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.
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.