Peter A Allard School of Law

Research Faculty Directory

  • Natasha Affolder

    Professor

    Natasha Affolder is a Professor and a former Associate Dean Research and International at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She is a leading scholar in transnational environmental law whose research explores some of the most challenging and complex issues of our time.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
    • Centre for Law and the Environment
  • Erez Aloni

    Associate Professor

    Erez Aloni’s primary research interests lie in the legal regulation of adult relationships and complex family structures. His work stages the family as an institution affected by a broad range of laws, norms, and economic structures; he is particularly interested in the distributional results of legal regulation of the household and in the intersection of private law with family law.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Efrat Arbel

    Associate Professor
    Member of the Bar of British Columbia

    Efrat Arbel publishes and teaches in refugee law, prison law, constitutional law, and tort law. Her research examines how legal rights are negotiated and defined in liminal legal spaces like the border, the detention center, and the prison.

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  • Joel Bakan

    Professor (on sabbatical)

    Joel Bakan writes and researches in the areas of Constitutional Law, socio-legal studies, legal theory and economic law. He has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and served as Law Clerk in 1985 for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada  He joined the Law Faculty in 1990 as Associate Professor after a year's visit from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he had been Assistant Professor since 1987.  Professor Bakan teaches Constitutional Law, Contracts, socio-legal courses and the graduate seminar.  

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  • Patricia M. Barkaskas

    Associate Professor of Teaching
    Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic; Academic Director, ILS

    Patricia M. Barkaskas is Métis from Alberta. Her research focuses on the intersection of justice and law, including access to justice, clinical legal education, and decolonizing and Indigenizing law. She is particularly interested in examining the value of Indigenous pedagogies in experiential learning, clinical legal education, and skills-based legal training, and disrupting the normative violence of colonial legal education.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
    • Indigenous Legal Studies
  • Nicole Barrett

    Assistant Professor of Teaching
    Director, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic

    Nicole Barrett is Director of the International Justice and Human Rights (IJHR) Clinic at Allard Law, where she teaches international human rights, international criminal law international humanitarian law as well as a seminar on human trafficking law and policy.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Janine Benedet

    Professor

    Janine Benedet joined the law school faculty in 2005 and served as Dean pro tem. Her first stop after her L.L.B. graduation from UBC was a clerkship with fellow UBC alumnus Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. That was followed by graduate studies – leading to both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. – at the University of Michigan, where she also taught as a Visiting Faculty Fellow. She practiced labour law in Toronto from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1999-2005.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Samuel Beswick

    Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor Samuel Beswick is a private law scholar with primary research interests in the areas of torts, unjust enrichment, limitations, remedies, and privacy. His current research concerns the temporal scope of judicial changes in the law. Dr. Beswick has published his research in leading common law journals, and has presented at workshops and conferences across North America and in the United Kingdom.

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    • Centre for Business Law
  • Brenna Bhandar

    Associate Professor

    Prior to joining Allard Law, Brenna was a Reader in Law and Critical Theory at SOAS, University of London, and previously held faculty positions at the Queen Mary School of Law, Kent Law School and the University of Reading Law School. She has also held visiting appointments at L’École des hautes études en science sociales (Paris) and the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law (South Africa).

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  • Brian Bird

    Assistant Professor

    Brian Bird’s primary research interests are constitutional law and theory, interactions between courts and legislatures, jurisprudence, philosophy of law, legal history, and bills of rights.

    Before joining Allard Law, Brian was a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. At Princeton, Brian was also a lecturer in Politics.

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