Peter A Allard School of Law

Research Groups

Allard Hall is home to many research groups, composed of faculty, staff and students who collaborate in their areas of shared interest. While these groups represent disparate areas of inquiry, they share the conviction that we can accomplish more when we work together. Explore the research groups below, and see how they propose to address global challenges through collaborative efforts.    

 

Law and Cities

Cities are legal places. They are constructed by law and they produce law. Faculty and students in the Law & Cities Research Group take law and cities, and the interaction between them, as productive sites of inquiry. Through examination of urgent issues — housing and homelessness, development and economic security, civic participation and democracy, sustainability and climate change — we ask how cities are shaped by law, and law by cities.

For more information about the Law & Cities Research Group, or for notification about upcoming events, please contact law.cities@allard.ubc.ca.

City Street

The Law & Cities Research Group, based at the Allard School of Law, welcomes faculty members and graduate students from other disciplines who are engaged with law and cities.

Sam Beswick

Samuel Beswick
Assistant Professor 

Prof Alexandra Flynn

Alexandra Flynn 
Associate Professor

Doug

Douglas Harris
Professor and Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History

Hoi

Hoi Kong
Rt. Hon. Beverly McLachlin, P.C., UBC Professorship in Constitutional Law

 

Ngai Pindell

Ngai Pindell
Dean and Professor

Graham

Graham Reynolds
Associate Professor

Kristen Thomasen

Kristen Thomasen
Assistant Professor

Margot

Margot Young
Professor  

 

    Research Activities

    The Law & Cities Research Group is a loose knit collection of scholars and students working to understand and explain the many ways that law and cities interact. Members of the Group work with several cross-cutting themes, including: 

    • Business Organizations & Entrepreneurial Activity
    • Climate Change & Sustainability
    • Colonialism & Reconciliation
    • Democracy & Civic Participation
    • Housing & Homelessness 
    • Indigenous Governance & Intergovernmental Relations
    • Poverty & Inequality
    • Property & Land Use Regulation
    • Technology & Privacy

    Members of the group organize seminars, speakers, workshops, and conferences. 

    Teaching Law & Cities

    In addition to their diverse research activities, members of the Law & Cities Research Group teach a range of courses that engage extensively with cities and law. The list of recent offerings includes:

    • LAW313 Legal History: Property and the City
    • LAW343 Topics in Public Law: Law and the City
    • LAW431 Condominium Law

    Publications by group members are listed by year of publication under the cross-cutting themes.

       

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            Law and Humanities

            The Canadian Network of Law & Humanities (CNLH) brings together a community of scholars interested in the cultural, imaginative, and embodied aspects of law. The goal of CNLH is to be a flagship for law and humanities research and teaching in Canada by fostering collaborative research, sharing teaching resources, and organizing events. 

            For more information, please visit cnlh.ubc.ca or contact info@cnlh.ubc.ca

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            Joel Bakan

            Joel Bakan
            Professor 
            Peter A. Allard School of Law

            Brenna Bhandar

            Brenna Bhandar
            Associate Professor
            Peter A. Allard School of Law

            Carol Blackburn

            Carole Blackburn
            Associate Professor
            Department of Anthropology, UBC

             

            Julen Etxabe

            Julen Etxabe
            Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Jurisprudence and Human Rights
            Peter A. Allard School of Law

            Denise Ferreira Da Silva

            Denise Ferreira da Silva
            Professor
            Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

            Mark Harris

            Mark Harris
            Associate Professor
            Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

             

            Mary Liston

            Mary Liston
            Associate Professor
            Peter A. Allard School of Law

            Michelle LeBaron

            Michelle LeBaron​​
            Professor
            Peter A. Allard School of Law

            Renisa Mawani

            Renisa Mawani
            Professor & Canada Research Chair, Colonial Legal Histories
            Department of Sociology, UBC

             

            Dylan Robinson

            Dylan Robinson
            Associate Professor
            School of Music, UBC

             

             

            Law and Humanities is an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the cultural, literary, and imaginative aspects of law, without forgetting its ethical and political implications. As a field of research, law and humanities encompasses diverse areas of study, including law and literature, legal storytelling, law and film, law and language, critical race theory, feminist approaches to law, law and emotions, etc. In addition, law and humanities scholars seek to reflect on law as an embodied and sensorial practice and welcome experiential and creative pedagogies in the classroom, such as theatre-based teaching and the arts (painting, graphic novels, music, etc.)

            In addition, members of the Canadian Network of Law & Humanities teach a range of courses that explore this intersection. Some recent offerings include: 

            • LAW300 Jurisprudence and Critical Perspectives 
            • LAW312D Law and Literature
            • LAW312D Justice, Diversity, and Legal Legitimacy 

            Representative publications of our members are listed on the Canadian Network of Law & Humanities website

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