Cristie Ford

Professor and Associate Dean, Research and the Legal Profession

B.A. (Alberta); J.D. (Victoria); LL.M. (Columbia); JSD (Columbia)

Tel: 604.822.2711
Fax: 604.822.8108
Office Location: Allard Hall, room 456


Dr. Cristie Ford’s research focuses primarily on regulatory theory as it relates to international, US and Canadian financial and securities regulation. Her publications have analyzed novel remedies in securities law enforcement, principles-based approaches to securities regulation, systemic risk regulation and the regulation of financial innovation, and prospects for "responsive" financial regulation. She has authored multiple articles and two books:Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017); and, with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and Kathleen Rockwell, the leading text Canadian Securities Regulation (5th ed., 2014).

Prior to joining UBC, Professor Ford practiced in securities regulation and administrative law, including at Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP in New York. She obtained her graduate degrees from Columbia Law School, where she also taught in a variety of capacities. Professor Ford edited the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal Regulation & Governance from 2012 through 2015 and now sits on its Executive Board, among other editorial and advisory boards. She has served on several occasions as a consultant to the Canadian Department of Finance. She has lectured in law schools and to academic audiences across North America and in Europe, Australia, and Israel. She was a Killam Faculty Research Fellow in 2012/2013, and in 2015/2016 received the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2018-2019, Professor Ford was a Plumer Research Fellow at the College of St. Anne’s, Oxford; and a Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute. Professor Ford is Associate Dean, Research and the Legal Profession, as of July 1, 2019.

Recent Publications

Cristie Ford, Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Cristie Ford, “Systemic Risk Regulation in Comparative Perspective,” Expert Report commissioned by Department of Finance, Government of Canada (2016)

David Johnston, Kathleen Rockwell and Cristie Ford, Canadian Securities Regulation, 5th ed. (LexisNexis: 2014).

Cristie Ford, "Financial Innovation and Flexible Regulation: Destabilizing the Regulatory State" 18 N. Carol. Banking Inst. J. 27 (2013)

Cristie Ford, "Innovation-Framing Regulation" 649 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 76 (2013)

Cristie Ford, "Prospects for Scalability: Relationships and Uncertainty in Responsive Financial Regulation" 7 Regulation & Governance 14 (2013)

Cristie Ford and Hardeep Gill, "A National Systemic Risk Clearinghouse?" in Anita Anand, ed., What Next for Canada? Securities Regulation after the Reference (2012).

Cristie Ford, "Remedies: Dogs and Tails" in Lorne Sossin and Colleen Flood, eds., Administrative Law in Context, 2d ed. (2012).

Cristie Ford, "Macro and Micro Effects in Responsive Financial Regulation" 44 UBC L Rev 569-626 (2011), reprinted in Les Editions Thémis (2012)

Cristie Ford & David Hess, "Corporate Monitorships and New Governance Regulation: In Theory, in Practice, and in Context" 33 Law & Policy 509 (2011)

Cristie Ford & Carol Liao, "Power Without Property, Still: Unger, Berle, and the Derivatives Revolution" 33 Seattle U. L. Rev. 889 (2010)

Cristie Ford, "New Governance in the Teeth of Human Frailty: Lessons from Financial Regulation" 2010 Wisc. L. Rev. 101 (2010)

Cristie Ford, "Principles-Based Securities Regulation in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis" 55 McGill L J 257 (2010)

Cristie Ford, "Smart enforcement: trends and innovations for monitoring, investigating and prosecuting corporate corruption,"  Transparency International, Global Corruption Report 2009: Corruption and the Private Sector, Cambridge University Press

Cristie Ford, "Principles-Based Securities Regulation," Research Study Commissioned by the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation (released January 12, 2009).

Cristie L. Ford & David Hess, "Can Corporate Monitorships Improve Corporate Compliance?" 34 J. Corp. L. 679 (2009)

Cristie L. Ford, "New Governance, Compliance, and Principles-Based Securities Regulation" (2008) 45:1 American Bus. L. J. 1.

David Hess & Cristie L. Ford, "Corporate Corruption and Reform Undertakings: A New Approach to an Old Problem" (2008) 41 Cornell Int’l L.J. 307 (2008) (PDF)

Cristie L. Ford, "Remedies: Dogs and Tails," Administrative Law in Context. Ed. Lorne Sossin and Colleen Flood (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2007/2008)

Cristie L. Ford, "How Should We Teach Securities Regulation in a Fast-Moving World?"  (2008) 46:1 Canadian Bus. L. Rev. 28


Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.