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Jennifer Llewellyn

Professor of Law; Viscount Bennett Professor of Law


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Schulich School of Law

Email: jennifer.llewellyn@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1013
Mailing Address: 
Room 316, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Restorative justice
  • Human rights
  • International criminal law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Constitutional law
  • Application of a restorative approach in social and political institutions
  • Restorative approach to education
  • Public international law
  • International human rights law
  • Truth commissions and transitional justice
  • Indian Residential Schools
  • Relational theory


  • BA (McMaster)
  • MA (Queen’s)
  • LLB (Toronto)
  • LLM (Harvard)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 2003


Jennifer Llewellyn is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in both transitional contexts and established democracies. Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA), a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice, with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program.

Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally. For example, she has been an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is currently facilitating the design process for a restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.

She has also worked extensively in the field internationally, including with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Jamaican government, the government of New Zealand and the United Nations. She recently co-edited two books in the area: Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (UBC Press, 2011) and Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Areas of supervision: Public Law, Constitutional Law, Restorative Justice, Human Rights, Legal Theory, Relational Theory.    

Research interests

Professor Llewellyn's research interests include: Restorative Justice, Legal Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, Relational Theory, Constitutional Law, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Truth Commissions and Transitional Justice, Indian Residential Schools.

Selected awards & honours

  • 2013: Fetzer Institute Research Project, Restorative Governance
  • 2008-09: Dalhousie Law Alumni Teaching Award
  • 2000-01: Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, Harvard University

Selected publications

  • “A Restorative Approach to Learning: Relational Theory as Feminist Pedagogy in Universities,” forthcoming in T. Penny Light, J. Nicholas & R. Bondy, eds. Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015) (with K. Llewellyn) 
  • Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (co-ed. D. Philpott) (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • “Imagining Success for a Restorative Approach to Justice” (2013) 36: 2 Dalhousie Law Journal (with B. Archibald, D. Crocker and D. Clairmont).
  • “Integrating Peace, Justice and Development in a Relational Approach to Peacebuilding” (2012) 6:3 Ethics and Social Welfare 290-302.
  • Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory & Health Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011) (co-editor with J. Downie).
  • “Doing Justice: New Directions in Restorative Justice” in R. Murphy ed. Doing Justice: Dispute Resolution in the Courts and Beyond (Ottawa: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2007).
  • “A Healthy Conception of Rights?: Thinking Relationally About Rights in a Health Care Context” in J. Downie & E. Gibson eds., Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2007).
  • “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Restorative Justice in Response to Abuse and Violence” in G. Johnstone & D. Van Ness, eds., Handbook of Restorative Justice (Devon, U.K.: Willan Publishing, 2007).
  • “Restorative Justice in Transitions and Beyond: The Justice Potential of Truth Telling Mechanisms for Post-Peace Accord Societies” T. Borer, ed. Telling The Truths: Truth Telling and Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies (Notre Dame Press, 2006) pp.83-114. 
  • “The Challenges of Institutionalizing Comprehensive Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice in Nova Scotia” (2006) 29 Dalhousie Law Journal 297-343 (with B. Archibald).
  • “A Primer on Human Rights Law” in J. Downie, K. McEwen & W. MacInnis, eds., Dental Law in Canada (Markham, Ontario: Butterworths, 2004) 91-111.
  • “Restorative Justice in Borde and Hamilton – A Systemic Problem?” (2003) 8 Criminal Reports (6th) 308.
  • “Dealing with the Legacy of Native Residential School Abuse: Litigation, ADR, and Restorative Justice” (2002) 52 University of Toronto Law Journal 253-300.
  • “Institutions for Restorative Justice: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission” (with R. Howse) (1999) 49 University of Toronto Law Journal 355-388.
  • Restorative Justice – A Conceptual Framework (with R. Howse) (Ottawa: Law Commission of Canada, 1998) 1-107.

Service & activity

  • 2014-ongoing: Expert consultant, Government of Nova Scotia Design Process for Restorative Public Inquiry into Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children
  • 2014: Advisor, New Zealand Ministry of Social Development, Office of the Chief Social Worker on Family Group Conference Renewal Project
  • 2010-13: Co-Director, Project on Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, Joan B Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • 2012-14: Co-Creator/Advisor, of Healing Approach to Senior Abuse Provincial Project 
  • 2012-ongoing: Co-Creator/Advisor, Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project
  • 2001-ongoing: Academic and Policy Advisor, Nova Scotia Provincial Restorative Justice Program Management Committee
  • 2004-05: Member, Assembly of First Nations’ Expert Task Group on Canada’s Dispute Resolution Plan to Compensate for Abuses in Indian Residential Schools
  • 2002: Member, Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict, Joan B Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Selected university service

  • 2010-ongoing: Advisory Committee RJ@Dal Project, Dalhousie University
  • 2002-04: Co-chair, Senate Discipline Committee, Dalhousie University 
  • 2001-02: Member, Senate Discipline Committee, Dalhousie University