William Neilson

Professor emeritus


Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2
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Professor Neilson was a member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University between 1966 and 1973. He served as Deputy Minister of Consumer Services in the British Columbia Government from 1973 to 1976. Appointed Professor at UVic in 1977, and Dean from 1985 to 1990, Professor Neilson has held visiting appointments in Thailand, Australia, Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam. A Fellow of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, he has served since 1992 as the Director of the UVic Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. He was appointed to the Chair in Asia-pacific Legal Relations in 2000. Professor Neilson has extensive experience directing law reform, legal education, capacity building and economic development programs in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. His research interests include international trade and business law, competition policy, legislative management and regulatory modeling. He is the co-editor and contributing author of Law & Economic Development: Cases and Materials from Southeast Asia, and author of The Vietnam Investment Manual.

  • BCom – Toronto (1960)
  • LLB – UBC (1964)
  • LLM – Harvard (1965)