Joel Bakan

Professor (on sabbatical)

B.A. (Simon Fraser) 1981, B.A. (Juris.) (Oxford) 1983, LL.B. (Dalhousie) 1984, LL.M. (Harvard) 1987

Tel: 604.822.5682
Office Location: Allard Hall, room 355



Joel Bakan writes and researches in the areas of Constitutional Law, socio-legal studies, legal theory and economic law.  He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and served as Law Clerk in 1985 for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada.  He joined the Law Faculty in 1990 as Associate Professor after a year's visit from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he had been Assistant Professor since 1987.  Professor Bakan teaches Constitutional Law, Contracts, socio-legal courses and the graduate seminar.  He has won the Faculty of Law's Teaching Excellence Award twice and a UBC Killam Research Prize.

Representative Published Works

  • Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997)
  • The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (2004)
  • The Corporation (documentary film) (2004)
  • Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Penguin, 2011)
  • The Invisible Hand of Law: Private Regulation and the Rule of Law (2015 - 48:2 Cornell Int'l L J)

Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.