Summer marks arrival of new faculty to UVic Law

July 7, 2014 – As of this month, UVic Law has welcomed three of its four incoming faculty members to the Fraser building.

As was previously reported, Dr. John Borrows joined the faculty on May 12 after spending several years as Robina Professor in Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota. He has taken up the newly created Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law.

Not far behind, Dr. Patricia Cochran joined the faculty at the beginning of July. She recently completed her PhD at UBC on “Common Sense and Legal Judgment: Community Knowledge, Political Power and Rhetorical Practice” – a thesis that blends legal theory, evidence, constitutional law, and a constant concern with inequality. She has a BA (Honours) in Political Science from McGill, an MA in Political Science from U of T, and an LLB from UBC. She also happens to be an alum – having obtained her LLM from UVic! Dr. Cochran will be teaching constitutional law, legal process, as well as a course on equality, human rights and social justice.

Also this month, Dr. Victor V. Ramraj assumes the role of Law Chair for the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI). Dr. Ramraj spent 16 years with the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), in addition to holding postings in Japan, Toronto, Belfast and London. As CAPI chair, Dr. Ramraj will be facilitating legal research and international intellectual exchanges relating to legal issues in Asia via a series of conferences, symposia, workshops and lectures. In addition to this work, Dr. Ramraj will be teaching legal process, transnational law, as well as a course on states, companies and legal orders in Asia.

The final incoming member of our team, Carol Liao, will be joining us in July 2015. Liao is completing a combined doctorate at U of T and UBC on “The Role of Corporate Law in Advancing the Social Economy: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Hybrid Corporate Legal Structures.” She has a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and Economics from Queen’s University, and both an LLB and LLM from UBC. She was a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, served as a legal researcher on behalf of the firm at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and clerked with the BC Court of Appeal. She will be teaching in the areas of corporate law, commercial and consumer law, and contracts.

We are so excited to welcome these remarkable scholars and teachers to UVic Law!