Professor of Law
HSBC Chair in Asian Research
University of British Columbia
BA (1978) Chinese Studies (History), George Washington University.
MA (1980), Political Science, University of Washington.
JD (1985), Law, University of Washington.
Ph.D. (1986, with distinction) Political Science, University of Washington.
MDiv. (2008) Vancouver School of Theology
Office Location: Allard Hall, room 361
Dr. Pitman B. Potter is Professor of Law at UBC Law Faculty and HSBC Chair in Asian Research at UBC's Institute of Asian Research. His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, property law, contracts, business regulation, and human rights. Dr. Potter has published several books, including most recently The Legal System of the People's Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) and Law Policy and Practice on China's Periphery: Selective Adaptation and Institutional Capacity (London: Routledge, 2011). He has also published over 100 articles and essays.
In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Potter is admitted to the practice of law in British Columbia, Washington, and California (inactive), and serves as a consultant to the Canadian national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Dr. Potter is engaged in international trade arbitration work involving China and is on the panel of arbitrators for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission as well as several regional arbitral bodies. He has served on the Board of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Senior Fellow. He recently chaired the APFC Taskforce Report, "Advancing Canada's Engagement with Asia on Human Rights: Integrating Business and Human Rights" (2013). Dr. Potter is ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada.
- Chinese Law and Politics
- International Law
- Human Rights
- Comparative Law
- Law and Society
- Chinese Law
- Trade and Investment in the PRC
- Perspectives and Methods in Asia Pacific Policy Studies
- Governance and Human Rights in Asia
- Pitman B. Potter, Treaty Performance in China: Norms and Operations on Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014, forthcoming).
- Pitman B. Potter, The Legal System of the People's Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013, forthcoming).
- Pitman B. Potter, Law Policy and Practice on China's Periphery: Selective Adaptation and Institutional Capacity (London: Routledge, 2011).
- Pitman B. Potter (with Thomas Adams), ed., Issues in Canada China Relations (Toronto: Canadian International Council, 2011).
- Pitman B. Potter and Ljiljana Biukovic, ed., Globalization and Adaptation in International Trade Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011).
- Pitman B. Potter, ""International and Domestic Selective Adaptation: The Case of Charter 08," in John Gillespie and Pip Nicholson, ed., Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 56-81.
- Pitman B. Potter and Sophia Woodman, "Boundaries of Tolerance: Charter 08 and Debates over Political Reform," in Jean-Philippe Beja, Fu Hualing, an dEva Pils, ed., Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012), pp. 97-117.
- Pitman B. Potter, "4 June and Charter 08: Approaches to Remonstrance," China Information Volume 25 Issue 2 (July 2011), pp. 121 – 138.
- Pitman B. Potter, "Comment: People's Republic of China Provisional Regulations on Art Import and Export Administration," in International Journal of Cultural Property (2011) No. 18, pp. 1-7.
- Pitman B. Potter, "Dilemmas of Access to Health Care in China," China: An International Journal Vol. 8 no. 1 (March 2010), pp. 164-179.
- Pitman B. Potter, "Coordinating Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility," in Hong Kong University Law Journal (2009), pp. 675-698. Reprinted in Tsinghua Faxue (Tsinghua Law Journal, 2011 no. 1 (Jan. 15, 2011), pp. 43-55 (in Chinese). Reprinted as Pitman B. Potter, "Coordinating Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility," in Wesley Cragg, ed., Business and Human Rights (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012).
Publications listed on the UBC Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database