Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy


Faculty of Law

Faculty of Human and Social Development

Since its founding in 1975, the Faculty of Law ( has made unique contributions to Canadian legal education through classroom innovation, creativity and leadership in research, with due attention to the needs of Canada’s most marginalized communities. Home to some of Canada’s most transformative and dynamic thinkers, the Faculty has created a vibrant learning environment based on a commitment to social justice, humane professionalism and civic responsibility, and critical interdisciplinary policy-oriented research and teaching. Dedicated to providing students with the skills, knowledge and judgment needed for diverse careers, our curriculum includes the only common-law co-operative legal education program in Canada and diverse experiential education opportunities. In September 2018, we welcomed the inaugural class in our path-breaking joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID).

The Faculty of Human and Social Development ( is home to Schools of Child and Youth Care, Health Information Science, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health and Social Policy, Social Work, and to the Indigenous Governance programs. We share commitments to quality professional programs, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and community engaged research. Our students, faculty, staff and community partners value research, teaching and learning, advocacy and service that contribute to health and social justice for all. Amongst a number of research foci that could intersect with this Chair, we generate internationally recognized scholarship in advancing Indigenous Nationhood, creating inclusion, fostering healthy public policy, nurturing community development, reducing inequities, and strengthening human and ecological health.


We invite applications for the Dorothy and David Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy, a limited-term chair held jointly between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Human and Social Development. The purpose of the Chair is to advance the University’s engagement with the interface between law and public policy, especially the relationship between legal and non-legal recourses for dealing with complex social problems. The Chair will provide academic leadership in supporting faculty research and graduate program activities to further interdisciplinary reflection on the nature, role, and transformation of legal proceedings.

Areas of particular interest to both faculties are the interface between legal and therapeutic means of addressing pressing social problems; empirical assessment of forms of intervention; mechanisms of dispute resolution and their further development; reflection on ways in which “access to justice” ought to be understood and pursued; and examination of the interaction between public institutions and non-governmental dispute resolution processes.

The appointment will be for an initial term of three years at the rank of Professor. This term may be extended to a maximum of seven years. The Chair will carry a three-quarters teaching load across the Law Faculty and the school(s) within the Faculty of Human and Social Development relevant to the Chair’s research and practice expertise. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The university’s benefit package is comprehensive.

We are seeking an academic or practitioner with (1) a record of research accomplishment appropriate for a university-based, community-engaged research environment; (2) university teaching and mentoring experience at the undergraduate and graduate level, or similar teaching and mentoring experience in a professional environment; (3) experience that bridges research and practice, with a pronounced public policy dimension; and (4) an in-depth knowledge of the law, legal institutions, and legal proceedings.

Additional information

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

Applications, consisting of a cover letter that specifies areas of teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae and the names of (and contact information for) three referees should be addressed to the Lam Chair Appointments Advisory Committee and sent by email to the Committee Chair at

Applicants who have special requirements for confidentiality are invited to contact Susan Breau, Dean, Faculty of Law  & Chair, Lam Chair Appointments Advisory Committee, at, or Patricia Marck, Dean, Faculty of Human & Social Development at

Application deadline

The Committee will begin considering applications November 9, 2018 and until the position is filled.

Equity statement

Consistent with UVic’s values, we acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Pamela Richards, Director, Faculty Relations and Academic Administration at (250) 721-7010 or at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are requested to self-identify themselves in their application.