Endowed Permanent Chairs

The Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History

The Honourable Nathan T. Nemetz, Q.C., formerly Chief Justice of British Columbia, is recognized both nationally and internationally for the remarkable contributions he has made to the legal profession, academia and public affairs. He also has a lifelong association with UBC, commencing with a first class B.A. in history and including service on the UBC Board of Governors and service as Chancellor. His friends, colleagues and members of the legal community wished to recognize his contribution to Canada by establishing the Chair. The Chair is designed to enrich the education of lawyers, advance legal writing in Canada, and properly and permanently remember the name of Nathan T. Nemetz. It was made possible through the generosity of members of the legal profession and community and the Province of British Columbia through the World of Opportunity Campaign. Professor Doug Harris is the second incumbent of the Chair.

The Chair in Feminist Legal Studies

The Chair in Feminist Legal Studies is the first of its kind in Canada. It was established in 1992 to reinforce and strengthen the existing base of feminist legal studies in the Faculty of Law by expanding research and teaching in the field at both the graduate and LL.B. levels. The Chair also raises public awareness of women's issues at UBC and in the broader community through the development of a feminist understanding of day-to-day legal issues. It was made possible through generous donations from the legal and wider communities and the Province of British Columbia as part of UBC's "World of Opportunity" Campaign. Professor Susan Boyd is the first incumbent of the Chair.

Endowed Visiting Chairs

The Visiting Chair program brings leading legal scholars from around the world to UBC Law to participate in the intellectual life of the Faculty and to contribute to our program of legal education. The program is comprised of two endowed visiting chairs, the Walter S. Owen and the Douglas McK. Brown Chairs in Law. Calls for expressions of interest are posted at Available Faculty Positions as opportunities arise.

The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law

The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law, the first endowed Chair at the Faculty of Law, was established in honour of the Honourable Walter S. Owen, O.C., Q.C., LL.D., K. St. J., one of Vancouver’s most prominent lawyers, business people and philanthropists. Among his many services to the legal profession and the public, he was President of the Canadian Bar Association (1958-59), Treasurer of the Law Society of British Columbia (1964-65), and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (1973-78). He died in 1980, and the campaign to fund the Walter S. Owen Chair, which was already underway at that time, culminated in the formal establishment of the Chair in 1982.

Chair incumbents participate in the scholarly life of the Faculty, and give a public lecture as an expression of the Faculty’s wish to commemorate Mr. Owen, and to thank those whose contributions enabled the Chair to be endowed. The Walter S. Owen Chair has been occupied by distinguished and internationally recognized scholars and jurists, including, Professor Jacob S. Ziegel, University of Toronto; The Hon. N.T. Nemetz, Q.C., former Chief Justice of British Columbia; Professor Christine Boyle, Dalhousie University; Professor Ann Scales, University of New Mexico; Professor Daniel Nsereko, University of Botswana; Professor Richard Weisberg, Cardozo School of Law; Professor Robert F.V. Heuston, Trinity College, Dublin; Professor Peter B. Carter, Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford; Professor Michael L. Crommelin, University of Melbourne; Professor Janet Chan, University of South Wales; and Professor Stuart Scheingold, University of Washington. (For a complete list of annual lectures delivered by previous Walter S. Owen Visiting Chairs, please click here.)

The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law

The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law was established in 1986 in honour of one of British Columbia’s most eminent citizens. Douglas McK. Brown was born in Vancouver in 1912 and educated at the University of British Columbia and in Cambridge, England. For many years he taught as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Law Faculty, in addition to his busy practice in the firm of Russell & DuMoulin and his many public interests. Douglas McK. Brown died in 1982 and soon thereafter a campaign was initiated to establish a Chair of Law in his name. Each year a distinguished visitor is appointed. Visitors have included Professor Alice Erh-Soon Tay, University of Sydney; Professor Maurice Copithorne, University of British Columbia; Professor Karl Klare, Northeastern University; Professor Denise Reaume, University of Toronto; Professor Roderick Macdonald, McGill University; Professor Regina Graycar, University of South Wales; and Sir Peter North, Oxford University. (For a complete list of annual lectures delivered by previous Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Chairs, please click here.)