22nd Annual UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference May 10 - 11, 2018

Final Program Available Here

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gregory Hagen, Associate Dean, Research and Director of Graduate Programs, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Special Guest Speaker: The Honourable Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC.  "Mainstreaming Indigenous Law into Legal Studies and Research"

Conference Theme: Law and Contemporary Problems

Today’s world is rapidly being transformed by technological, political, social, and environmental changes. Law must adapt. There are no easy answers, but disciplines outside of law can provide valuable tools and perspectives that law should engage with in order to meet these challenges.

The world faces issues such as the global rise of nationalism; refugee and migration crises; the rise and fall of world powers and the reimagining of North-South relations; the development and use—legal or otherwise—of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum; issues in business and human rights; income and wealth inequality; myriad environmental problems including the effects of a rapidly changing climate; the increasing ubiquity of digital technologies and the Internet; transitional justice; and even the potential exploitation of natural resources in outer space. Further, law and legal scholarship have changed, often in response to these same world issues: social care law; increased attention to law and the third world; corporate regulation and corporate social responsibility; global insurance regulation; trends in international and domestic tax policies; new regulation of carbon emissions; climate change litigation; transnational climate law; a reemergence of indigenous law; new dimensions in criminal justice; regulation of the urban space; contemporary feminism; and other new developments in legal theory. We look forward to receiving submissions on these and any related topics not listed here. 

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the 22nd UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, to be held at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, on May 10–11, 2018. This conference will offer graduate students a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to engage with contemporary perspectives in law and other disciplines.

Accommodation information

For those looking to stay on the UBC Vancouver campus, there are a couple of rooms available at https://live.carey-edu.ca/rooms. We will provide more information on accommodation options as they become available.