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Jamie Baxter

Assistant Professor


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Schulich School of Law

Email: jamie.baxter@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7113
Mailing Address: 
Room 326, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Property law
  • Land use
  • Law and society
  • Law, economics and political economy
  • Access to justice


  • B.ArtsSc, MA (McMaster)
  • JD (Toronto)
  • LLM (Yale)
  • JSD (candidate, Yale)

Bar admissions

  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario), 2011


Before studying law, Jamie completed his graduate studies in economics, focusing on rural and community development, and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky. After law school, he articled with a solo practice in Toronto specializing in cases of state and institutional misconduct, civil rights and Indigenous rights, and taught part-time in the Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. Jamie then clerked at the Federal Court of Canada before returning to graduate studies in law.

Research Interests

Jamie’s primary research concerns institutional choice, cooperation and conflict in property transitions and land regulation. His work currently centres on these movements in comparative urban-rural contexts, in Indigenous communities in Canada, and transnationally. He also writes on topics in access to justice, the legal profession, and civil and administrative justice reform.


  • Property in its Historical Context (LAWS 1005)
  • Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility (LAWS 2099)

Selected awards & honours

  • 2013 - 2014: Schulich Fellow (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie)
  • 2013 - 2014: SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
  • 2008: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Research Fellow (University of Toronto)
  • 2006: Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky)

Selected publications

  • “Storytelling, Social Movements, and the ‘Evolution’ of Indigenous Land Tenure” (2015) 18 Australian Indigenous Law Review (forthcoming)
  • “No Lawyer for a Hundred Miles? Mapping the New Geography of Access to Justice in Canada” (2015) 51.2 Osgoode Hall Law Journal (with Albert Yoon, forthcoming)
  • “From Integrity Agencies to Accountability Network: The Political Economy of Public Sector Oversight in Canada” (2015) 46.2 Ottawa Law Review (forthcoming)
  • “Property, Information and Institutional Design” (2013) 8 Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development
  • "Legal Institutions of Farmland Succession: Implications for Sustainable Food Systems" (2013) 65 Maine Law Review 382.
  • "Ontario's Administrative Tribunal Clusters: A Class Half-Full or Half-Empty for Administrative Justice?" (2012) 12 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 157 (with Lorne Sossin).
  • "The Ontario Civil Legal Needs Project: A Comparative Analysis of the 2009 Survey Data" in Michael Trebilcock, Tony Duggan & Lorne Sossin, eds, Middle Income Access to Justice (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012) (with Michael Trebilcock & Albert Yoon).
  • "'Formalizing' Land Tenure in First Nations: Evaluating the Case for Reserve Tenure Reform" (2009) 7.2 Indigenous Law Journal 45 (with Michael Trebilcock).
  • "Examining the Consequences and Character of Heir Property" (2009) 68 Ecological Economics 2344 (with B. James Deaton & Carolyn S. Bratt).

Service & activity

  • Member, Law Commission of Ontario Community Council