Peter A Allard School of Law

Adjunct Profiles

Faculty members affiliated with the Centre for Business Law are continuously advancing business law scholarship through leading-edge research. Focused on a broad range of areas connected to business law, the Centre’s research is interdisciplinary in focus and global in influence. 

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Adjunct Profiles

Tyson is an associate at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP focusing on video game, ‎information technology, and e-commerce businesses, as well as emerging and growth stage companies. He joins Ryan Black as a co-instructor of the RBS Business Law Clinic.

Published May 2019

We are pleased to announce that Ryan J. Black, partner at DLA Piper (Canada)'s Vancouver office, has been appointed Clinic Adjunct in the Business Law Clinic for the 2019/2020 academic year. He has extensive experience in technology-related business law and is currently a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the Centre. Additionally, in 2017 he was named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 in Lexpert’s annual Rising Stars edition. He has made an undeniably positive impact on the industries he serves, and we are excited to have him bring his expertise to the Clinic.

Published August 2019

Pavan Jawanda received his B.B.A. from Simon Fraser University in 2003 and his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 2008. As a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Gold Affiliate of the Centre), his practice is primarily focused on advising public and private companies and private equity firms from a range of industries on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, venture capital, and other corporate and commercial transactions. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Pavan was a corporate lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP where he was based in its New York office from 2008 to 2012 and in its Hong Kong office from 2012 to 2014. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and was previously an auditor with KPMG LLP. Next semester, Mr. Jawanda will teach Topics in Corporate Law: Financial Accounting in Legal Practice at the Allard School of Law.

Published Winter 2019

Mr. Festinger is a Vancouver based counsel and educator. As an Adjunct Professor, he has taught a wide variety of law courses relating to intellectual property, media & communications, and business over more than 25 years at the law school at UBC. He is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University, a faculty member of the Centre for Digital Media, and Honorary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Studies, Queen Mary University of London School of Law. Mr. Festinger is the author of the first edition of Video Game Law published by LexisNexis in 2005, and co-author of the second edition published in 2012, and is Co-editor and Chief of the Interactive Entertainment Law Journal. Additionally, he practices law through Festinger Law & Strategy. He is Chair of viaSport B.C. and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee.

Published Spring 2019

Ms. Chow is the Vice President Legal and General Counsel at Keg Restaurants Ltd., where her broad portfolio includes legal matters such as financing, real estate and leasing, business development, franchising, key partnership agreements, risk management, insurance, litigation, trademark protection, and corporate compliance. Before joining The Keg in 2006, she had a thriving private practice as a commercial and real property lawyer in Alberta and British Columbia.  

Published Winter 2018

Erika Tse holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC, and her ICD.D (directors education program) from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Vice-President of Human Resources for GLENTEL Inc. She teaches and oversees students in Corporate Counsel Externship.

Published Fall 2018

Ms. Baron is a Co-Director of the Business Law Clinic and an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2004, and assists small business clients with a variety of matters including incorporations, share structure, non-competition agreements and other contracts. Ms. Baron has helped many non-profit societies with their incorporations, bylaws and ongoing governance. She also practices estate planning and estate administration.

Published Summer 2018

Faculty Profiles

Professor Johnny Mack is from the Toquaht Nation (Nuu-chah-nulth) and researches on Indigenous legal traditions in settler state contexts and the intersection of Indigenous law and economic development.

Published Spring 2021

Professor Kristen Thomasen is a leading Canadian expert in robotics law and policy, specializing in drone regulation and the privacy impacts of robotic technologies. She teaches Robotics Law & Policy and Tort Law.

Published Winter 2021

Dr. Li-Wen Lin is an Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law, where her research and teaching interests focus on comparative corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and empirical analysis of law. Dr. Lin’s research has been profiled in international news media such as the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and Radio Free Asia. She is an invited researcher at CRETA of National Taiwan University. Prior to entering academia, Professor Lin was a consultant at a Forbes Global 2000 company.

Published Fall 2020

Professor Joseph Weiler created the first academic courses in Canada in sports law, media and entertainment law, the law and economic development, the law of cyberspace and the law of the Olympic Games. He has taken great joy in supporting and mentoring his students, having supervised hundreds of students in directed studies projects and graduate theses. He is Founding Co-Director of the Anti-Corruption Law Program, a collaborative effort in public education programming by the Allard School of Law at UBC, Transparency International (Canada Chapter) and the ICCLR and Criminal Justice Policy. He is the Vice-Chair of Transparency International Canada and will also continue his research and writing as a very active member of the UBC Emeritus College.

Published Summer 2020

Professor Ghebremusse specializes in mining governance, law and development, and African legal studies and human rights. A rising star in her field, she believes the law’s transformative potential can work in the fight against global poverty. 

Published Spring 2020

After years of practicing corporate finance and Aboriginal law, as well as undertaking a role as a senior policy official, Dr. Alexandra Flynn found her passion in research and teaching, first as an assistant professor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) and now as an assistant professor at the Allard School of Law.

Published Spring 2020

Dr. Biuković is a Professor in the Allard School of Law. She teaches Contract Law, European Union Law, and International Trade Law. Her research interests are in the areas of international economic law and European Union integration. She publishes regularly on topics of legal transplantation of international norms and standards by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations, mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and the development of European Union.

Published Fall 2019

Dr. Stepan Wood is a Professor at the Allard School of Law, where his research relates to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational governance, voluntary standards, climate change, and environmental law. He leads the interdisciplinary Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) project, an international research network that examines the drivers, dynamics, and impacts of competition, cooperation, coordination, and conflict among transnational initiatives to regulate global business.

Published Spring 2018

Dr. Camden Hutchison recently joined the Allard School of Law as an Assistant Professor. His research and teaching focus on corporate transactions, comparative corporate governance, and legal history. Dr. Hutchison earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where his dissertation examined the history of corporate regulation in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Before returning to graduate school, he practiced as a corporate associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Published Fall 2017

Dr. Carol Liao recently joined the Allard School of Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Dr. Liao specializes in business law, corporate governance, economic analysis of law, and the emerging field of social enterprise law. She earned a Ph.D./S.J.D. from the University of Toronto and UBC (Joint Program). Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Liao was a senior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York).

Published Summer 2017

Dr. Cristie Ford is Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law and Director of the Centre for Business Law. Her research interests include regulatory theory, securities regulation, and administrative law. Dr. Ford practiced in New York for six years prior to coming to Allard Law.

Published Fall 2016

Pitman Potter is Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law. His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.

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