Malcolm Lavoie

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law

Malcolm Lavoie is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and a former Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an M.Sc. (Distinction) in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from the McGill University Faculty of Law, as well as an LL.M. from the Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2014, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. This past year, Malcolm studied at Harvard as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. His research on aboriginal land rights was awarded the 2015 Harvard Project on the Foundations of Private Law Writing Prize.

Recent Research by Malcolm Lavoie

— Sep 24, 2015
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Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon

Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon: How Certainty Affects Investor Confidence finds that the legal certainty established by modern land claim agreements in Yukon — once seen as an advantage in attracting new investment — is now being undermined by Canadian courts. Specifically, the courts have forced unforeseen obligations upon governments and third-parties, beyond the requirements already spelled out in modern treaties, thus leading to a decline in investor confidence. The study warns that Yukon’s experience could be a harbinger of uncertainty right across the country and particularly British Columbia.