Michelle LeBaron

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

B.A. (Chapman University); LL.B. (UBC); M.A. (SFU)

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. Her current research is on two main areas: conflict across religious and worldview differences, and the role of arts in collective memory and commemoration processes and reconciliation. As a recipient of a Wallenberg Fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (2015-2018), Michelle collaborated with internationally-renowned visual artist Dr. Kim Berman of the University of Johannesburg and other artists and scholars to explore the role of arts and artists in South African transitional justice.  Professor LeBaron’s books include Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice (2018); The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience (2013), Conflict Across Cultures (2006); and Bridging Cultural Conflict (2003). Michelle’s work spans disciplines and communities. Her Dancing at the Crossroads research/practice initiative was a partnership with internationally-renowned dancer Margie Gillis to explore dance and movement as resources for addressing conflict across social divides. Enacting Resilience, a project of Public Safety Canada, engaged members of the Vancouver and Surrey Punjabi communities to examine arts as ways to foster community wellbeing and inoculate against extremism. Professor LeBaron 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 was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1982 and practiced for ten years as a family law, commercial and organizational mediator. She did seminal work on intercultural conflict engagement as an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women's Studies program at George Mason University from 1993-2003. Previously, she directed the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria. Michelle directed the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution from 2003-2012 and was a 2016-17 fellow at the Trinity College Long Room Hub for Arts and Humanities Research in Dublin, Ireland.


  • 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.

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