Douglas Harris, University of British Columbia

Law Professor Vancouver, British Columbia harris@allard.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-1991

Bio/Research

Douglas Harris joined the Faculty of Law in 2001. He writes and teaches in the areas of property law, legal history, fisheries law, and Aboriginal rights. His written work includes articles on the legal relations between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state in early British Columbia, and on ...

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Bio/Research

Douglas Harris joined the Faculty of Law in 2001. He writes and teaches in the areas of property law, legal history, fisheries law, and Aboriginal rights. His written work includes articles on the legal relations between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state in early British Columbia, and on the title registration system. He is the author of Fish, Law, and Colonialism: The Legal Capture of Salmon in British Columbia (U of T Press, 2001) and Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925 (UBC Press, 2008).

Harris is currently working on a study of the idea of property and of the role of property law in the transformations of urban centres. His particular focus is the City of Vancouver and the neighbourhoods surrounding False Creek, a site of enormous ecological, social, and economic transformation in the past 150 years.

After completing his B.A. (UBC History) and LL.B. (Toronto), Harris articled in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1994. He then returned to school to complete his LL.M. (UBC) and his PhD (York) in legal history. During his years as a university student Harris was a member of the Canada's field hockey team that competed at the Olympic Games (1988), the Pan American Games (1987, 1991, 1995), and the World Student Games (1991).


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