L. Michelle LeBaron

Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 

LL.B. UBC 1980; M.A. SFU 1990; B.A. Chapman University 1977

Tel: 604.822.1830
Fax: 604.822.8108
E-mail: lebaron@allard.ubc.ca
Office Location: Allard Hall, room 464


Professor Michelle LeBaron is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar on conflict transformation, arts and resilience. Upon joining the Peter A. Allard School of Law, she directed the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution from 2003-2012. As an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women's Studies program at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia from 1993-2003, Professor LeBaron did seminal work on intercultural conflict engagement. This work built on community-based research she conducted as director of the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria in the early 1990s. Professor LeBaron was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1982 and practised for ten years as a family law, commercial and organizational mediator. She gives keynotes and consultations around the world on intercultural conflict resolution, the role of arts in fostering resilient leadership, and creative ways of engaging religious and political conflicts.

Professor LeBaron's research and writing explores the role of arts and aesthetic perspectives in transforming conflict. Her projects include Dancing at the Crossroads, a four-year investigation of kinaesthetic resources for mediators and conflict parties, CRANE (Conflict Resolution, Arts and iNtercultural Experience), a multi-modal, international research collaboration, and Enacting Resilience, a three year exploration of how arts engagement can play a role in countering violent extremism. Her books include The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience, Conflict Across Cultures, and Bridging Cultural Conflict. In 2015, Professor LeBaron was awarded a three year Knut and Alice Wallenberg fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa for her project Being Human Today: The Theory and Practice of Social Transformation through the Arts. She is also a 2016-17 fellow at the Trinity College Long Room Hub in Dublin, Ireland. Professor LeBaron is passionate about optimizing interdisciplinary collaboration, and serves on the International Academic Advisory Board of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.  


  • Fundamentals of Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution Theory and Practice
  • Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Transnational Law

Representative Published Works

  • LeBaron, Michelle. The Deepest Sense: Revitalizing Links Between Law and Touch. Non Liquet. Westminster Law and Theory Lab Law and the Senses Series, United Kingdom. October 2016.
  • LeBaron, Michelle. Is the Blush off the Rose? Legal Metaphors in a Changing World. Journal of Law and Society Special Issue: Interrogating Languages of Law, Justice and Legitimacy 43(1), March 2016, pp. 144-165. Also published as a book:
  • LeBaron, Michelle and Nadja Alexander. 2016. “Negotiating Beautifully: The Alchemy of Aesthetics in Collaborative Processes” in Chris Honeyman & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, eds. The Negotiators Desk Reference. St. Paul, MN: DRI Press
  • Alexander, Nadja and Michelle LeBaron. 2016. “Four Elements of Aesthetics in Negotiation. in Chris Honeyman & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, eds. The Negotiators Desk Reference. St. Paul, MN: DRI Press.
  • Alexander, Nadja and Michelle LeBaron. 2016. “The Alchemy of Mediation: Aesthetic Wisdom for a Fragmented Age” in Ian Macduff, ed. Essays in Mediation. Dealing with Disputes in the 21st Century. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International.
  • Beausoleil, Emily and Michelle LeBaron. What Moves Us: Implications of Neuroscience and Dance for Conflict Transformation. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, (Winter 2013), 133-158.
  • MacLeod, Carrie, Ashli Akins and Michelle LeBaron. 2016. Enacting Resilience Toolkit.
  • Alexander, Nadja and Michelle LeBaron. 2009. Death of the Roleplay. Honeyman, C., J. Coben, and G. De Palo (eds). Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture. St Paul, MN: DRI Press.
  • Conflict Across Cultures. A Unique Experience of Bridging Differences.  Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. 2006
  • "Learning New Dances: Finding Effective Ways of Addressing Intercultural Disputes", in Catherine Bell and David Kahane (Eds.) Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts: Canadian and International Perspectives . Vancouver, British Columbia: University of British Columbia Press, 2004.
  • "Windows on Diversity: Lawyers, Culture, and Mediation Practice", co-authored with Zena Zumeta, Conflict Resolution Quarterly 20(4), Summer 2003: 463-472.
  • Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World . San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2003.
  • Bridging Troubled Waters: Conflict Resolution from the Heart . San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2002.
  • "Why the Foreign Matters in Foreign Affairs: Cultural Understanding in Policy Processes", co-authored with Jarle Crocker, Harvard International Review , Fall 2000: 54-59.

Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database.