Peter A Allard School of Law

Who We Are

The faculty at the Centre for Asian Studies (CALS) at the Allard School of Law is the largest group of academics teaching and researching Asian legal issues in Canada. Our full-time members and adjunct professors primarily focus on the law and legal culture of China (including Taiwan), Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. To learn more, click on the names below.

  • Jie Cheng

    Associate Professor

    Jie Cheng is Associate Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her teaching and research interests include Chinese law and government, comparative constitutionalism, judicial politics, freedom of information, property law and Hong Kong Basic Law. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law, she taught at Tsinghua University School of Law from 1999-2019.

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  • Wei Cui

    Professor

    Professor Wei Cui joined the law faculty at the University of British Columbia in 2013. His research and writing span a wide range of topics in tax law and policy, including international taxation, tax administration and compliance, tax and development, the value added tax, and tax and spending policies targeted at the labor market. His current research projects examine the design of international taxation in light of the evolution of international trade, and compare redistributive policies in democratic v. authoritarian countries.

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  • Benjamin Goold

    Professor

    Dr Benjamin Goold is a Professor at the Allard School of Law. He holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Tasmania, as well as a BCL and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights.

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  • Hoi Kong

    Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., UBC Professorship in Constitutional Law

    Professor Hoi Kong is the inaugural holder of The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., UBC Professorship in Constitutional Law, which he assumed in 2018.  He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Program on Comparative Constitutional Studies and a Peter Wall Scholar (2020-2021).  He researches and teaches in the areas of constitutional, administrative, municipal and comparative law, and constitutional and public law theory.  

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  • Carol Liao

    Associate Professor
    UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar​, Director of the Centre for Business Law

    Professor Carol Liao is an award-winning researcher and teacher specializing in corporate law and sustainability, climate governance, business ethics, gender and racial justice. She is the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, Director of the Centre for Business Law, and Principal co-Investigator of the Canada Climate Law Initiative. She is the recipient of the BIV Influential Women in Business Award, BCBusiness Women of the Year Award, and was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network.

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  • Li-Wen Lin

    Associate Professor

    Professor Li-Wen Lin is an Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law. Her research and teaching interests include comparative corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, state capitalism, Chinese law, and law and economic sociology.

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  • Shigenori Matsui

    Professor Shigenori Matsui joined the Allard School of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005.  He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004.

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  • Pitman Potter

    Professor (Emeritus)
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

    Pitman Potter retired from UBC in 2020.  Prior to his retirement, Potter served in various roles at Allard Hall, including as Director of Chinese Legal Studies, Director of Asian Legal Studies, Director of the Graduate Program, and Associate Dean. Potter also served as Director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research during 1999-2008, where he held the HSBC Chair in Asian Research (1999- 2016). 

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