Ideas that make a difference

All academics have one wish – 
that their research be relevant.
Professor William Lahey

We mix imagination with innovation to push legal research in bold new directions and to make significant contributions to legal knowledge. 

From human rights and health to environmental and tax law, our lively research community plays host to lectures, workshops and conferences that enhance intellectual discourse and legal debate on campus, across Canada and around the world. 

Reflecting a commitment to both interdisciplinary study and to creating connections between academia and the world of legal practice, our research institutes and programs are incubators for new approaches to how law can best address complex problems in a fast-changing world. 

Our diverse range of specialized research centres and programs provide valuable research opportunities and the chance to work directly with faculty members on projects at the core of their scholarly ambitions. Collaborating closely, our faculty and students publish papers and books that shift the theoretical and applied terrain within the legal profession and beyond.

Fostering research-related partnerships

Our graduate students and expert faculty collaborate closely with a wide range of public and private sector external organizations. For example, many faculty are regularly asked to provide expert witness testimony, regulatory advisory consulting and commissioned reports

Our Marine & Environmental Law Institute advises the UN, a range of international NGOs and all levels of public and private sector both inside and outside of Canada. Similarly, our Health Law Institute offers wide-ranging consulting and advisory services, and runs large research-related external partnerships. 


Restoring justice. Restoring relationships.

One recent external collaboration saw Professor Jennifer Llewellyn take on the leadership of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance – a collaborative, multi-partner, and interdisciplinary research initiative. Learn more about Professor Llewellyn's involvement in the 2016 International Restorative Conference.