Previous Events

Academic-Practitioner Roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law

July 21, 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | Sauder School of Business, UBC, 9th Floor, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver

The Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics is hosting an upcoming Academic-Practitioner Roundtable on Responsible Business and the Law. It will be a gathering of experts covering diverse topics related to the law as a driver of increased expectations for business responsibility. The event takes place on Friday July 21 from 2-5pm at UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver. The event is complimentary but space is limited. Please RSVP to to attend.

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Seminar: Whistleblowing Offices and Other Novel Regulatory Approaches in the Detection, Investigation and Deterrence of Fraudulent Practices

May 8, 2017 | 4:00-6:30pm | BC Hydro (333 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver)

Moderators: Joseph Weiler, Professor, Allard School of Law and Cristie Ford, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law.

Keynote Speaker: Heidi Franken, Chief, Office of the Whistleblower and Acting Deputy Director, Enforcement Branch at Ontario Securities Commission.

Panelists: Sean Boyle, Partner, Blakes (Vancouver); Ray Haywood, Director, Forensic Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Calgary & Toronto); Douglas Muir, Director, Enforcement, British Columbia Securities Commission; Jordan Thomas, Partner, Labaton Sucharow (New York). 

Description: This seminar, organized by the Centre for Business Law and the Anti Corruption Law Program at the Allard School of Law will explore recent initiatives in whistleblowing, with particular emphasis on the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC’s) Whistleblower Program, which came into effect in July 2016. Like its counterpart in the US, the OSC Whistleblower Program seeks to encourage the reporting of serious securities-related misconduct. Keynote speaker Heidi Franken, Chief, Office of the Whistleblower and Acting Deputy Director, Enforcement Branch at Ontario Securities Commission, will discuss the implementation of the program, including its origins and the early experience of this OSC initiative. A panel of discussants will respond to the concepts and issues raised by the keynote speaker. For more information please click here. Slides prepared by Heidi Franken as well as a summary of the seminar can be found here and here, respectively. 

Attendees eligible for 2 CPD credits.

No cost to attend but registration required. Please RSVP to


The Promises and Perils of India’s New Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

March 28, 2017 12:00-1:00pm, UBC Robson Square, Telus Boardroom (1.000), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Speaker: Professor Adam Feibelman, Associate Dean for Faculty of Research and Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School.

Commentary by: Dr. Janis Sarra, Presidential Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and Tevia Jeffries, Partner, Insolvency Group, Dentons Canada LLP.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. Lunch will be served. 


Professor Feibelman’s presentation will explore the promises and perils of India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. This new regime represents a dramatic change in the legal landscape for individual and commercial debtors, lenders, the judicial system, and insolvency professionals. At this early moment, there are reasons to believe the new Code will be a significant improvement over the previous regime. It should make the bankruptcy system operate in a more timely and predictable fashion, make credit markets more appealing for both both lenders and borrowers, and meaningfully expand protections for a significant segment of individual debtors in India from the debilitating costs and harms of financial distress. However the extent of these improvements depend crucially on a successful institutional transition and an evolution in how stakeholders conceive of the role of insolvency and bankruptcy law in their private dealings. 



Business Law Concentration Information Session

March 23, 2017 12:30-1:30, Allard Hall, Room 121

Are you an Allard Law student passionate about business law? Attend this information session to learn more about the Business Law Concentration program.

Lunch will be provided.

Speakers include: Jon Conlin, Fasken Martineau LLP; Ilana Schrager, McMillan LLP, and Jennifer Horton (3L).



Who Owns the Past? Law, the Politics of Memory and the Israeli Supreme Court

March 17, 2017 12:00-1:30pm, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP (Main Boardroom)

Speaker: Professor Guy Pessach, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. A light lunch will be served. No cost to attend. Read more here.

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP: 2500-700 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver.

RSVP required by March 3, 2017 by email to



After the Fall(s) - Rewriting China's Securities Law and Regulation of the PRC Capital Markets

March 16, 2017 4:00-5:30pm, Allard Hall, Room 104

Organized by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Speaker: Nicholas Calcina Howson, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School

Read more here

RSVP required by email to



A Conversation with Robert Reich

March 1, 2017 12:30-2:00pm, Allard Hall, Franklin Lew Forum

The Centre for Business Law and the Liu Institute for Global Issues are very pleased to be welcoming Robert Reich to the Allard School of Law. Mr. Reich is visiting the University of British Columbia as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies. From January to April 2017, the focus of the series is The Trump Impact: Change, Challenges, Responses. The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is a dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC Vancouver which aims to address the most urgent issues of our time and invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to share their research and insights with students, faculty, alumni, and the community.

Dr. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and "Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "Saving Capitalism." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality for All. 

All welcome. No registration required.


Toward a Progressive Politics of Financial Regulation Workshop 

February 22-24, 2017 Allard School of Law & Liu Institute for Global Issues

Chaired by Dr. Cristie Ford, this workshop brings together a small group of scholars from sociology and anthropology, business, and law, to focus on the relationships between financial institutions and financial markets, economic regulation (domestic and international), and progressive political priorities.

For a detailed description of the workshop, please click here.


Brexit: Legal Impact and Future Strategies for Canadian Businesses

February 15, 2017 Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm | Reception: 6:30-7:00pm, Four Seasons Hotel (Chartwell Room)

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law & Alumni Relations 

Speakers:  Dr. Ljiljana Biukovic, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Professional Programs, Allard School of Law & Lorna Strong, Deputy General Counsel, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC in London, UK.

Please join Dr. Biukovic and alumna Lorna Strong (LLB’ 98) for an in depth conversation regarding the implications of Brexit for Canadian businesses and law firms, including those with a presence in the UK. Dr. Biukovic, an expert in international trade law and European Union law, and London based Ms. Strong, lead counsel for HSBC Global Trade & Receivables Finance, will provide an overview of the current situation, examine short and long term challenges and solutions, and consider the impact on global trade and the economy.

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit.

Registration: $25 plus GST. No charge to attend for Allard School of Law students, faculty, and staff.



Transformation of the Public Company

January 17, 2017 12:30-1:45pm, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Classroom (Room 122)

Speaker: Brian Cheffins, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Professor Cheffins will discuss his work thus far on a project entitled Transformation of the Public Company. In the project, he analyzes how and why the U.S. public company, which has dominated the American economy since the beginning of the 20th Century, has been transformed since an era of "managerial capitalism" that prevailed in the 1950s and 1960s.  Particular emphasis will be placed on how changing market conditions, a reconfiguration of corporate governance arrangements, and legal reforms have altered the manner in which publicly traded companies are run.  Professor Cheffins’ project is scheduled to culminate in the publication of a book with Oxford University Press.  

This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. A light lunch will be served.

All welcome. No registration required. 


Law & Technology Panel Event

January 13, 2017 8:30am-11:30am, Four Seasons Hotel (Arbutus Room)

Join the Centre for Business Law for a panel event focusing on the impact of technology on law, business, and the delivery of legal services.

Breakfast & networking: 8:30-9:00am | Panels: 9:00-11:30am

Panel 1: Expanding access to justice through the use of technology 

Chair & Moderator: Cristie Ford, Associate Professor & Director of the Centre for Business Law 


Steve McKoen, Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia & Partner, Blakes (Vancouver)  

Jamie McLaren, Executive Director, Access Pro Bono

Professor Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law

Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal 


A discussion of current technological innovations in legal practice that help increase access to justice for members of the public that cannot access traditional legal services. Perspectives from individuals on the front lines addressing access to justice issues in the non profit and public law sphere.

Panel 2: The Future of Law: The impact of technology on law, business, and the delivery of legal services.

Moderator: Jon Festinger, Adjunct Professor, Allard School of Law


Matthew Peters, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault (Vancouver)

Aron Solomon, LegalX, Law Made 

Corinne Zimmerman, General Counsel, Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Aboriginal Affairs)


A discussion of how technology is fundamentally transforming law, business, and the delivery of legal services including the impacts of technologies such as smart contracts, block chain, and artificial intelligence.

This event qualifies for 2 CPD credits. A continental breakfast will be served. 

Registration: $40 (General) | $20 (Non-Profit & Government) plus GST. No charge to attend for Allard School of Law students, faculty, and staff. 



Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire? A Discussion of the CETA Investment Court

Thursday, September 29 2016, Fasken Martineau, 2900-550 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Fasken Martineau's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and the Canadian Council on International Law are hosting this complimentary panel discussion and reception. Professor Ljiljana Biukovic, Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law, will participate as a panelist. 

Attendees eligible for 1 hour of CPD credit.

For more details, click here


Specific Performance and Change of Mind 

Tuesday, September 27 2016, Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart, Professor of the Law of Contract at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow in Law at Merton College, will be at Allard Hall discussing specific performance, change of mind, and why the courts rarely require defendants to perform a contract as opposed to paying damages. 

Attendees eligible for 1 hour of CPD credit. 

For more details, click here


State Aid and Taxation 

Friday, September 16 2016Indigenous classroom (123), Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Students, scholars, and practitioners are welcome to attend this lecture by Dr. Wolfgang Schön, who is visiting the law faculty and teaching an intensive course on "The Impact of the Internal Market on Domestic Tax Law in Europe”.

For more details, click here


On government surveillance, technology companies, and whistleblower protection: an open forum with Ben Wizner 

Tuesday, March 22 2016, Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Please join the Centre for Business Law and the Allard Prize for International Integrity at an open forum with Ben Wizner, Edward Snowden's legal counsel. Mr. Wizner will discuss how surveillance technologies have outpaced democratic controls, the legal challenges of holding government surveillance agencies accountable, and the tension between individual privacy rights and national security objectives.

Ben Wizner is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. He has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security for fifteen years, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He is the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.

There is no charge for this event.


Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar Lecture: Access to Justice and Abuses of Contract 

Wednesday, March 9 2016, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

The use of mass-market standardized fine print that alters the rights of consumers is greatly expanding in today’s digital environment. Mass-market boilerplate impacts access to justice when it removes rights to redress grievances. This in turn undermines agreement and leads to democratic degradation because it undermines the basis of civil society and the Rule of Law.  A brief comparison of US and Canadian common law suggests that Canada’s legal system is less willing to allow these inroads into access to justice.

Speaker: Professor Margaret Radin

The Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law is pleased to welcome its 2016/2017 Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar, Margaret Jane Radin. Dr. Radin is Faculty of Law Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, where she serves on the Faculty Advisory Group for the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. Her most recent book, Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law (Princeton University Press, 2013), winner of the Scribes Book Award for 2014, explores the problems posed for the legal system by standardized adhesion contracts and how those problems might be ameliorated. Dr. Radin also has written two books exploring the problems of propertization: Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press, 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press, 1993), as well as co-authored a casebook on Internet Commerce. Dr. Radin is the author of about 70 articles, two of which, Property and Personhood and Market-Inalienability, were selected for a list of the 100 most-cited law review articles of all time.

Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.

There is no charge for this event.


Behind Closed Doors: Cross-Border Insights from the Appellate Courts 

Thursday, February 25 2016, Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Please join us for a candid exchange of views on appellate practice and substantive law between two senior justices of Canada and the United States: former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, The Honourable Marie Deschamps, and United States Federal Appeals Court Judge William A. Fletcher. 

For more information see the event brochure.

There is no charge for this event.


13th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference 

Friday, February 5 2016, Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Details: click here 

Attendees eligible for CPD credits.


Book Launch and Tax Law Networking Event: Taxation of Business Organizations in Canada 

Tuesday, January 26 2016, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Join us for a launch party and networking event celebrating the release of David Duff and Geoffrey Loomer's Taxation of Business Organizations in Canada!

For more information, please see the poster for the event here

There is no charge for this event.


Joseph Stiglitz: Inequality - Law as Problem? Law as Solution? 

Thursday, November 19 2015, ​Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Speakers: Joseph Stiglitz, Cristie Ford, Galit Sarfaty, Joel Bakan, David Duff.

Peter A. Allard School of Law faculty members will join Nobel prize-winning economist and professor Joseph Stiglitz for a panel discussion about his ground-breaking work on inequality as it relates to global supply chains and human rights, tax policy, financial innovation and the power to constitute and remedy inequality.

See video of this panel here.

Reception to follow.

There is no charge for this event.


Wall Wednesdays Afternoon Series: Corporate Pillage and Conflict Commodities 

Wednesday, October 7 2015, University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver

Speaker: James Stewart, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Since the end of the Cold War, the illegal exploitation of natural resources has provided the means and motivation for armed violence in countries as diverse as Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq. To date, no businessperson or company has been held accountable for trafficking in these conflict commodities, despite the fact that corporate willingness to trade with brutal armed groups is a prerequisite to modern resource wars the world over. This talk plots and advantages and challenges involved in prosecuting commercial actors for pillaging natural resources from war zones, using the war crime of pillage as applied after Nuremberg as a template.

For more information, see the event poster.

Free event, no RSVP required.


Shaanxi Province Revenue Bureau Delegation

Thursday, February 19 2015

A 15-person delegation of tax policy directors, public accountants and economists from the Shaanxi Provincial Revenue Bureau, P. R. of China, led by Mr. Zhaorui Hu, Associate Counsel and Economist.

The session lasted an hour and a half, and involved a detailed discussion of Canadian approaches to international tax avoidance and tax treaty shopping, including a discussion of the Canadian General Anti-Avoidance Rule, and three Canadian tax cases involving tax treaty shopping.


2014 Annual Review of Insolvency Law 

Friday, February 6 2015, Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto

Details: click here

Attendees eligible for CPD credits.


6th Annual Centre for Business Law & Law and Business Society Welcome Reception 

Thursday, January 15 2015, Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel, 1128 Georgia Street W, Vancouver 



The Future of World Trade and Investment: Law, Business and Politics 

Thursday, January 8 2015, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia St, Vancouver

This lecture will consider the main trends affecting the international legal regimes that govern trade and investment; from the turn to megaregional negotiations, to the legitimacy crisis of investor-state arbitration, to sovereign debt after Argentina's "default", climate change and the rapidly evolving nature of political risk.  How to advise clients - governments or private businesses - on their evolving legal options in the current global environment, whether it is a matter of settling international disputes or seizing strategic opportunities?

Speaker: Rob Howse, Fasken Martineau Visiting Senior Scholar, Lloyd C Nelson Professor of International Law at New York University



Beyond Work Life Balance: Legal Ethics & Equality for Women Lawyers

Friday, November 28 2014, Metropolitan Hotel, 645 Howe Street, Vancouver

Co-hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies


  • Janine Benedet, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, Director of the CFLS (Chair & Moderator)
  • Anne Bhanu Chopra, Equity Ombudsperson, Law Society of British Columbia 
  • Danielle Jarvis, Partner, JarvisLegal; Member at Large, SOGIC Executive 
  • Michelle Pockey, Partner, Fasken Martineau  
  • Lisa Vogt, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault; Justicia Project, Phase 1, Co-Chair 


The promotion of equality for women in the legal profession is part of the ethical and professional responsibilities of all lawyers.  Much of the attention to this issue in recent years has been focused on the important question of the retention of women in private practice, which is usually linked to challenges in balancing the demands of practice and family responsibilities.  While these are important issues, they are not the only issues facing women lawyers throughout their career paths.   This panel will consider other ways in which gendered norms affect the opportunities for women lawyers.  These include expectations as to appearance, both for older and younger lawyers; the competitive culture of law firms; stereotypes of women in supporting rather than leadership roles, and the ways in which other identities (race, sexual orientation) intersect with these concerns.  Practical strategies and problem-solving will be emphasized.


ABA North America Forum 

November 17-18 2014, Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

The Centre for Business Law is a Cooperating Entity on this event.
Full conference brochure here.


Tax Law Panel & Networking Event 

Thursday, November 6 2014, Terrace Lounge, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Moderator: Dr. David Duff, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law and the Career Services Office.

For more details please see the event brochure


Too Rich to Rein In? The Under-Utilized Wealth Tax Base 

Monday, November 3 2014, Room 111, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Dr. Chris Evans, School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW Business School, UNSW Australia (Visiting Scholar, LLM in Tax Program)

For more information, see the event brochure.

Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.

No charge to attend. 


Picketty in America: A Tale of Two Literatures (Faculty Colloquium) 

Monday, October 27 2014, Fasken Martineau Classroom (Room 122), Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Dr. Daniel Shaviro, Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation, New York University Law School

Attendees eligible for 1 CPD credit.

No charge to attend. 


A Panel Discussion: Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System 

Wednesday, October 8 2014, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 Georgia Street W, Vancouver

Moderator: Dr. Cristie Ford, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

For more details please see the event invitation.


From Newton to Shechtman: Can Intellectual Property Facilitate Nonlinear Innovation 

Monday, October 6 2014, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, 2500 - 700 Georgia Street W, Vancouver

Speaker: Dr. Michal Shur-Ofry, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Presented by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UBC's Centre for Business Law.


Talent Wants To Be Free 

Friday, September 19 2014, Fasken Martineau Classroom, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Speaker: Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law

For more details please see the event notice here.


Chinese Commercial Law Association Delegation 

Monday, September 8 2014, Roundtable at Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver 

Dinner at Homer St Café, sponsored by Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP 


Stateless Income and Its Remedies

Friday, March 28 2014, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Speaker: Ed Kleinbard, USC Los Angeles


2014 NACLE Workshop: Re-Energizing North America: Pipelines and Policy

March 13-15 2014, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Workshop Agenda: Click here


2014 Annual Review of Insolvency Law

February 20-21 2014, Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Details: click here

Attendees eligible for CPD credits