Kathryn Chan

Kathryn Chan
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

BMus (Honours) – McGill (1999), JD – Toronto (2001), LLM (Honours) – McGill (2006), DPhil (Oxon) – 2014

Area of expertise

Nonprofit sector law, law and religion, administrative law and regulation, trusts, the law of gift


Kathryn Chan is an Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, where she teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Non-Profit Sector Law.  She is currently the principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded study on  the operation and impact of NGO interveners in Canadian religious freedom litigation.   In 2015, she received the Scholarly Paper Award from the Canadian Association of Law Teachers for her article entitled “The Co-optation of Charitable Resources by Threatened Welfare States.”  Her first book, The Public-Private Nature of Charity Law, was published by Hart Bloomsbury in 2016.

Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Kathryn practiced law at a boutique firm in Vancouver that provides strategic, legal, and operational advice to persons involved in the voluntary sector. Between 2009 and 2013, she carried out comparative law research on the regulation of charities at the University of Oxford as a Trudeau Scholar. She has also been an executive member of the provincial and national branches of the Canadian Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Subsection.