish to commemorate Mr. Brown and to thank those whose contributions enabled the Chair to be endowed. It is open to the profession, students and the public.


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