Robert G Howell


Robert G. Howell

Robert G Howell

Tel: 250-721-8186
Fax: 250-721-8146
Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

I joined the Faculty of Law as assistant professor in 1980 and was promoted to professor in 1993. From 1977 to 1979, I was a part-time tutor at Victoria University of Wellington, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1980. I was co-director of the International Intellectual Property Summer Program from 2002-2007. From 2008 to 2018 I was a member of the Board of the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and was elected an Emeritus Member of the Institute in 2018. I currently teach Property, Intellectual Property, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), Managing Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, and Internet-related law.

My research interests include intellectual property, cultural property, technology, telecommunications, private international law (conflict of laws), and Asia-Pacific issues. I have published extensively and have organized several international conferences and seminars. In 2011 my book Canadian Telecommunications Law: Dimensions in a Digital Age was published by Irwin Law, Toronto.

  • LLB – Wellington (1976)
  • LLM – University of Illinois (1984)
  • "The Nature and Scope of Property in a Domain Name" in New Paradigms in the Protection of Inventiveness, Data and Signs, ​ ed. Mistrale Goudreau and Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Editions Yvon Blais, Montreal (2019) at pp. 91 - 116
  • "Security Rights in Intellectual Property in Canada : Common Law" in  Kieninger ed. Security Rights in Intellectual Property, lus Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law (GSCL), vol.45 (2020), at  pp167-195, Springer, Cham.
  • Canadian Telecommunications Law: Dimensions in a Digital Age
  • "Intellectual Property Rights and Private International Law : A Tangled Web"  (2016) 28 IPJ  187 – 236
Prof. Howell is currently interested in supervising LLM students in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property, and private international law (conflict of laws).