Joost Blom joined the Faculty of Law in 1972, served as Associate Dean 1982-85, and was Dean 1997-2003. He has been a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1981), Part-time Lecturer at the University of Victoria (1979-81), and Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Trier (Germany) (1996). His research and writing has been concentrated in the areas of Contracts and Torts, focusing on the relationship between them; in Conflict of Laws (Private International Law); and in Comparative Law. He served as President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers 1983-84. He is currently (to Dec. 2007) an elected Bencher of the Law Society of B.C. He has served as Chair (1996-97) of the Board and Treasurer (1995-96 and 2004-06) of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C., and he continues on the Board. He has regularly given presentations in the Society’s courses. He is a member of the Mackenzie King Scholarship Board of Trustees and a Membre Titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He was awarded the designation of Queen’s Counsel (for B.C.) in 1985.
Professor Shigenori Matsui
LLB (Kyoto), LLM (Kyoto), JSD (Stanford), LLD (Kyoto)
Professor Shigenori Matsui
Professor Shigenori Matsui joined UBC Faculty of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005. He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004. He taught courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law, Freedom of Information Law, Internet Law, and Law and Medicine. He also served as an Osaka University Council member from April 2003-March 2003 and served as associate dean for the law School, from April 2004 to December 2005.
Professor Matsui also served for the Japanese Government as a member of the National Freedom of Information Board, and as an examiner for the National Bar Examination Commission (Constitutional Law) as well as serving on a number of boards for Osaka Prefecture and numerous municipalities.
An internationally-renowned expert in the fields of Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Law and Medicine, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, the University of Western Australia and here at the University of British Columbia (1990-91).
Robert K. Paterson
LL.B. (New Zealand) 1968, J.S.M. (Stanford) 1972
Robert K. Paterson
Robert K. Paterson was admitted to the Bars of New Zealand in 1969 and B.C. in 1981. Professor Paterson chaired the B.C. Task Force on International Commercial Arbitration (1986) and is co-author of International Trade and Investment Law in Canada (1994) and co-editor of UNCITRAL Model Law in Canada (1989). He is a panelist under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA (Trade Remedy Bi-national Review Panel).. Apart from international trade law his major interest is cultural heritage and art law. He drew attention to Aboriginal repatriation issues by organizing the first global conference on the subject (with UNESCO support) at UBC in 1994. The conference proceedings were published as a special issue of the UBC Law Review (1995). He is associate editor of the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Rapporteur of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association of which he is a Canadian board member. He is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Corporations, Securities Regulation, International Trade and Investment and Cultural Property.
Mira T. Sundara Rajan
Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law
DPhil (Oxon.) LLM (UBC), LLB (Osgoode), BA Hons (McGill/Paris)
Mira T. Sundara Rajan
Mira T. Sundara Rajan holds the Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law. She is the author of a book, Copyright and Creative Freedom, and has been appointed Series Editor for a new Oxford University Press series on Intellectual Property in Central and Eastern Europe. Her current research also includes projects on copyright harmonization in Europe, moral rights, and traditional knowledge, and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Mira joined the Faculty of Law at UBC in 2004, after five years of research and teaching in the UK. She holds a doctorate specializing in Copyright Law from Oxford University, and has been a law tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford and a Herchel Smith Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute of the University of London. Mira’s teaching experience ranges from tutoring law undergraduates in the Oxford tutorial system to training judges from developing countries in the intricacies of intellectual property rights.
She has also practised widely as a consultant and advisor on intellectual property matters, working with law firms, universities, governments, and international organizations such as the Council of Europe and the European Patent Office.
At UBC, Mira has undertaken an exciting new initiative: the development of an Intellectual Property Law Programme that will help to promote study and research in this field. The Programme currently features a Seminar Series bringing distinguished visitors to the School, the opportunity for LLB students to participate in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot competition (generously supported by Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP), a student IP Club, a fledgling clinical programme, and an IP blog. The ultimate goal of the Programme is to grow into a truly interdisciplinary Institute for Intellectual Property Studies, bringing together researchers and students from all over UBC and throughout the world to discuss and debate current issues in this controversial field.
B.A. (Hons.) (Toronto) 1969; LL.B. (Osgoode) 1972; LL.M. (California, Berkeley) 1974
Joseph Weiler was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1973, joined the Faculty of Law in 1974 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1979 and Full Professor in 1987. Professor Weiler has long career in alternative dispute resolution during which acted as a mediator and arbitrator in over 400 disputes and was elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1984. He served as Special Advisor to the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club from 1992-5.
Professor Weiler is founding director and president of the Pacific Institute of Law and Public Policy; served as executive director of the Asia Pacific Business Institute (1985-87), chaired the Canadian Bar Association Asian Law Task Force (1986-89) and was executive director of the Nemetz Centre for Dispute Resolution from 1989-1991. From 1986-87, Professor Weiler served as Industrial Inquiry Commissioner of the Port of Vancouver Container Traffic Commission. In 1991-1992 he was Chair of the B.C. Motion Picture Industry- Government Roundtable. From 1995-200 he served on the Board of Directors of BC Film and from 1997-2003 he was on the Telus New Media and Broadcast Fund Advisory Board. From 1997-2002, he was executive director and general counsel of the BC Seafood Sector Council. He currently serves as Past Chair of the Board of the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust and sits on the District of West Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Committee. Professor Weiler has edited, co-edited and authored a variety of publications.