Peter A Allard School of Law

Alexandra Flynn

Assistant Professor
JD (Osgoode), LLM (Berkeley), PhD (Osgoode)


Professor Flynn’s teaching and research focuses on municipal law and governance, administrative law, property law, and experiential education. Her previous project, “The Landscape of Local in Toronto’s Governance Model,” looked at the overlapping geographies and governance of city space, including the formal and informal bodies that represent residents. The project, which resulted in several peer-reviewed paper and public reports, conceptualized how cities are understood in law and how they govern. Professor Flynn recently began a SSHRC-funded project which seeks to understand the legal relationship between First Nations and municipal governments. The goal of this project is to illuminate the legal obligations of municipal governments, including the duty to consult and accommodate, to create reciprocal, respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and First Nations.

In addition to these projects, Professor Flynn is fortunate to be a participant of Project Fact(s), which brings together academics and practitioners from across legal disciplines and professions to understand the many dimensions of the R. v. Stanley case. She is also contributing to a deeper understanding of the governance of “smart cities” in the City of Toronto, including the role and duties of Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs.

Professor Flynn has a long history working in law and policy. She practiced banking and securities law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, where she was the recipient of several Legal Aid awards. She also practiced Aboriginal Law at Ratcliff & Company in Vancouver, representing First Nations. Prior to entering academia, she worked in a senior policy role at the City of Toronto, where, amongst other files, she managed the city’s review of the City of Toronto Act and negotiated a $152 million gas tax agreement.

Professor Flynn is a past TEDx speaker and a frequent media commentator. She has a long history of volunteer work in the areas of homelessness and access to justice.


Alexandra Flynn
“Operative Subsidiarity and Municipal Authority: The Case of Toronto’s Ward Boundary Review”
Full text: (2018) 55:1 Osgoode Hall L.J. 271-300
Alexandra Flynn
“Scattered Governance: A Typology for Toronto’s Business Improvement Areas”
in Ronit Levine-Schnur, ed., Measuring the Effectiveness of Real Estate Regulation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Cham: Springer, 2020
pp. 87-103
Kate Bedford, Donal Casey & Alexandra Flynn
“Keeping Chance in Its Place: The Socio-Legal Regulation of Gambling”
Full text: (2018) 30 JL & Soc Pol'y 1-10
Allard Research Commons
SSRN Paper
Alexandra Flynn
“A Tale of Two Casinos: Unequal Spaces of Local Governance”
Full text: (2018) 30 JL & Soc Pol'y 75-99
Alexandra Flynn & Donald Letters
“The Properties of Planning: An Evolving Landscape”
Full text: (2017) 27 JL & Soc Pol'y 94-115
Alexandra Flynn
“Reimagining Toronto's Community Councils”
Full text: (2017) 27 JL & Soc Pol'y 94-115
Allard Research Commons
SSRN Paper
Alexandra Flynn
“Regulating Critical Mass: Performativity and City Streets”
Full text: (2016) 37 Windsor Rev. Legal Soc. Issues 98-117
Allard Research Commons
SSRN Paper
Alexandra Flynn
“Taxpayers or Governments? Default as Determinant in Canadian and US Supreme Court Tax Decisions”
Full text: (2005) 38:3 Can J Pol Sci 605-625
SSRN Abstract

For Professor Flynn's publications available on SSRN, go here: SSRN Page 

Alex Flynn Profile

Organization Affiliations

  • Indigenous Legal Studies
  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Centre for Law and the Environment

Research Interests

  • Administrative law and regulatory governance
  • Law and society
  • Property and real estate
  • Urban and municipal law

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