Pushing legal research in bold new directions

Our faculty are engaged in research across the full spectrum of legal scholarship. Topics, methods, audiences — you are sure to find someone to motivate, teach, and inspire you.


Our faculty and students publish papers and books that shift the theoretical and applied terrain within the legal profession and beyond.


We are home to three research institutes known nationally and internationally as centres of rigourous, engaging, and relevant research.

We are internationally recognized for excellence in marine and environmental law teaching and research, with one of the world's most extensive course offerings in marine and environmental law, with special emphasis on law of the sea. The Marine & Environmental Law Institute(MELAW) is housed in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and carries out research and consultancy activities and also directs the Marine & Environmental Law Program (MELP) academic specialization. 

Lawmakers, legal scholars and policymakers face a host of challenging and complex questions as the use of new information technologies grows in all sectors of society. Our Law & Technology Institute fosters interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate studies with the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie, and with other external institutions and IT-related professional associations.

The Health Law Institute is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together the Schulich School of Law and the Faculties of Medicine, Health and Dentistry. The institute is committed to the advancement of health law and policy and the improvement of health care practice and health systems through scholarly analysis, professional education, and public service.


Our faculty are regularly asked to provide advice to government, expert witness testimony, regulatory advisory consulting services, and commissioned reports. They are also regularly asked to sit on expert panels, advisory committees, and tribunals. Through this and related methods of knowledge mobilization, we play an active role in moving our work from the ivory tower of the academy to the streets of law and policy in practice.