Carol Liao

Assistant Professor
Director, Centre for Business Law

UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar​
B.A. (Honours) (Queen’s); LL.B. (UBC); LL.M. (UBC); Ph.D./S.J.D. (Joint Degree) (UBC/Toronto) 
Member of the New York Bar (non-practising)

Phone: 604-822-3752
Office: Allard Hall, Room 460
Twitter: @carolmliao


Dr. Carol Liao is an Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law and the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is the Director of the Centre for Business Law, a leading national research centre that also oversees the Business Law Concentration and two experiential learning programs at Allard Law, the Business Law Clinic and Corporate Counsel Externship. Prior to joining Allard, Dr. Liao was an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the 2016 Law Students’ Society First Year Class Teaching Award. Her research focuses on business law, corporate governance, corporate sustainability, law and economics, social enterprise law, and business ethics. 

Dr. Liao is the principal investigator of a SSHRC Insight Grant-funded project studying the evolution of Canadian corporate law and governance principles from an economic, social, and environmental sustainability lens. She is a co-author of Business Organizations: Practice, Theory, and Emerging Challenges, 2nd ed. (with R. Yalden et al) (Emond) and a contributing author to the following 2018- 2019 Cambridge University Press books: The Cambridge Handbook for Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, and Sustainability; The Cambridge Handbook for Social Enterprise Law; and Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change. She is currently co-editing a collection on sustainable business models with Dr. Beate Sjåfjell of the University of Oslo and Dr. Aikaterini Argyrou of Utrecht University (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2020).

Dr. Liao is a past Bertram Scholar of the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a steering committee member of the Themis International Network of Female Business Scholars and a board director of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society, which spearheads two access to justice initiatives: Law for Nonprofits and Artists’ Legal Outreach.

Prior to academia, Dr. Liao was a senior associate in the New York Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she represented public and private multinational corporations in a variety of transactional and governance matters. On behalf of the firm, she also served as a legal researcher for the Office of the Prosecutor on location at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda, and was featured in the New York Law Journal for her pro bono asylum work. She is a former judicial clerk of the BC Court of Appeal.

Representative Published Works

For Dr. Liao's publications available on SSRN, go here.

Selected publications are also listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database