Peter A Allard School of Law

Faculty Colloquium Series - Changing Times or Same Old Mess? Access to Justice and Regulatory Reform in the US and Canada

Changes in the regulation of legal services around North America open up new opportunities to expand and enhance access to justice.  What does research tell us about how this might happen?  And what do we know about how long noticeable impacts might take to manifest? 

As 2021 begins, there may be reasons for optimism that regulatory reforms in the legal services field may help to improve access to justice.  The Law Society of BC’s recent announcement of a “legal services innovation sandbox” is a significant event that follows other notable developments elsewhere in Canada and the United States.  But will these developments actually lead to improved access to justice?  Against the backdrop of these regulatory developments, this talk will explore a novel, person-centred normative conception of access to justice to reinvigorate legal service reforms.  And it will suggest an example of how that normative conception could be realized in practice in BC.

Presenters: Rebecca Sandefur, Professor, Arizona State University and Andrew Pilliar, Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University

This presentation is part of Access to Justice Week.

To receive the Zoom link on Thursday morning, please RSVP to


  • Research
  • Allard School of Law
  • All Students
  • Faculty
  • Research Talks
Peter A. Allard School of Law UBC Crest The official logo of the University of British Columbia. Urgent Message An exclamation mark in a speech bubble. Arrow An arrow indicating direction. Caret A month-view page from a calendar. Caret An arrowhead indicating direction. Contact A page from a rolodex. Facebook The logo for the Facebook social media service. Information The letter 'i' in a circle. Instagram The logo for the Instagram social media service. Instagram An arrow exiting a rectangle. Linkedin The logo for the LinkedIn social media service. Mail An envelope. Minus A minus sign. Telephone An antique telephone. Play A media play button. Plus A plus symbol indicating more or the ability to add. Rss The logo for the Reddit social media service. Rss A symbol with radiating bars indicating an RSS feed. Search A magnifying glass. Twitter The logo for the Twitter social media service. Youtube The logo for the YouTube video sharing service.