Pooja Parmar

Associate Professor

Pooja Parmar

Pooja Parmar

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

Dr. Pooja Parmar is an Associate Professor at UVic Faculty of Law. Her current research focuses on the legal profession, its history, and ethical lawyering. She is currently involved in projects on legal professionals in Canada, India and Bhutan. One of these is a SSHRC-funded study of Indigenous laws as sources of ethical legal practice in BC. Much of Dr. Parmar’s research is informed by her interest in legal pluralism and questions of legal epistemology in multi-juridical spaces. In her published research Dr. Parmar has examined aspects of human right to water, Indigeneity, oral history and Indigenous claims, lawyers as translators across legal worlds, intersections of law and colonialism, and land, law and development. Her book titled Indigeneity and Legal Pluralism in India: Claims, Histories, Meanings, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, explores some of these issues in the context of Indigenous protests against a Coca-Cola facility. Her paper titled ‘Reconciliation and Ethical Lawyering: Some Thoughts on Cultural Competence’ on competence in the context of the TRC Calls to Action received the CALT Prize for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in 2020.

Dr. Parmar joined the Faculty of Law in 2015. She received a PhD in Law from UBC, and has previously taught at Carleton University, Osgoode Hall Law School, and UBC Faculty of Law. At UVic Law Dr. Parmar teaches legal ethics and professionalism, property law, and international human rights law. She is currently supervising graduate research on legal history, law and colonialism, Indigenous rights and access to justice, environmental & social justice. Prior to commencing graduate research, she practiced law in New Delhi for several years.

Dr. Parmar is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE), serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law & Society, and is a founding member of the South Asia Global Forum at UVic.

  • BA (Honours) – Panjab University (1993)

  • LLB – Panjab University (1996)

  • LLM – UBC (2006)

  • PhD – UBC (2013)


 Articles in Refereed Journals

  • ‘Lawyers in the ‘Slammer’ and in Hiding: The Price of Advocating for Unpopular Causes at the British Columbia Bar, 1900-1940’, (2020) Manitoba Law Journal (forthcoming) [Co-author: John McLaren]
  • ‘Water Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ in Mariana Velverde, et. al. eds. Routledge Handbook of Law and Society (Routledge, forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘Reconciliation and Ethical Lawyering: Some Thoughts on Cultural Competence’ (2019) 97:3 Canadian Bar Review 426-457 (Awarded the 2020 CALT Prize for Scholarship on Teaching and Learning)
  • Undoing Historical Wrongs: Law and Indigeneity in India’ (2012) 49 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 491
  • ‘Prairiecall: The Vulnerabilities of Outsourced Work on America’s Near-shore’ [with Ruth Buchanan] (2009) 26:4 Journal of Architectural Planning and Research – Special Issue: ‘Work Beyond Boundaries’ 313
  • ‘Revisiting the Human Right to Water’ (2008) 28 Australian Feminist Law Journal 77
  • ‘TWAIL: An Epistemological Inquiry’ (2008) 10:4 International Community Law Review 363

Edited Collections/Special Issues

  • ‘Situating Third World Approaches to International Law: Inspirations, Challenges and Possibilities’ International Community Law Review (2008) 10:4, Guest Editor, Special Issue (with Karin Mickelson and Ibironke Odumosu)

Book Reviews

  • Review of Rajshree Chandra, The Cunning of Rights: Law, Life, Biocultures (Oxford University Press, 2016) 52: 3 Contributions to Indian Sociology (2018) pp. 360-362
  • Collective Review of Constance Backhouse, Claire L'Heureux-Dubé: A Life, (UBC Press, 2017) 56:1 Alberta Law Review, (2018) pp. 263-274 (With Adjin-Tettey, Calder, et. al.)
  • Review of Narendra Subramaniam, Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India (Stanford University Press, 2014) 49:3 Law & Society Review (2015) pp. 807-809


  • Blog Post: “Moving Texts”
  • Foreword: ‘Situating Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL): Inspirations, Challenges and Possibilities’ (2008) 10:4 International Community Law Review, Special Issue (with Karin Mickelson and Ibironke Odumosu)
  • Legal Process - Law 106
  • Property – Law 108B
  • Legal Ethics & Professionalism - Law 360
  • International Human Rights and Dispute Resolution – Law 373