Peter A Allard School of Law

Robin Elliot

Emeritus Professor of Law
B.Sc. (Hons.) (UBC) 1969, LL.B. (UBC) 1973, LL.M. (London) 1975


Professor Elliot joined the Allard School of Law as Assistant Professor in 1976, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and to Professor in 1991. He has twice served as an Associate Dean, first as Associate Dean, Student Affairs from 1991-93 and subsequently as Associate Dean, Administration and Finance from 2003-06. He served as the Director of Legal Research for the Special Committee on Pornography and Prostitution (Fraser Committee) from 1983-85, and as the Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1995-97. He has written extensively in the area of Constitutional Law, including works on both the Charter and Canadian federalism. He has adjudicated cases under provincial and federal human rights legislation and has been involved in the litigation of several important Charter and other constitutional cases. He was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1975 and received his Queen's Counsel designation in 2005.


Representative Published Works

  • "References, Structural Argumentation & the Organizing Principles of Canada's Constitution" (2001), 80 Canadian Bar Review 67 - 142
  • “Safeguarding Provincial Autonomy from the Supreme Court’s New Federal Paramountcy Doctrine: A Constructive Role for the Intention to Cover the Field Test?” (2007), 38 S.C.L.R. (2d) 629 – 668
  • “Interjurisdictional Immunity after Canadian Western Bank and Lafarge Canada Inc.: The Supreme Court of Canada Muddies the Doctrinal Waters Again”, (2008), 43 S.C.L.R. (2d) 433 - 498

Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.


Research Interests

Organizing Principles of Canada's Constitution

Federal Paramountcy and Interjurisdictional Immunity Doctrines

Equality Rights


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