Peter A Allard School of Law

Maira Hassan

PhD Student
Hons. B.A. (Western), LL.B. (Queen Mary), LL.M. (University of British Columbia), PhD Candidate (University of British Columbia)



Maira Hassan is a doctoral candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her current research centres critical race feminism, investigating the challenges marginalized and racialized complainants might face in sexual assault law in Canada. She is a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (SSHRC) and the Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF).

Supervisor: Isabel Grant



Maira Hassan, “Holiday romantic movies and their borderline illegal behaviours”, The Conversation (21 December 2021), online: <>

Maira Hassan, “A legal perspective on extraterritorial policing” in Monica den Boer, ed., Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective (Research Handbook on Comparative Policing, Edward Elgar Publishing, December 2018).

Saskia Hufnagel and Maira Hassan, “Women in International Policing: Replacing the ‘Old Boys Club’?” (2018) 6:1 Salus Journal 63.

Maira Hassan, Making ‘space’ for women in Canadian Peacekeeping: the battle of closing the gap (LLM Thesis, Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2017).



Maira Hassan, “Renewed Legal Pluralism Through Living Legal Traditions” (Presented at the 23rd UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Conference, Peter A. Allard School of Law, May 2019).

Maira Hassan, “Being a Voucher: Conversations on Climate Justice in the South Asian Diaspora” (Presented at Using the performing arts to advance public policy discussion on climate change and sustainable finance, Bowen Island, March 2019).

Maira Hassan, “Canning & Using Flow Charts for Exam Prep” (Indigenous Legal Studies Academic Leadership Certificate, November 2019).

Maira Hassan, “Legal Writing and Analysis – an overview”, (Indigenous Legal Studies Summer Intensive, June 23, 2020).

Maira Hassan, “The Spirit of Community: A need to commune” (Tedx Talks, London, June 2015)

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Organization Affiliations

  • Allard School of Law

Research Interests

  • Criminal law and criminal justice
  • Feminist legal studies
  • Jurisprudence, legal theory, and critical studies
  • Law and social justice
  • Law and society
  • Law, gender and sexuality

How can we unpack and remedy gendered and racial stereotypes in Canadian sexual assault cases?

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