Carol Liao

Assistant Professor

UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar​
B.A. (Honours) (Queen’s); LL.B. (UBC); LL.M. (UBC); Ph.D./S.J.D. (Joint Degree) (UBC/Toronto) 

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. Prior to joining Allard, Dr. Liao was an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where she received the 2016 Law Students’ Society First Year Class Teaching Award. Her research focuses on business law, corporate governance, corporate sustainability, law and economics, and business ethics. 

Dr. Liao 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 a number of ground-breaking new books in business law, all forthcoming 2018: 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. Her article, A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance, was distributed by the Institute of Corporate Directors to over 7,500 directors during a critical regulatory reform period in Canada, was cited in multiple media sources, and appears in course syllabi across the country. 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.

Dr. Liao is the recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Bertram Award issued by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She is an advisor to The Philippe Kirsch Institute of the Canadian Centre for International Justice and a steering committee member of the Themis International Network of Female Business Scholars. She is also 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, a leading global law firm, 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. 

Curriculum Vitae

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