Endowed Permanent Chairs
The Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History
The Honourable Nathan T. Nemetz, Q.C., formerly Chief Justice of
British Columbia, is recognized both nationally and internationally
for the remarkable contributions he has made to the legal profession,
academia and public affairs. He also has a lifelong association
with UBC, commencing with a first class B.A. in history and including
service on the UBC Board of Governors and service as Chancellor.
His friends, colleagues and members of the legal community wished
to recognize his contribution to Canada by establishing the Chair.
The Chair is designed to enrich the education of lawyers, advance
legal writing in Canada, and properly and permanently remember the
name of Nathan T. Nemetz. It was made possible through the generosity
of members of the legal profession and community and the Province
of British Columbia through the World of Opportunity Campaign. Professor
Doug Harris is the second incumbent of the Chair.
The Chair in Feminist Legal Studies
The Chair in Feminist Legal Studies is the first of its kind in
Canada. It was established in 1992 to reinforce and strengthen the
existing base of feminist legal studies in the Faculty of Law by
expanding research and teaching in the field at both the graduate
and LL.B. levels. The Chair also raises public awareness of women's
issues at UBC and in the broader community through the development
of a feminist understanding of day-to-day legal issues. It was made
possible through generous donations from the legal and wider communities
and the Province of British Columbia as part of UBC's "World
of Opportunity" Campaign. Professor Susan Boyd is the first
incumbent of the Chair.
Endowed Visiting Chairs
The Visiting Chair program brings leading legal scholars from around the world to UBC Law to participate in the intellectual life of the Faculty and to contribute to our program of legal education. The program is comprised of two endowed visiting chairs, the Walter S. Owen and the Douglas McK. Brown Chairs in Law. Calls for expressions of interest are posted at Available Faculty Positions as opportunities arise.
The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law
The Walter S. Owen Chair in Law, the first endowed Chair at the
Faculty of Law, was established in honour of the Honourable Walter
S. Owen, O.C., Q.C., LL.D., K. St. J., one of Vancouvers most
prominent lawyers, business people and philanthropists. Among his
many services to the legal profession and the public, he was President
of the Canadian Bar Association (1958-59), Treasurer of the Law
Society of British Columbia (1964-65), and Lieutenant Governor of
British Columbia (1973-78). He died in 1980, and the campaign to
fund the Walter S. Owen Chair, which was already underway at that
time, culminated in the formal establishment of the Chair in 1982.
Chair incumbents participate in the scholarly life of the Faculty,
and give a public lecture as an expression of the Facultys
wish to commemorate Mr. Owen, and to thank those whose contributions
enabled the Chair to be endowed. The Walter S. Owen Chair has been
occupied by distinguished and internationally recognized scholars
and jurists, including, Professor Jacob S. Ziegel, University of Toronto; The Hon.
N.T. Nemetz, Q.C., former Chief Justice of British Columbia; Professor
Christine Boyle, Dalhousie University; Professor Ann Scales, University
of New Mexico; Professor Daniel Nsereko, University of Botswana;
Professor Richard Weisberg, Cardozo School of Law; Professor Robert
F.V. Heuston, Trinity College, Dublin; Professor Peter B. Carter,
Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford; Professor Michael L. Crommelin,
University of Melbourne; Professor Janet Chan, University of South
Wales; and Professor Stuart Scheingold, University of Washington. (For a complete list of annual lectures delivered by previous Walter S. Owen Visiting Chairs, please click here.)
The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law
The Douglas McK. Brown Chair in Law was established in 1986 in
honour of one of British Columbias most eminent citizens.
Douglas McK. Brown was born in Vancouver in 1912 and educated at
the University of British Columbia and in Cambridge, England. For
many years he taught as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Law Faculty,
in addition to his busy practice in the firm of Russell & DuMoulin
and his many public interests. Douglas McK. Brown died in 1982 and
soon thereafter a campaign was initiated to establish a Chair of
Law in his name. Each year a distinguished visitor is appointed.
Visitors have included Professor Alice Erh-Soon Tay, University
of Sydney; Professor Maurice Copithorne, University of British Columbia;
Professor Karl Klare, Northeastern University; Professor Denise
Reaume, University of Toronto; Professor Roderick Macdonald, McGill
University; Professor Regina Graycar, University of South Wales;
and Sir Peter North, Oxford University. (For a complete list of annual lectures delivered by previous Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Chairs, please click here.)