Peter A Allard School of Law

Research Faculty Directory

  • Ngai Pindell

    Dean and Professor

    On November 8, Ngai Pindell began a five-year term as Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Dean Pindell received his A.B. (Economics) in 1993 from Duke University and his J.D. in 1996 from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, he practiced community development law in Baltimore, MD, followed by a fellowship and visiting assistant professorship at the University of Baltimore School of Law Community Development Clinic. He joined the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and earned promotion to Professor in 2008.

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    • Dean's Office
  • Graham Reynolds

    Associate Professor
    Associate Dean, Research and International

    Dr. Graham J. Reynolds teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, property law, intellectual property and human rights, and technology and access to justice. His current research focus is the intersection of intellectual property and human rights, as well as the relationship between intellectual property and social justice.  

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    • Centre for Business Law
    • Centre for Law and the Environment
    • Dean's Office
  • Robert Russo

    Lecturer

    Dr. Russo obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD degrees from the Allard School of Law.  His research has been primarily in the area of immigration and labour/employment law and he has published several peer-reviewed articles in this field.  He joined UBC as a part-time faculty member in 2017 and was appointed a full-time Faculty Lead Lecturer for the LLMCL program in 2018.  He has subsequently guided the teaching for the Distance Learning and LLMCL programs as well as teaching in the first-year J.D. program.  He has also designed and taught online courses in in Torts and Public Law.

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  • Salima Samnani

    Lecturer
    Supervising Lawyer - Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

    Salima Samnani is a Kenyan Indo-Canadian Muslim immigrant. Her experience as a litigator and as a lecturer focuses on public law and civil law including family, child protection, and employment law. Salima’s research, areas of expertise, and advocacy focus mainly on access to justice, anti-racism, clinical legal education, and education for self-represented and underrepresented litigants.

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    • Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
  • Galit Sarfaty

    Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Economic Governance

    Galit A. Sarfaty holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Economic Governance and is an Associate Professor with tenure at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University.

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    • Centre for Business Law
  • Janis Sarra

    Professor

    Dr. Janis Sarra served as UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor from 2014 to 2019, an appointment by the President to recognize a faculty member that has made outstanding contributions as a scholar and academic leader. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sarra served as Director of the Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. Dr. Sarra is Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and founding Director of the National Centre for Business Law.

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    • Centre for Business Law
    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
    • Centre for Law and the Environment
  • Lynn Smith

    The Honourable Lynn Smith, OC QC

    The Honourable Lynn Smith, OC, QC, practised law with Shrum, Liddle and Hebenton (now McCarthy Tetrault), taught law at the UBC Faculty of Law (1981-98) and served as its Dean of Law (1991-97).  Her areas of research were Evidence, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Human Rights. 

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    • Allard School of Law
    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Jocelyn Stacey

    Associate Professor

    Jocelyn Stacey is an Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She researches environmental crises and the visible and invisible ways in which law creates, regulates and prevents these events.

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
    • Centre for Law and the Environment
    • Indigenous Legal Studies
  • James Stewart

    Professor

    James Stewart is an expert in human rights law, international humanitarian law, comparative criminal law and international criminal justice. He also loves teaching Jurisprudence. Professor holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in both law and philosophy, a Diplôme d’études approfondies in international humanitarian law from the Université de Genève and a JSD from Columbia Law School. Aside from his research interests, he is also interested in the relationships between neurodiversity, disability, education and justice.

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  • Kristen Thomasen

    Acting Assistant Professor

    Kristen earned her JD degree at the University of Ottawa, and holds a BA (Hons.) in Anthropology from McMaster University and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University. She is currently completing her PhD in Law at the University of Ottawa, where her dissertation focuses on public space privacy intrusions facilitated by robots/artificial intelligence (e.g. drones, facial recognition technology).

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    • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
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