Peter A Allard School of Law

Robert K. Paterson

Professor Emeritus
LL.B. (New Zealand) 1968, J.S.M. (Stanford) 1972


Robert K. Paterson was admitted to the Bars of New Zealand in 1969 and B.C. in 1981. Professor Paterson chaired the B.C. Task Force on International Commercial Arbitration (1986) and is co-author of International Trade and Investment Law in Canada (1994) and co-editor of UNCITRAL Model Law in Canada (1989). He is a panelist under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA (Trade Remedy Bi-national Review Panel). Apart from international trade law his major interest is cultural heritage and art law. He drew attention to Aboriginal repatriation issues by organizing the first global conference on the subject (with UNESCO support) at UBC in 1994. The conference proceedings were published as a special issue of the UBC Law Review (1995). He is associate editor of the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Rapporteur of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association of which he is a Canadian board member. He is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Corporations, Securities Regulation, International Trade and Investment and Cultural Property.


  • Teaches Corporations
  • International Trade Law
  • Cultural Property and Art Law
  • Topics in Cultural Heritage and Art Law  


Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty  Research Publications Database.


Research Interests

  • International law

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