Faculty members affiliated with the Centre for Business Law are continuously advancing business law scholarship through leading-edge research. Focused on a broad range of areas connected to business law, the Centre’s research is interdisciplinary in focus and global in influence. 

Adjunct Profiles

Ryan J. Black

Ryan J. Black, Partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP's Vancouver office, has been appointed Clinic Adjunct in the Business Law Clinic for the 2019/2020 academic year. He has extensive experience in technology-related business law and is currently a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the Centre. Additionally, in 2017 he was named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 in Lexpert’s annual Rising Stars edition. He has made an undeniably positive impact on the industries he serves, and we are excited to have him bring his expertise to the Clinic.
An interview with Ryan J. Black


Pavan Jawanda

Pavan Jawanda received his B.B.A. from Simon Fraser University in 2003 and his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia in 2008. As a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Gold Affiliate of the Centre), his practice is primarily focused on advising public and private companies and private equity firms from a range of industries on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, venture capital, and other corporate and commercial transactions. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Pavan was a corporate lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP where he was based in its New York office from 2008 to 2012 and in its Hong Kong office from 2012 to 2014. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and was previously an auditor with KPMG LLP. Next semester, Mr. Jawanda will teach Topics in Corporate Law: Financial Accounting in Legal Practice at the Allard School of Law.
An interview with Pavan Jawanda


Jon Festinger

Mr. Festinger is a Vancouver based counsel and educator. As an Adjunct Professor, he has taught a wide variety of law courses relating to intellectual property, media & communications, and business over more than 25 years at the law school at UBC. He is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University, a faculty member of the Centre for Digital Media, and Honorary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Studies, Queen Mary University of London School of Law. Mr. Festinger is the author of the first edition of Video Game Law published by LexisNexis in 2005, and co-author of the second edition published in 2012, and is Co-editor and Chief of the Interactive Entertainment Law Journal. Additionally, he practices law through Festinger Law & Strategy. He is Chair of viaSport B.C. and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee.
An interview with Jon Festinger 


Catherine Chow

Ms. Chow is the Vice President Legal and General Counsel at Keg Restaurants Ltd., where her broad portfolio includes legal matters such as financing, real estate and leasing, business development, franchising, key partnership agreements, risk management, insurance, litigation, trademark protection, and corporate compliance. Before joining The Keg in 2006, she had a thriving private practice as a commercial and real property lawyer in Alberta and British Columbia. 
An interview with Catherine Chow 


Erika Tse

Erika Tse holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC, and her ICD.D (directors education program) from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Vice-President of Human Resources for GLENTEL Inc. She teaches and oversees students in Corporate Counsel Externship.
An interview with Erika Tse 


Christine Baron

Ms. Baron is a Co-Director of the Business Law Clinic and an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2004, and assists small business clients with a variety of matters including incorporations, share structure, non-competition agreements and other contracts. Ms. Baron has helped many non-profit societies with their incorporations, bylaws and ongoing governance. She also practices estate planning and estate administration.
An interview with Christine Baron 

 Faculty Profiles

Dr. Ljiljana Biuković

Dr. Biuković is a Professor in the Allard School of Law. She teaches Contract Law, European Union Law, and International Trade Law. Her research interests are in the areas of international economic law and European Union integration. She publishes regularly on topics of legal transplantation of international norms and standards by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations, mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and the development of European Union.
An interview with Dr. Ljiljana Biuković 


Dr. Stepan Wood

Dr. Stepan Wood is a Professor at the Allard School of Law, where his research relates to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational governance, voluntary standards, climate change, and environmental law. He leads the interdisciplinary Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) project, an international research network that examines the drivers, dynamics, and impacts of competition, cooperation, coordination, and conflict among transnational initiatives to regulate global business.
An interview with Dr. Stepan Wood 


Dr. Camden Hutchison

Dr. Camden Hutchison recently joined the Allard School of Law as an Assistant Professor. His research and teaching focus on corporate transactions, comparative corporate governance, and legal history. Dr. Hutchison earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where his dissertation examined the history of corporate regulation in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Before returning to graduate school, he practiced as a corporate associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
An interview with Dr. Camden Hutchison


Dr. Carol Liao

Dr. Carol Liao recently joined the Allard School of Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Dr. Liao specializes in business law, corporate governance, economic analysis of law, and the emerging field of social enterprise law. She earned a Ph.D./S.J.D. from the University of Toronto and UBC (Joint Program). Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Liao was a senior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York).
An interview with Dr. Carol Liao 


Dr. Cristie Ford

Dr. Cristie Ford is Associate Professor at the Allard School of Law and Director of the Centre for Business Law. Her research interests include regulatory theory, securities regulation, and administrative law. Dr. Ford practiced in New York for six years prior to coming to Allard Law.
An interview with Dr. Cristie Ford


Dr. Pitman Potter

Pitman Potter is Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law. His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.
An Interview with Dr. Pitman Potter


Dr. Alexandra Flynn

After years of practicing corporate finance and Aboriginal law, as well as undertaking a role as a senior policy official, Dr. Alexandra Flynn found her passion in research and teaching, first as an assistant professor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) and now as an assistant professor at the Allard School of Law.
An Interview with Dr. Alexandra Flynn

Recent faculty publications

Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice

From social media to mortgage-backed securities, innovation carries both risk and opportunity. Groups of people win, and lose, when innovation changes the ground rules. Innovation can obscure and sideline our normative priorities. It also throws up profound regulatory challenges. Looking beyond formal politics, this book argues that we need to recognize innovation, and financial innovation in particular, as a central challenge for regulation. As it evolves, innovation continually undermines, circumvents, and sidelines regulatory structures designed to accommodate it – no matter how sophisticated they may be. In this book, Dr. Cristie Ford, Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Business Law, Allard School of Law, examines the relationships between contemporary regulatory approaches and private sector innovation, and considers the implications of both for broader social welfare priorities including equality and voice. Regulation is at the leading edge of politics and policy in ways that we have not yet fully grasped. Seemingly innocuous regulatory design choices have clear and profound practical ramifications for many of our most cherished social commitments. Innovation is a complex phenomenon that needs to be understood not only in technical terms, but also in human ones. Using financial regulation as her primary example, Dr. Ford argues for a fresh approach to regulation, which recognizes innovation for the regulatory challenge that it is, and which binds our cherished social values and our regulatory tools ever more tightly together.

Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2nd edition

Allard School of Law Professor Janis Sarra, Assistant Professor Carol Liao, and a group of leading practitioners and scholars across Canada have co-authored the textbook Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2nd ed. The edition includes new material on emerging issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada, which in part act as a response to the calls to action from the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It also features a new chapter on social enterprises and the law that has developed in conjunction with the proliferation of these forms of business organization.
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Examples of research projects our faculty are leading: 

Bridging the Gap Between Social Justice and Corporate Law

“There is a deeply entrenched belief that the sole purpose of corporations is to maximize profit above all else – but this is simply not reflective of corporate laws around the world” - Dr. Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law and UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the Sauder School of Business

Innovation and the Future of the Legal Profession

Dr. Cristie Ford, Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Business Law, is the Allard School of Law’s Faculty Lead on a new one-year project focusing on innovation and the future of the legal profession. Through this project, which is supported by the Franklin Lew Innovation Fund, Dr. Ford will explore the changing nature of the legal profession, including potential impacts of technology and competition on legal practice, the administration of justice, and legal education in Canada.

History Matters: Explaining United States Corporate Law

"Today in the United States corporations are formed under state rather than federal law. Corporate law scholars have spent decades debating the policy advantages and disadvantages of this system. Yet the reasons it exists may lie less in current policy rationales than in the vicissitudes of history. Assistant Professor Camden Hutchison turns to the Progressive Era in the United States as a formative but under-examined period in the history of corporate law."

Trade Winds of Change

According to Associate Professor Ljiljana Biuković, we are at a significant juncture in the history of globalization, with newly established Chinese led structures testing the current international status quo and the old Bretton Woods institutions.

Canadian Securities Regulation

Associate Professor Cristie Ford talks about new and challenging ideas for securities regulation including high frequency trading, dark pools and crowd funding.

Taxation of State-Owned Enterprises

Why do countries bother taxing state-owned enterprises (SOEs)? Professor Wei Cui now has a theory which stands in contrast with many long-standing views.

Shining Light on Global Supply Chains

As Canada Research Chair in Global Economic Governance, Assistant Professor Galit Sarfaty studies the convergence of economic globalization with public law values such as human rights.

Meet our Faculty