Professor Perrin Returning to UBC from Prime Minister's Office

A Place of Mind

Perrin spent the past year serving as special advisor and legal counsel to the Prime Minister

Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin is returning to the UBC Faculty of Law from a one-year leave of absence in Ottawa where he served as special advisor and legal counsel to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In this role, he was the Prime Minister's 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.

"It was a tremendous honour and remarkable opportunity to serve the Prime Minister," said Professor Perrin. "I am excited to be returning to UBC Law where I can continue my teaching, research, and advocacy related to criminal justice issues with a new perspective."

During Professor Perrin's time in Ottawa, the Government of Canada announced a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, the RCMP Accountability Act, a reference to the Supreme Court of Canada on Senate reform, numerous initiatives related to the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan, and the next phase of its Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, including a Victims' Bill of Rights and enhanced measures to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Last year, Professor Perrin was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and Law Society of British Columbia, and is internationally recognized for his research and advocacy related to victims of crime.

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