Peter A. Allard School of Law

In today’s rapidly shrinking world where legal professionals and scholars are called upon to practice law across borders and between cultures, the Peter A. Allard School of Law recognizes the importance of providing our students with an education that helps them to look at legal issues that impact people on both sides of the Pacific. We offer a variety of programs and opportunities for both students and scholars that strengthen our ties with Asia.

The Allard School of Law has developed a range of academic partnerships with leading law schools in Asia including Tsinghua University School of Law, Peking University Law School, Hong Kong University, National University Singapore, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and Korea University.  UBC is a sought-after destination for international students.  Over fifty students visit the Allard School of Law on exchange each year.


Centre for Asian Legal Studies
The Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law offers the only integrated program in Canada, and one of the very few in the world, for the study of law in contemporary Asia.. Learn More

Visiting Scholar Program
The Centre for Asian Legal Studies also welcomes visiting scholars through a cultural exchange program in which legal professionals of all kinds – judges, academics, prosecutors and practicing lawyers – pursue research and studies for six month to a year in Vancouver. Learn more

Vancouver Summer Program in Law

Available to students from around the world, the courses will provide an introduction to the common law tradition, its methods and doctrine, and how it has developed in Canada. Students will be introduced to the foundations of Canadian law, including its structure, practice, and core values, and will be encouraged to compare the precepts of Canadian law with those found in other regions of the world, particularly in Asia. Students will emerge with a working knowledge of legal decision making in Canada and with an understanding of core International business law and practice issues, including those influencing current events. Learn more

Joint Program with University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
The Allard School of Law offers a Joint Legal Education Program with the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Students who successfully complete the program are able to pursue the professional qualifications required to practice law in both Hong Kong and Canada. Learn More

Masters in Asian Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS)
Students have the opportunity to concurrently pursue their JD degree along with a Masters in Asia Pacific Policy Studies through the Institute of Asian Research. Learn More

Academic and Research Projects

Training in Common Law and Canadian Law for Foreign Trained Lawyers
The UBC LL.M. Common Law program is a year-long course-based professional master’s program that provides foundation training in the common law and Canadian law for foreign–trained lawyers or Canadian lawyers without training in common law. Learn More

Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Project

In 2009, Allard School of Law Professor Pitman Potter (who is also the Hong Kong Bank Chair in Asian Research), was the recipient of a $2.5 million Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This research project is designed to enable Canadian policymakers to address the needs of coordinated trade and human rights compliance through domestic economic and social regulation. Learn More

A Series of Lectures on Public Health Law and Policy in Asia
In September 2012, Allard School of Law Professor Pitman Potter’s Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) project began facilitating a series of monthly lectures on “Public Health Law and Policy in Asia.” The eight lectures in the series will be delivered by leading specialists on health law and policy in Asia. Learn More

How to Get Involved

The Allard School of Law works directly with the recruitment office at the APRO by providing students in Asian countries with more information on the Allard School of Law degree programs. Please contact Senior Student Advisor, Sven Clarke to learn about upcoming information sessions in Asia.

Asia Alumni Network
The Allard School of Law has a strong network of alumni living and working in Asia. To join our network please contact

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UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office
Room 1207, 12/F., FWD Financial Centre, 308 Des Voeux Road Central,
Hong Kong, China
Tel: 852-2111-4400
Fax: 852-2111-9532

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