Joel Bakan

Law professor, Author

1959 –

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Who is Joel Bakan?

Joel Conrad Bakan is a Canadian writer, jazz musician, filmmaker, and professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.

Born in Lansing, Michigan and raised for most of his childhood in East Lansing, Michigan where his parents, Paul and Rita Bakan, were both long-time professors in psychology at Michigan State University. In 1971, he moved with his parents to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was educated at Simon Fraser University, University of Oxford, Dalhousie University and Harvard University.

He served as a law clerk to Brian Dickson in 1985. During his tenure as clerk, Chief Justice Dickson authored the judgment R. v. Oakes, among others. Bakan then pursued a Masters degree at Harvard Law School. After graduation, he returned to Canada, where he has taught law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. He joined the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in 1990 as an Associate Professor. Professor Bakan teaches Constitutional Law, Contracts, socio-legal courses and the graduate seminar. He has won the Faculty of Law's Teaching Excellence Award twice and a UBC Killam Research Prize.

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Born
1959
Lansing
Also known as
  • Joel Conrad Bakan
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Judaism
Nationality
  • Canada
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Harvard Law School
  • Schulich School of Law
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Oxford
Employment
  • University of British Columbia
  • York University
Lived in
  • Vancouver

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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