Alan Hanna

Assistant Professor


Tel: 250-472-5247
Fax: 250-721-6390

Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

I was appointed to the Faculty of Law in 2019 as an assistant professor. My teaching and research interests include Indigenous laws and jurisdiction, governance, rights and title, and environmental sustainability under Indigenous legal traditions, Aboriginal law and jurisprudence, and the many intersections of these disparate systems. My primary research interest is how agreements and resulting obligations arise in different Indigenous legal orders, as a means of thinking about alternate conceptions of contracting with others. I will be teaching Transsystemic Contracts in the JD/JID program, where students will explore various examples of agreements, promises, and obligations from diverse Indigenous legal perspectives in conversation with contract law concepts and principles. Additionally, I teach Aboriginal Lands, Rights, and Governance, and Indigenous research methodologies.

I previously practiced Aboriginal law at Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP in Victoria. A person of mixed Blackfoot, French, and Scottish ancestry, I am connected to the Northern Secwepemc community of T’exelc through marriage. My recent PhD work involved analyses of Tsilhqot’in traditional laws applied to the access and use of surface water to provide a framework for informing contemporary Tsilhqot’in watershed governance.

  • BA (Hons) Anthropology – UVic (2009)
  • MA Anthropology – UVic (2011)
  • JD – UVic (2014)
  • PhD Law – UVic (2020)
  • “Going Circular: Indigenous Legal Research Methodology as Legal Practice” (forthcoming 2020) 65 McGill LJ.

  • "Art of the Interview: Research in Indigenous Communities” in Walking Together in Indigenous Research, Laura Forsythe and Jennifer Markides, eds., (New York: DIO Press, forthcoming 2020). 
  • “Reconciliation Through Relationality in Indigenous Legal Orders” (2019) 56:3 Alta L Rev 817.

  • “Spaces for Sharing: Searching for Indigenous Law on the Canadian Legal Landscape” (2018) 51:1 UBC L Rev 105.

  • “Making the Round: Aboriginal Title in the Common Law from a Tsilhqot’in Legal Perspective” (2015) 45:3 Ottawa L Rev 365.

  • Law 105I: Transsystemic Contracts
  • Law 340: Aboriginal Lands, Rights, and Governance