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. 

Faculty Profiles

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.

Click here for a recent interview with Dr. Camden Hutchison.


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). 

Click here for a recent interview with Dr. Carol Liao.


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.

Click here for a recent interview with Dr. Cristie Ford.



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. 

 Click here for a recent interview with Dr. Pitman Potter.  


Examples of research projects our faculty are leading: 

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.


Our Faculty