Welcome new & returning faculty members

On July 1 we welcomed two new faculty members - Tracey Lindberg and Janna Promislow, and we welcome Asad Kiyani back to UVic Law.

Dr. Tracey Lindberg is a Full Professor and Research Chair in Indigenous Laws, Legal Orders and Traditions at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She is a citizen of the As'in'i'wa'chi Ni'yaw Nation / Kelly Lake Cree Nation. She studied Indigenous Studies in her undergrad and also holds an LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, an LLM from Harvard University and an LLD from University of Ottawa.  In Ottawa she received the Governor General's Gold Medal for her dissertation, "Critical Indigenous Legal Theory." Her novel Birdie was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award and the 2016 edition of CBC's Canada Reads. From 2010 - 15, Dr. Lindberg held the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Legal Orders, Laws and Traditions at Athabasca University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and her research interests include traditional Indigenous governments, Cree laws and the translation between Canadian and Indigenous laws, Indigenous women and legal advocacy and activism by and for Indigenous peoples. Her current research and creative interests are engaged in her completion of a documentary, novel and non-fiction text all of which engage Indigenous legal orders, teachings and knowledge.

Dr. Janna Promislow is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Faculty of Law. She earned her LLM and PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Before her appointment at TRU, Janna clerked with the Law Courts of Alberta, and practiced law with Davis & Company in the Northwest Territories serving Sahtu communities primarily, addressing land claims implementation issues and residential schools claims. She also taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, UVic Law, and the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and served as Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta. In a break from graduate studies, she worked as a policy advisor for the Government of Ontario on consultation with Aboriginal communities. She has published on Aboriginal administrative law, treaty relationships and interpretation, and the historical development of intersocietal law between Indigenous and European fur traders. She is currently involved as a co-lead on a SSHRC Partnership Grant with the Land Claims Agreement Coalition, addressing the roles of Indigenous and settler law in the implementation of modern treaties. In 2020-21, she will be teaching Legal Process and Constitutional Law in the JD program, and Transsystemic Administrative Law in the JD/JID program.

We welcome Dr. Asad Kiyani back to UVic Law! Asad is a former faculty member who taught at the University of Calgary for the past year and has now returned. He researches and teaches in domestic and international criminal law, immigration and refugee law, evidence, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and comparative law.