Peter A Allard School of Law

Research Excellence

Our Vision

We are leaders in advancing groundbreaking and meaningful research with local, national, and global impact.

Our research anticipates and responds to pressing societal challenges. It positively impacts policy, legislation, and the lives of individuals and communities, as well as contributing to the expansion of knowledge, to scholarly debate and to informing our teaching.

We foster a research culture that is inclusive, innovative and collaborative, creating an environment in which individuals can achieve their goals and scholars from many areas can come together and engage new ideas.

We embody diversity and transdisciplinarity in our approach, enabling idea exchange and relationship-building within and across disciplines and geographic areas.

Our students are an integral part of our research culture and we continuously enrich their research experience.

We prioritize supporting our diverse faculty complement and our graduate students in the pursuit of their scholarly aspirations.

Our Goals

Diversity in research: Foster a research culture and environment where different and diverse research and dissemination methods and academic pursuits are understood, valued, respected and supported 

Research support: Increase the level of research support and funding both internal and external and ensure that research opportunities and research promotion are equitably distributed across all dimensions of diversity. 

Global leadership: Increase awareness of Allard Law as a globally leading legal research centre and as a resource for policy development, law-making and judicial education. 

Public engagement: Increase faculty participation in media engagement and public showcasing of faculty research and enable faculty members to disseminate their research broadly. 

Community-based research: Increase institutional support for community-based research at local, national and global levels. 

Students in research: Increase and promote the integration of JD and graduate students into the faculty research culture. 

Collaboration: Increase faculty and law school participation in collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects within and outside of UBC, and in research-focused partnerships with departments, faculties and groups across the campus and with other global law schools. 

Research Excellence Spotlight

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Will AI revolutionize the legal profession? The jury is still out.

For years it’s been promised that artificial intelligence would lead to a revolution in law. But will AI change how people access legal services? And could it really replace human lawyers? AI and robotics expert Professor Kristen Thomasen weighs in.

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Why BC’s rules on common law marriage need reform

Allard Law professor and family law scholar Erez Aloni says there’s a good chance that many cohabitating couples in Canada don’t fully understand their legal obligations to one another – and that the law in BC and other provinces may not match some couples’ expectations.

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