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Benjamin Perrin is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Professor Perrin is an internationally recognized researcher and advocate for victims of crime. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called him a "hero", and the Governor General of Canada and victims' groups have also recognized him for his work to combat human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Professor Perrin is the recipient of the Wilson-Prichard Award for Community and Professional Service from the University of Toronto, and the Graduate of the Last Decade award from the University of Calgary. Reader's Digest has profiled him as an "influential Canadian", and Maclean's magazine has listed him as one of Canada's "best and brightest".

Professor Perrin's book Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin, 2010) became a bestseller and was named one of the top books of the year by the Globe and Mail. He is co-editor of Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (CRC Press, 2012), and editor of Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law (UBC Press, 2012). He is also the author of numerous law review articles and book chapters, and regularly provides commentary in the media.

In 2012-2013, Professor Perrin took a leave of absence to serve as Special Advisor, Legal Affairs and Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister. In addition to acting as in-house legal counsel, he was lead policy advisor on all matters related to the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada (including the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Correctional Service of Canada, and Parole Board of Canada), and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Professor Perrin received a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Calgary in 2001, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto in 2005, and a Master of Laws (with honours) from McGill University in 2007. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2007 and the Bar in British Columbia in 2010.

Prior to joining UBC, Professor Perrin was a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, judicial intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, assistant director of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Legal Clinic (which assisted the Trial and Appeals Chambers), senior policy advisor to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and executive director of a non-governmental organization that combats human trafficking.


  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • International Criminal Law


  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Victims of Crime
  • Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation



Benjamin Perrin, ed., Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law (UBC Press, 2012).

John Winterdyk, Benjamin Perrin, and Philip Reichel, eds., Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (CRC Press, December 2011)

Benjamin Perrin, Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking (Hardcover - Toronto: Viking Canada, 2010; Paperback - Toronto: Penguin, 2011).


Benjamin Perrin, "Migrant Smuggling: Canada's Response to a Global Criminal Enterprise" (2013) 1:2 International Journal of Social Science Studies 139-153.

Benjamin Perrin, "Mind the Gap: Lacunae in the International Legal Framework Governing Private Military and Security Companies" (2012) 31(3) Criminal Justice Ethics 213-232.

Benjamin Perrin, "Private Security and Humanitarian Assistance: International Humanitarian Law Implications" in Benjamin Perrin, ed., Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012) 123-156.

Benjamin Perrin, "Trafficking in Persons & Transit Countries: A Canada-U.S. Case Study in Global Perspective", (2011) 14:2-3 Trends in Organized Crime 235-264

Benjamin Perrin, "Just Passing Through? International Legal Obligations and Policies of Transit Countries in Combating Trafficking in Persons" (2010) 7:1 European Journal of Criminology 11-27.

Benjamin Perrin, "Taking a Vacation from the Law? Extraterritorial Criminal Jurisdiction and Section 7(4.1) of the Criminal Code" (2009) 13:2 Canadian Criminal Law Review 171-206.

Benjamin Perrin, "Searching for Accountability: The Draft U.N. International Convention on the Regulation, Oversight and Monitoring of Private Military and Security Companies" (2009) 47 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 299-317.

Benjamin Perrin, "Apprehension of Indicted War Criminals: Lessons from the former Yugoslavia" in Roberta Arnold, ed., Law Enforcement within the Framework of Peace Support Operations (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2008), 139-155.

Benjamin Perrin, "Searching for Law While Seeking Justice: The Difficulties of Enforcing International Humanitarian Law in International Criminal Trials" (2008) 39 Ottawa Law Review 367-403.

Benjamin Perrin, "Promoting Compliance of Private Security & Military Companies with International Humanitarian Law" (2006) 863 International Review of the Red Cross 613-636.

Benjamin Perrin, "Challenges Facing the EU Network of Competition Authorities: Insights from a Comparative Criminal Law Perspective" (2006) 31 European Law Review 540-564.

Benjamin Perrin, "Making Sense of Complementarity: The Relationship Between the International Criminal Court and National Jurisdictions" (2006) 18 Sri Lanka Journal of International Law 301-325.

Benjamin Perrin, "Child Soldiers: Legal and Military Challenges in Confronting a Global Phenomenon" (2005) 50 McGill Law Journal 687-694 (book note re: Peter W. Singer,Children at War. (New York: Pantheon, 2005)).

Benjamin Perrin, "Terrorism, Secession & Multinational Constitutions: The Challenge of Sri Lanka" (2004) 16 Sri Lanka Journal of International Law 175-234.


Benjamin Perrin, Oldest Profession or Oldest Oppression?: Addressing Prostitution after the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Canada v. Bedford, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Commentary Series (Ottawa: MLI, January 2014).

Benjamin Perrin, Migrant Smuggling: Canada's Response to a Global Criminal Enterprise, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Commentary Series (Ottawa: MLI, October 2011).

Benjamin Perrin, "Written Submission on the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10 - The Safe Streets and Communities Act)", Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (October 13, 2011).

Benjamin Perrin, "Discussion Paper: Sexual Exploitation of Children & Adolescents (Canada)", Canada-U.S. Consultation in Preparation for the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (Washington, D.C.: October 2-3, 2008).

Benjamin Perrin, "Recommendations on Proposal for a National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking", Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (The Future Group: Ottawa, 2007).

Benjamin Perrin, "Ensuring Effective Implementation of Measures to Protect Victims and Creation of a Canadian Counter-Human Trafficking Office", Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (The Future Group: Ottawa, 2006).

Benjamin Perrin, "Falling Short of the Mark: An International Study on the Treatment of Victims of Human Trafficking" (Calgary, Alberta: The Future Group, 2006).

Benjamin Perrin et al., The Future of Southeast Asia: Challenges of Human Trafficking and Child Sex Slavery in Cambodia (Phnom Penh: The Future Group, 2001).


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