Vernon Wilson - PhD

Thesis: Reincarnating law in the cosmos.


Anne-Marie Delagrave - PhD

Thesis: The regulation physical appearance in the Canadian workplace as a human rights issue.


Darcy Lindberg - PhD

Thesis: Âskiy Wiyasiwêwina: Plains Cree Earth Law and constitutional/ ecological reconciliation.


Qian Liu - PhD

Thesis:  Leftover women's choices in marriage and childbearing: navigating through the complexities of state law, social attitudes, and parental expectations.


Celia Pinette - LLM

Thesis: A Call to modernize police accountability: an evaluation of the law's response to excess use of force by police in British Columbia.


Sarah Colgrove - LLM

Thesis: Laws of the land: indigenous and state jurisdictions on the Central Coast.


Benjamin Lawrence - PhD

Thesis: Cambodia's competing constitutional sites and spirits.


Aaron Mills (Waabishki Ma’iingan) - PhD

Thesis: Miinigowiziwin: all that has been given for living well together: one vision of Anishinaabe constitutionalism

Tess Acton - LLM


Tess' research focuses on how working with language interpreters affects refugee claims. She completed her LLM under the supervision of Professors Donald Galloway and Avigail Eisenberg (POLI). Before beginning graduate studies, Tess worked in literacy programs, completed her JD and BA at the University of Ottawa, and articled at a Toronto litigation firm. Tess was one of the 2013 Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Award recipients for her work supporting the challenges to the cuts to refugee healthcare. Tess is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Sage Youth and Generation Live Green, and is developing her own literacy charity.

Thesis: Understanding Refugee Stories: Lawyers, Interpreters, and Refugee Claims in Canada

Danielle Allen - LLM


Thesis: "For here or to go?" Migrant workers and the enforcement of workplace rights in Canada: temporary foreign workers in the British Columbia hospitality sector

Kinwa Bluesky - LLM

Thesis: Art as my Kabeshinan of Indigenous Peoples

Andrée Boisselle - PhD


Dissertation: Law's hidden canvas: teasing out the threads of Coast Salish legal sensibility

Ilona Cairns - LLM

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Ilona moved to Canada after graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. Prior to commencing her LLM, she was employed by the criminal justice branch of the BC Ministry of Attorney General. It was during this time that her understanding of (and passion for) criminal and social justice issues really grew. However, although her current focus is on criminal and constitutional law, she has a wide and diverse range of legal interests including human rights law, feminist legal theory and international public law. Ilona began a PhD program in her home country of Scotland in September 2011.

Thesis: Crimes of Equality: The Racial Profiling Paradox of Canada's 'War on Terror'

Angela Cameron - PhD

Angela received her LLB from Dalhousie University in 1998, and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1999. She received her LLM from the University of British Columbia in 2003. During her time at the University of Victoria, Angela was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and a President's Research Scholar. Angela joined the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2008 where she teaches Property Law, Constitutional Law II, and Restorative Justice. Angela's research focusses on whether restorative justice is an appropriate response to crimes of intimate violence.

Dissertation: Restoring Women: Community and Legal Responses to Violence Against Women in Opposite Sex Intimate Relationships

Jan Clark - LLM


Jan received an LLB and MSc from the University of Calgary and practiced in the fields of regulatory, environmental and energy law (including electrical, pipeline and oil and gas law). She worked as senior counsel and regulatory manager for several multi-national corporations and then as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a mid-size multinational pipeline company. She retired from the energy industry and returned to university to pursue an LLM in the field of legal history. Her thesis traces the roots of the English Common Law from the 4th century Germanic tribes of Europe to the courts of the Angevin kings during the High Middles in England, and looks at the many influences that aided in the formation of the common law.

Thesis: Of Kings and Popes and Law: An Examination of the Church and State Relationship in England During the High Middle Ages and the Influence of that Relationship on the Structure and Processes of English Law

Robert Clifford - LLM

Thesis: WSÁNEĆ law and the fuel spill at Goldstream

Patricia Cochran - LLM

Patricia is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Her research investigates the role of "common sense" in legal judgments, particularly when those judgments speak to issues of poverty and social marginalization. Patricia has studied both law (LLM from the University of Victoria, LLB from UBC) and political theory (MA from the University of Toronto, BA from McGill University). She has practised in the areas of anti-poverty litigation and regulatory law at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Her research and teaching interests include evidence law, constitutional law, and social and legal theory.

Thesis: Taking Notice: Judicial Notice and Practices of Judgment in Anti-poverty Litigation

Geoffrey Conrad - LLM


Geoffrey's research explored the impact that increased cultural diversity has on judicial decision-making at the appellate level in Canada. Originally from Montreal, Geoffrey obtained a BA from Bishop's University with a major in economics before attending McGill University where he obtained degrees in civil and common law. Prior to beginning his studies at UVic, Geoffrey worked in private practice as a trial lawyer in Montreal for approximately three years. His research interests included judicial review, constitutional law, and Canadian federalism. Geoffrey began McGill's DCL program in September 2012. He was awarded the University of Victoria's 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal (Best Master's Thesis) for his outstanding thesis.

Thesis: Exemplars or Exceptions: Imagining Constitutional Courts in a Religiously Diverse Society

Alvaro Cordova - LLM

Thesis: The Right of Indigenous Self-Determination and the Right to Consultation in the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal Jurisprudence (2005-2011)

Aimee Craft - LLM


Aimée is a Métis lawyer from Manitoba. She has worked with various indigenous peoples from across Canada on land, resources and governance issues and is now an LLM candidate at the University of Victoria. Her research and writing focus on the Western Numbered Treaties and the re-interpretation of their land surrender clauses, with the hope of giving effect to the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties. This re-interpretation project is rooted in the reconciliation of Canadian legal perspectives with Indigenous legal traditions relating to lands, ownership and Treaty relationships. Aimée's Pro Bono work includes participation in the development of Federal Court Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal Law Matters and acting as Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2009, she successfully argued on behalf of language rights advocates in the first entirely French hearing at the Manitoba Court of Appeal. Aimée received her BA from the University of Manitoba and her LLB from the University of Ottawa. After submitting her LLM thesis, Aimée returned to her work at the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC). In March 2013, Aimée published a book based on the research conducted in relation to her LLM thesis. Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One is available for purchase through the publisher's website.

Thesis: Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty

Nguyen Van Cuong - PhD


Cuong joined the UVic Law PhD program in September 2008, working under the supervision of Professors Andrew Harding, William Neilson, Connie Carter (of Royal Roads University) and Jeremy Webber. Cuong's dissertation focused on the reform of consumer laws in Vietnam, particularly legal transplantation theories, legislative theories, cultural and economic analysis of law. Before entering the University of Victoria, Cuong received an LLB from Hanoi University of Law (Vietnam) in 1998 and a LLM from Niigata University (Japan) in 2002 and was the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and books. After completing his dissertation in record breaking time - just under three years - Cuong has returned to his home country of Vietnam, his family, and his work for the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam where he was named Deputy Director of the Institute of Legal Sciences in January 2012.

Dissertation: The Drafting of Vietnam's Consumer Protection Law: An Analysis from Legal Transplantation Theories

Meaghan Daniel - LLM

Thesis: Finding law about life: a cross-cultural study of indigenous legal principles in Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Manpreet (Preeti) Dhaliwal - LLM

Thesis: Re-embodying Jurisprudence: Using theatre and multimedia arts-based methods to support critical thinking, feeling and transformation in law

Agnieszka Doll - PhD

Dissertation: Lawyering for the 'mad': an institutional ethnography of involuntary admission to psychiatric facilities in Poland

Michael Down - LLM

Thesis: The Most Frail Branch: A Critique of the Justifications for Judicial Hegemony in the Interpretation of Canada's

Theressa Etmanski - LLM

Thesis: (Re)Imagining 'justice': documentation of sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls in Myanmar

Mireille Fournier - LLM

Mireille Fournier holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University (2016). Before doing her LLM at Uvic, she briefly worked in Aboriginal law (2017). Her research project looks at the history of the first international congress of Comparative law, which was held in Paris in 1900 at the occasion of the World Fair. In particular, she uses methods of conceptual history and discursive analysis to show how some of the discourses that constitute the subdiscipline of comparative law were borrowed from a wide variety of societal conversations taking place at the time of the Paris World Fair. Since the completion of her master’s project (2018), she works as a law clerk to Madam Justice Marie-Josée Hogue at the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Thesis: Comparative law gets entitled: the 1900 Paris Congress in contexts

Gene Fraser - PhD

Dissertation: Governing Madness: Coercion, Resistence and Agency in British Columbia's Mental Health Law Regime

Dmytro Galagan - LLM

Thesis: Provisional measures in international arbitration as a response to parallel criminal proceedings

Jeanette Gevikoglu - LLM


Jeanette's thesis explores the relationship between criminal law and indigenous law, with a focus on the effects of criminal justice in aboriginal communities. During her LLM she was the recipient of a Law Foundation of BC scholarship, a Lucien Ukaliannuk Award for Studies in Law from the Law Foundation of Nunavut, and the Edra Sanders Ferguson Graduate Scholarship. She also worked as a Research Assistant to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair at UVic. Jeanette received her BA (Honours) from Queen's in 1998 and her LLB from McGill in 2001. She is a criminal lawyer who currently works as a crown attorney in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is a past member of the executive of the Law Society of Nunavut and the Akitsiraq Law School Society. Before joining the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Iqaluit, Jeanette worked as a crown attorney in Ontario and as an associate at Dewey Ballantine in New York. Jeanette takes part in Nunavut's public legal education initiatives and has past experience volunteering with local and international organizations, including Interval House and the Armenian International Policy Research Group.

Thesis: Sentenced to Sovereignty: Sentencing, Sovereignty, and Identity in the Nunavut Court of Justice

Jared Giesbrecht - PhD


Jared graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theology from Prairie Bible College, a bachelor's degree in Philosophy (honours) from Lethbridge University, and a JD in law from Queen's University. He was a recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) while at the University of Victoria where he wrote his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professors Jeremy Webber, R. Michael M'Gonigle, and James Tully. His research involved the reimagining of the central normative ideals underlying liberal democratic society (i.e., persons as free, equal, and rational) and sought to recover the critical spirit of conservatism and re-emphasize its goal of stability and resilience in society.

Dissertation: Back to the Rough Ground: Towards a Conservative Theory of Democracy

Marta Gimenez - LLM

Thesis: The Implementation of the WFD in France and Spain: Building up the Future of Water in Europe

Brittany Goud - LLM

Thesis: Exploring film's jurisprudence in Sean Baker's films

Julia Herzog - LLM

Major Research Paper:An Investigation of Retraumatization of Child Witnesses during the Process of Prosecution of the Accused for Sexual Abuse Offences against the Child

David Hosking - LLM

Thesis: Protection from discrimination because of disability in European community law

Maegan Hough - LLM


Maegan entered the Law and Society LLM program in 2012 after several years practicing Aboriginal law and civil litigation for Justice Canada. Her LLM Thesis was inspired by her personal experience attending Independent Assessment Process hearings, part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), as Canada's Representative. Her research examined IRSSA as a whole and the ability of various Euro-Canadian dispute resolution mechanisms to address the broad range of harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools Policy, particularly cultural harms. Maegan worked under the supervision Dean Jeremy Webber (Law) and Professor Matt James (Political Science). Maegan received a BA (Hons) in Canadian Studies and French Studies from Glendon College, York University in 2004 and completed the integrated LL.B./B.C.L. degrees at McGill University in 2007. Following her LLM Maegan continues to focus on alternative dispute resolution as counsel for the Military Police Complaints Commission.

Thesis: Personal Recollections and Civic Responsibilities: Dispute Resolution and the Indian Residential Schools Legacy

Benjamin Isitt - PhD


Ben holds an LLB from the University of London, a PhD in Law from the University of Victoria, and a PhD in History from the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of several books that examine the interaction between social movements and states in Canada and the world, including From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 (UBC Press, 2010) and Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 (University of Toronto Press, 2011), and is co-editor of the anthology Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law (UBC Press, 2017). Ben has taught history, international relations, and labour studies at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and the University of New Brunswick. Alongside his academic work, Ben serves the public as city councillor and regional director in Victoria.

Dissertation: Patterns of protest: property, social movements, and the law in British Columbia

Heather Jensen - LLM

Thesis: Unionization of Agricultural Workers in British Columbia

Carwyn Jones - PhD


Carwyn is a Maori lawyer from Aotearoa/New Zealand and is of Ngati Kahungunu and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki descent. Carwyn received his LL.B. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (combining law, history, and indigenous peoples studies) from York University, Toronto. He has a strong interest in Indigenous law and the legal issues related to Indigenous peoples and has previously worked in a number of different roles at the Maori Land Court and the Waitangi Tribunal. Since 2006, Carwyn has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington where he specializes in the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori customary law. While at the University of Victoria, Carwyn worked under the supervision of Professors Hamar Foster, John McLaren, Christine O'Bonsawin (HIST), and David V. Williams of the University of Auckland. His research explored the development of Maori legal traditions in the context of the settlement of historical claims to land and natural resources in Aotearoa.

Dissertation: The Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Process in Māori Legal History

Matthew Joseph - LLM


Matthew obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa where he developed a keen awareness for the looming entanglement of insurance law and environmental litigation. His interests in the fields of policy, climate change and insurance law culminated in the final year of his JD where he conducted research concerning an insurer's duty to defend industrial companies that emit large amounts of carbon dioxide. In his thesis project, Matthew addressed the fragmented nature of Canada's institutional responses to extreme weather through the common law, the purchase of market insurance and the reliance on government compensation. Professors Michael M'Gonigle and Elizabeth Adjiin-Tettey supervised Matthew's research. While attending the LL.M. program, he worked for the Office of the Ombudsperson of British Columbia on a provincial investigation into the administration of the Riparian Areas Regulation.

Thesis: Weather Disasters and the Law: Examining the Need for Change in Canada

Chong Ke - PhD


Chong received her BA degree in law from China University of Political Science and Law in 2004. In the following year, she worked as a paralegal at Beijing Huawei Law Firm. She then obtained her MA degree in constitutional and administrative law from Beijing University in 2007. During her masters, she served as a teaching assistant in constitutional law. She also worked part-time as a research assistant at the Supreme Court of PRC in 2006. Chong Ke pursued her PhD degree in law and society at UVic under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Webber. Her research interests include rule of law, constitutionalism, comparative constitutional law, minority rights and equity. Her dissertation explores the dynamics of village elections in China, examines the role of government and society in shaping the electoral process, with a focus on Sichuan.

Dissertation: Infrastructure, Participation and Legal Reforms: An Analysis of the Politics and Potentials of Village Elections in China

Minnawaanigogiizhigok/Dawnis Kennedy - LLM

Dawnis (Marten Clan) received her JD from the University of Toronto before joining the University of Victoria Law Faculty's inaugural graduate class as an LLM student. Her masters' thesis considered the relationship between Canadian and Anishinabe law and challenged current constructions of this relationship in Canadian aboriginal rights jurisprudence. She worked with Professors John Borrows and James Tully. While at UVic Law, she received a Law Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Scholarship in addition to securing a Doctoral Scholarship from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is currently pursuing a SJD at the University of Toronto. Her research examines Anishinabe conceptions of law/onakonigewin, utilizing a spirit-directed, creation-centered approach uniquely suited to studying the law of respectful relations. Dawnis continues to cherish the relationships she forged at UVic Law where she was generously welcomed and hosted by both Coast Salish peoples and by the law faculty.

Thesis: Aboriginal Rights, Reconciliation and Respectful Relations

Seung Hwan Kim - PhD

Dissertation: Refugees, Citizenship and State Sovereignty

Qi Kong - LLM

Thesis: Community corrections in China: problems, political goals, and the way forward

Nuthamon (Natta) Kongcharoen - PhD


Natta received her Bachelor Degree (LLB) in 1990 and Master Degree (LLM in Public Law) in 1994 from Chulalongkorn University. She returned to teach in her hometown at Chiang Mai University in 1994 as a lecturer in law. In 2001, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University. In 2007, Natta graduated from the International Human Rights Law Program (LLM) at Indiana University, Indianapolis. During her UVic PhD program, Natta was supervised by Drs. Andrew Harding, Michael M'Gonigle, and Philip Dearden (GEOG). Since the completion of her PhD, Natta has returned to Thailand and resumed her teaching responsibilities at Chiang Mai University.

Dissertation: Community Forest Management in Northern Thailand: Perspectives on Thai Legal Culture

Michael Large - LLM


Michael's thesis explores the intersection between population demands, ecological degradation, and the law. His approach brings together green legal theory, legal pluralism, feminist legal theory, and other emancipatory theories, under the supervision of Dr. Michael M'Gonigle (Law) and Dr. Karena Shaw (Environmental Studies). Michael received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario) in 1996, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) in 1993. Michael has over ten years of legal experience in the private and public sectors, including service as Assistant General Counsel to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority in Ottawa and serving as Legal Counsel to the BC Government in Victoria. Since completing his LLM, Michael has opened his own practice, Law @ Large, providing procurement advice to buyers and bidders.

Thesis: Ecological Degradation and Population Demands: Wicked Problems and the Rule of Rules in Canada/America

Julie Lassonde - LLM

Thesis: Performing Law

Isabelle Lefroy - MA

Thesis: Seeking justice beyond legalism: cultural appropriation of totem poles on the Pacific Northwest Coast

Darcy Lindberg - LLM

Thesis: kihcitwâw kîkway meskocipayiwin (sacred changes): transforming gendered protocols in Cree ceremonies through Cree law

Michael Litchfield - LLM

Major Research Paper: A Critical Analysis of Social Enterprise Legislation in British Columbia

Danika Littlechild - LLM

Thesis: Transformation and re-formation: First Nations and water in Canada

Johnny Mack - LLM

Thesis: Thickening totems and thinning imperialism

Jean-Michel Marcoux - PhD


Jean-Michel holds a BA in Public Affairs and International Relations (Université Laval) and an MA in International Studies (Institut québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval). Interested in international investment law and international relations theory, his doctoral research focused on the evolving codification of foreign investors' responsibilities by intergovernmental organizations. He worked under the co-supervision of Professor Andrew Newcombe (Law) and Professor A. Claire Cutler (Political Science). From 2013 to 2014, Jean-Michel benefited from the financial support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture. He was then a recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program (2014-2017) and the International Law Research Program Graduate Scholarship of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2015-2016). Since completing his doctoral degree, Jean-Michel serves as a Trade Policy Advisor at the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (Quebec City, Canada) and has been invited to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University's Faculty of Law (September 2017).

Dissertation: International Investment Law and the Evolving Codification of Foreign Investors' Responsibilities by Intergovernmental Organizations

Sarah Marsden - LLM

Thesis: That's a Really Nice Coat You're Wearing: Dignity, Agency, and Social Inclusion in the Administration of Welfare

Maxine Matilpi - LLM

Major Paper:Button Blanket Pedagogy

Kaitlyn Matulewicz - PhD

Dissertation: Law, Sexual Harassment, and Restaurants: Exploring the Experiences of Women Working in the British Columbia Restaurant Sector

Debra McKenzie - PhD

Dissertation: Challenging the binary of custom and law : a consideration of legal change in the Kingdom of Tonga

Jonathan Minnes - LLM

Thesis: Law and justice: Scott v. Canada and the history of the social covenant with Canadian veterans

Anne Mitaru - LLM


Anne obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Before joining UVic Anne worked as an international human rights lawyer with a regional women's rights organisation in East Africa. While completing her LLM Anne worked as a Program Assistant with the Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) in Manila, Philippines as part of the 2009-10 Students for Development Program, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In addition to her academic background, Anne is passionate about, and committed to the advancement and realisation of women's rights, especially the rights of women from the South, through feminist organising and the formulation and implementation of sound laws and policy at regional and international levels. Her current research interests include the continued interrogation of the relationship between law and political economy, women's rights and international human rights law.

Thesis: Why Aid Efficiency will not Deliver Development: A Feminist Critique of the Aid Effectiveness Architecture and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness

Sarah Morales - LLM

Thesis: Snuw'uyulh: fostering an understanding of the Hul'qumi'num legal tradition

Val Napoleon - PhD


Val is the Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. She is from northeast British Columbia (Treaty 8) and a member of Saulteau First Nation. She is also an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitksan) House of Luuxhon, Ganada (Frog) Clan. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at UVic, Val was an associate professor cross appointed with the faculties of Native Studies and Law at the University of Alberta. Val was awarded the University of Victoria's Governor General's Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation in June 2010. She has published in areas of indigenous legal traditions, indigenous feminism, oral histories, restorative justice, and governance.

Dissertation: Ayook: Gitksan Legal Order, Law, and Legal Theory

Joshua Nichols - PhD


Joshua Nichols is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and a fellow with the Center for International Governance Innovation's International Law Research Program. Joshua has a bachelor (hons.) of political science and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Alberta; a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto; a J.D. in law from the University of British Columbia; and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Victoria. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Indigenous Bar Association.

Dissertation: Reconciliation and the foundations of aboriginal law in Canada

Connie Nisbet - LLM


Connie is from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her Maori heritage and general interest in all things environmental led to her current research interests. Connie's research was carried out in partnership with the National Centre for First Nations Governance. Her thesis explores the relationships between frameworks for Indigenous governance developed by the National Centre for First Nations Governance and Indigenous and non-Indigenous theories of sustainability in both theory and practice. This includes profiling seven First Nations organisations which have been recognised as leaders in the field of environmental governance by the National Centre for First Nations Governance. Since finishing her LLM, Connie has begun a position at the New Zealand Waitangi Tribunal.

Thesis: Living Responsibilities: Indigenous Notions of Sustainability and Governance in Action

Adam Nott - LLM


Adam is a lawyer called to the Bar in British Columbia (2005). He holds a Double Major in Geography/Environmental Specialty and Economics from Simon Fraser University (BA, 2001) and graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa (JD, 2004). Prior to entering law, his career included a variety of resource and environmental management positions ranging from land use planning, watershed mapping to the development of community agricultural programs and experimental work regarding the impact of sediments on juvenile salmonoids. His legal career started with a judicial clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada and continued at a national law firm where he established and managed the national Renewable Energy practice group. After departing that firm, he established his own legal practice where he continued to service a wide range of clients before taking his current position as General Counsel for a North American earth and water resource consulting service. Adam's thesis focuses on the corporate and regulatory regimes governing mining projects and the legitimacy and ability of those regimes to manage environmental scarcity and issues of environmental justice.

Thesis: Transnational Law and Resource Management: The Role of a Private Legal System in the Mining Promotion of Sustainable Development in the Mining Industry

Soudeh Nouri- LLM


Soudeh received her LLB in Judicial Law from National University of Tehran (Beheshti University) in 2002 and her LLM degree in Private Law from Azad University of Tehran in 2007. After receiving her LLB degree, Soudeh joined the Women and Youth Commission of the Expediency Council of Iran as a member of a scholarly research team working on legislative amendments to reform the child's custody provision of Iran's Civil Code. While at the University of Victoria, Soudeh worked under the supervision of Professors Robert G. Howell, William A.W. Neilson, and Rebecca Grant (BUSI). Her thesis explores the area of interface between intellectual property law and competition law with a focus on the role of section 32 of Canada's Competition Act. Soudeh is currently continuing her studies at UVic Law in the PhD program.

Thesis: When an Intellectual Property Right Becomes an Intellectual Property Wrong: Re-examining the Role of Section 32 of theCompetition Act

Nicole O'Byrne - PhD

Dissertation: Challenging the Liberal Order Framework: Natural Resources and Metis Policy in Alberta and Saskatchewan (1930-1948)

Brent Olthuis - LLM

Thesis: Constitution's Peoples: A Robust and Group-centred Interpretation of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, in Light of R. v. Powley

Matthew Park - LLM

Thesis: The Public Trust Doctrine: Ensuring the Public's Natural Right of (Perpetual) Access to Common Resources

Daniel Parrott - LLM

Daniel's research focused on the "low-skilled" component of the temporary foreign workers program in Canada. His thesis evaluated the regulatory models used in the Western provinces to determine if they protect this group of vulnerable migrant workers from abusive practices by employment agencies. Daniel has returned to his position as the Director of Legal and Education Services at the Saskatchewan Labour Standards Branch.

Thesis: The Role and Regulation of Private, For-profit Employment Agencies in the British Columbia Labour Market and the Recruitment of Temporary Foreign Workers

Thanh Cong Phan - PhD

Dissertation: Competition Law and the Possibility of Private Transnational Governance

Kate Plyley - PhD


Dissertation: Tolerated illegality and intolerable legality: from legal philosophy to critique

Marie-Louise Potvin - LLM

Thesis: Oil and Gas Development in the British Columbia Offshore: Does Canada's Integrated Coastal and Oceans Management Strategy Provide a Framework for Resolving Contentious Ocean use Issues?

Amber Prince - LLM

Thesis: What's Wrong with Canada's Animal Cruelty Laws?: Bill C-50, a Touchstone for Change

Jing Qian- LLM


Thesis: Corporatist legislature: authoritarianism, representation and Local People's Congress in Zhejiang

Shaochen Qu - LLM


Shaochen's research compares and contrasts rules-based and principles-based approaches to the regulation of derivative securities and examines these approaches in the context of derivative securities regulation in Thailand and Québec. She argued that even though Thailand, and countries at a similar stage of derivatives market development, may not be in as good a position as Québec to adopt a principles-based regulatory approach, once the derivatives market has been established, a shift to principles-based regulation is, nonetheless, likely to better serve the regulatory goals of risk management and innovation. Since completing her LLM, Shaochen has joined UK DLA Piper LLP as a Legal Assistant in her home country of China.

Thesis: Principles-based vs. Rules-based Regulation of Derivatives Markets in Developing and Developed markets: A Comparison of the Regimes in Thailand and Quebec

Noah Quastel - LLM


Noah obtained an LLB from the University of British Columbia and his LL.M. from UVic. While at UVic Law he worked with Michael M'Gonigle and James Tully exploring the regulation of global commodities and the implications for legal theories of contract, sales of goods and economic regulation. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of British Columbia in economic geography. A recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Canadian Graduate Scholarship and the University of British Columbia's Four Year Fellowship he works under the supervision of Jamie Peck. His dissertation analyzes discourses of the 'green economy', their effects on state climate action and electric utilities regulation. Following themes of sustainability and economic regulation, he has published in the areas of sustainable consumption, regulation of global commodities, and urban sustainability and real estate markets.

Thesis: Contract, Sustainability, and the Ecology of Exchange

Crystal Reeves - LLM

Thesis: The Woven Object of Law and the Weaving Process of Law: An Interdisciplinary Conception of Legal Pluralism in Samoa

Supriya Routh - PhD


Supriya entered the doctoral program in 2009, and he is pursuing his research in labour law under the supervision of Professor Judy Fudge. His thesis explores the possibility of and mechanisms for institutionalizing the Decent Work Agenda for informal employment in India. A University of Victoria fellow and a CRIMT scholar, Supriya was an Assistant Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India from 2007-2013. He has completed his LLM from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2008. He was a Fulbright fellow and a Vanderbilt University fellow during his LLM studies at the Vanderbilt University. He completed his BA and LLB at the Department of Law, North Bengal University, India in 2003 and his first LLM from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India 2005. Supriya has already secured a publishing contract with Routledge for his dissertation.

Dissertation: Informal Workers in India: Reconceptualizing Labour Law to Promote Capabilities

Jacinta Ruru - PhD


Jacinta is a senior lecturer, having joined the University of Otago faculty in 1999. Her research interests include Indigenous peoples' rights to own, manage and govern land and water. Jacinta is coordinator the University of Otago Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law, co-leader of the Centre for Research on National Identity 'Landscape' project and co-leader of a four-year water governance research project based at Landcare Research, funded by the Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST).

Dissertation: Settling Indigenous Place: Reconciling Legal Fictions in Governing Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand's National Parks

Nancy Sandy - LLM


Nancy's thesis identifies and records Secwepemc laws, customs and traditions in the area of child safety in the community of the Williams Lake Indian Band. Nancy is a member of the Williams Lake Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation. She is a law graduate of the University of British Columbia (1987) and was called to the Bar in 1989. She practiced law as in house legal counsel for both the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and the Nenqay Deni Yajelhtig Law Centre (which provided legal services for the Carrier and Tsilhqot'in Nations). She also represented the NDYLC during the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry (the "Sarich Inquiry") which delved into the treatment of the aboriginal people of the Carrier, T'silhqot'in and Secwpemc Nations by the RCMP and other justice service providers. Nancy was elected as the Chief of the Williams Lake Indian Band for three terms from 1996 to 2002. As a political leader Nancy was a strong advocate for aboriginal rights and title issues, the Chief Negotiator in treaty negotiations, legal counsel on the Paul Alphonse Inquiry, and as a child welfare and health advocate for members of her community. Nancy has also been a part time instructor in First Nation Studies at the University of Northern BC and for the Thompson Rivers University (formerly known as the University College of the Cariboo). She has been very active in the area of child welfare as a former program director of child and family services at Carrier Sekani Family Services, a member of committees of the Directors Forum, and as a current board member for the Caring for First Nations Children Society. Nancy currently operates her own consulting business in the area of First Nations Research and Policy Development. Nancy was raised in a strong matriarchal home and lives and acts on her Secwepemc customs and values as a mother and grandmother, and in all facets of her career.

Thesis: Reviving Secwepemc Child Welfare Jurisdiction

Jennifer Sankey - LLM

Thesis: Globalization, Law and Indigenous Transnational Activism: The Possibilities and Limitations of Indigenous Advocacy at the WTO

Atulya Sharman - LLM


Atulya received BA/LLB with honors from India. He worked with Senior lawyers at the High Court of Judicature at New Delhi, India before coming to the University of Victoria to pursue his LLM. His research focused on Environmental Law and Policy with specific focus on intersection of International Trade and Environmental law in the backdrop of industrial disasters such as Bhopal. He is the recipient of Law Foundation of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2004) and POLIS Project on Ecological Governance scholarship (2005). He currently works at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO), a speciality legal clinic that serves low-income South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area. Before joining SALCO he worked on a Sustainable Transportation Project for a trade and investment law firm in association with the Clinton Global Initiative to rank US and Canadian cities on the basis of their sustainable transportation habits.

Major Paper:The Cartagena Biosafety Protocol: Mutation of International Trade in Genetically Modified Organisms

Perry Shawana - LLM

Thesis: Carrier Medicine Knowledge, Ethics and Legal Processes

Karen (Kerry) Sloan - PhD

Dissertation: The Community Conundrum: Metis Rights and History in BC After R. v. Powley

Jennifer Smith - LLM

Thesis: Sustainable governance in voluntary forest carbon standards

Matthew Spencer - LLM

Thesis: Hope for Murderers? Lifelong Incarceration in Canada

Zara Suleman- LLM

Thesis: Race(ing) Family Law: A Feminist Critical Race Analysis of the "Best Interest of the Child" Test and the Impact for Racialized Women in Custody and Access Cases

M. Gwendolynne Taylor - LLM


Gwen graduated from the University of Victoria LLB program and began law practice in 1987 in general practice, with a primary focus on administrative law and conflict resolution. She is a mediator, facilitator, Chartered Arbitrator, and adjudicator. She began mediating in 1990, was qualified as a Family Law Mediator in 1992, and conducted numerous personal injury and family law mediations. She has continued to focus on dispute resolution practice. Gwen is a member of the Mediation Roster Society on both the Civil and Child Protection Rosters and provides adjudication services for the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat. Between 1993 and 1998, she was the Chair and CEO of the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Subsequently, she chaired the Medical and Health Care Services Appeal Board. In both boards, she initiated and implemented dispute resolution processes. Gwen has served on various boards and agencies including the Expropriation Compensation Board, the Liquor Control & Licensing Branch, the Residential Tenancy Branch, Employment Standards Tribunal, and Public Service Appeal Board. She assisted in developing dispute resolution processes in many of those agencies. Gwen joined the Masters of Law program at UVic in 2006 and graduated in May 2010.

Major Paper:The Prostitution Debates in Canada: Competing Perspectives Presented to the Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws

Daleen Adele Thomas - LLM


Daleen is a Métis mother of three children. In 1999, she completed a BA from the University of Lethbridge. Before beginning her LLB, she completed the Peace Officer training at the Justice Institute and she worked as a Peace Officer. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Victoria with an LLB. In 2007-2008, she was the secretary of the Indigenous Law Students Association. She began her LLM in 2010. Daleen's main area of interest is children and the law and her work examined Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and a child's right to legal representation under the supervision of Professors Gillian Calder and Catherine Richardson (SOCW).

Major Paper: "What Rights do I Have?" - Advocating and Exploring Child Rights with Children in British Columbia (BC)

Doug Thompson - LLM

Thesis: A Merry Chase Around the Gift/bribe Boundary

Vanessa Udy - LLM


Thesis: Victory Through Honour: reconciling Canadian intellectual property laws and Kwakwaka'wakw cultural property laws

Ikenna Ulasi - LLM


Ikenna received his LLB from the University of Nigeria in 2007 and was called to the Bar in 2008. In 2010, he got his first masters degree with Commendation in International Commercial Law, from the University of Aberdeen. He was an Associate Counsel at IOL Associates, specializing in corporate/commercial law, energy law and environmental law. As part of the requirements for the National Youth Service Corp, Ikenna was the part of the team of legal and policy advisors at the Ministry of Energy and Environment, Lagos state. He was also the lead research coordinator and community engager for the Commercial Law Department of Adepetun, Caxton Martins, Agbor and Segun Law Firm (ACA&S). One of his community engagement projects was the provision of legal aid service to prisoners at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos State. His thesis explored the dichotomy that exists between ensuring energy security and the need to manage climate change.

Thesis: Carbon Conundrum: The Dichotomy between Engergy Security and Climate Change

Areli Valencia - PhD


Areli has a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and was called to the Bar of Lima, Peru in 2001. Her professional experience in the areas of human rights and constitutional law include working with the National Congress of Peru, the Ministry of Women and Social Development of Peru and the Constitutional Tribunal of Peru. During her time at the University of Victoria, Areli held a Canadian Graduate Scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In 2011, she received a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to conduct research at the Centre for Development Studies - Department of Social and Policy Science, University of Bath (UK), under the supervision of Severine Deneulin.

Dissertation: Human Rights Trade-Offs in a Context of Systemic Unfreedom: Work vs. Health in the Case of the Smelter Town of La Oroya, Perú

Neil Vallance - PhD


Neil retired from the part-time practice of law in Victoria to begin his PhD at UVic in 2010. Since 1999 he has also been researching and preparing historical reports on claims by First Nations alleging the failure of the Crown to fulfill promises made in the so-called Douglas Treaties, fourteen of which were entered into with Vancouver Island First Nations between 1850 and 1854. Neil is drawing upon this body of accumulated knowledge in his dissertation, tentatively entitled First Nation and Colonial Accounts of the Vancouver Island Treaties (also known as the Douglas Treaties) in Historical, Legal and Comparative Context. The "comparative context" includes Kemp's Deed, entered into by Britain with the Ngai Tahu people of New Zealand in 1848, and the treaties entered into by the United States with Native Americans in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Neil holds a Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He can be contacted at neil [at] vallance [dot] ca.

Dissertation: Sharing the Land: The Formation of the Vancouver Island (or 'Douglas') Treaties of 1850-1854 in Historical, Legal, and Comparative Context

Richard Veerapen - PhD

Dissertation: Physician engagement with family and close others of patients during the informed consent process

Jonathan Weiss - LLM

Thesis: "Dimming the Sun": Does Unilateral Stratospheric Sulfate Injection Breach Jus Cogens?

Michelle Zakrison - LLM


Michelle is a non-Indigenous LGBTQ+ woman who has dedicated her life to Indigenous advocacy. Her journey to this career started when she completed her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo (2006). Subsequently, Michelle pursued her Juris Doctor (JD) specializing in environmental law at the University of Ottawa (2011). She recognized that the Faculty of Law had a clear message to teach its students about the ongoing effects of colonialism and how legal professionals have an obligation to aid in improving justice for marginalized Indigenous peoples. Therefore, Michelle merged her specialty in environmental law with Aboriginal law. To deepen her knowledge of these fields, in 2011, Michelle pursued her Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Victoria. She conducted a decolonial analysis of the court case of Halalt First Nation v British Columbia and advocated for increased Indigenous water sovereignty. She proudly completed her LL.M. in 2018. Michelle is a non-practicing lawyer and current member of the Law Society of Nunavut. In 2015, she was called to the bar in Iqaluit, Nunavut where she lived for 3 years. Michelle currently advocates for and educates on Indigenous anti-racism to justice and social service professionals through her role as an Indigenous Cultural Safety Trainer in Ottawa.

Thesis: Whose water is it anyway? Indigenous water sovereignty in Canada: an Indigenous resurgence analysis of the case of Halalt First Nation v British Columbia

Ania Zbyszewska - PhD


Ania obtained her PhD in Law and Society from University of Victoria in 2012. She worked under the supervision of Professors Judy Fudge (Law), Oliver Schmidtke (European Studies and History), and Amy Verdun (Political Science and European Studies). Her research interests include the intersection of law and politics, particularly in relation to the law of the European Union (EU), as well as the role of law in managing the interface between work (both paid and unpaid) and gender, care and work-family reconciliation. With respect to the latter, she draws on the feminist theories of law and feminist political economy. Ania's doctoral dissertation entitled Gendering the European Working-Time Regimes - Working-Time Regimes, Regulation and Gender Equality in the Wider European Union and in Poland focused on the historical development of the EU and Polish approaches to the regulation of working time, it analyzed how these regulatory approaches interact with each other, and critically assessed the extent to which they facilitate better reconciliation of work and family responsibilities and the redistribution of paid and unpaid work between women and men. Her current research continues to focus on gender aspects of employment and social policy regulation and to examine the role of post-socialist member states of the EU in the making of EU labour law and social policy. Over the course of her graduate studies, Ania was a member of the Inter-University Research Network on Work and Globalization (CRIMT) and the European Union Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria. Her doctoral research was funded by awards and fellowships from CRIMT, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Law Foundation of BC, and the University of Victoria. She has presented her research at a number of high profile international and Canadian conferences and published her work in a number of well-regarded academic journals and working paper series. As of January 2012, Ania has been an instructor at Simon Fraser University's Morgan Centre for Labour Studies, where she teaches labour and employment law. She is also a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Ania practiced labour and employment law at a boutique firm in Toronto and clerked at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Dissertation: Gendering the European Working-Time Regimes: Working-Time Regimes, Regulation and Gender Equality in the Wider European Union and in Poland

Lizhao Zheng - LLM

Thesis: Pension Reform in China: Under the Shadow of the World Bank

Mark Zion - LLM

Thesis: What is a Right to Shelter in the Desert of Post-Democracy?: Tracking Homeless Narratives from the Courtroom to Dissensus