Katie Sykes

Associate Professor

BA (Queen’s), JD (Toronto), LLM (Harvard), LLM (Dalhousie), PhD Candidate (Dalhousie)

Professor Sykes’s research interests include international trade law, animal law and the future of the legal profession.

Professor Sykes obtained a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2002, graduating as the gold medallist. She was a law clerk to Hon. Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002-2003, and then attended Harvard Law School as a Frank Knox Scholar, graduating with an LL.M. in 2004. She also holds an LL.M. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie, where she is currently a candidate in the Ph.D. programme. Her PhD research focuses on the relationship between international trade law and global animal law. From 2004 to 2010, she was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a leading international law firm.

Professor Sykes is co-editor with Peter Sankoff and Vaughan Black of Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Irwin Law, 2015), the first book-length jurisprudential work to engage in a sustained analysis of Canadian law concerning the treatment of animals at the hands of human beings. She has published or has publications forthcoming in the McGill Law Journal, the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Dalhousie Law Journal, Animal Law Review, World Trade Review, the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, the George Washington International Law Review, and the European Journal of International Law, among other journals. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Animal Justice Canada and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law.

Professor Sykes teaches Property Law in the first year curriculum, and International Trade Law and Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century in the upper year curriculum.

  1. Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law, co-edited with Vaughan Black and Peter Sankoff (Irwin Law, 2015)
  2. Author of Chapter 2 (“Rethinking the Application of Canadian Criminal Law to Factory Farming”); co-author with Joanna Langille and Robert Howse of Chapter 9 (“Whales and Seals and Bears, Oh My! The Evolution of Global Animal Law and Canada’s Ambiguous Stance”)
  3. “The Appeal to Science and the Formation of Global Animal Law,” forthcoming in European Journal of International Law (available on SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2632812)
  4. “Pluralism in Practice: Moral Legislation and the Law of the WTO After Seal Products,” forthcoming in George Washington International Law Review (2015) (co-authored with Robert Howse and Joanna Langille
  5. “What Constitutes Legitimate Policy Space for Food Security?” Chapter in Crises and Resilience in International Economic Law: Global Governance and Policy Spaces (Daniel Drache and Les Jacobs, eds), forthcoming
  6. "Hunger Games Without Frontiers: Disasters, Famine and State Obligations to Migrants" in David Caron, Michael J. Kelly & Anastasia Telestsky, eds, The International Law of Disaster Relief (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  7. “Sealing Animal Welfare into the GATT Exceptions: The International Dimension of Animal Welfare in WTO Disputes,” (2013) 13 World Trade Review 471
  8. “Changing Environments: Tracking the Scientific, Socio-political, Legal, and Ethical Currents of the Grey Seal – Cod Debate in Atlantic Canada,” (2013) 16:4 Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 266 (co-authored with Tsafrir Gazit and Damian Lidgard).
  9. “Don’t Think About Elephants: Reece v City of Edmonton”, Case Comment (2012) 63 UNBLJ 145 (co-authored with Vaughan Black)
  10. “‘And the People of the Province’: EGSPA’s Social Deficit” (2012) 35 Dal LJ (co-authored with Susan Tirone and Karen Gallant)
  11. “Nations Like Unto Yourselves: An Inquiry Into the Status of a General Principle of International Law Concerning International Welfare” (2011) 49 CYIL 3
  12. “Human Drama, Animal Trials: What the Medieval Animal Trials Can Teach Us About Justice for Animals” (2011) 17 Animal L 273
  13. “Bambi Meets Godzilla: Children's and Parents' Rights in Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law v. Canada” (2006) 51:1 McGill LJ 131
  14. “Towards a Public Justification of Copyright” (2003) 61 UT Fac L Rev 1
  15. “Patents and the Public Interest: The Cipro Controversy” (2002) 60 UT Fac L Rev 115
  1. “Polaris Over Turbulent Waters? The Role and Limits of Science in Navigating International Whaling and Sealing Conflicts” at MARE (Centre for Maritime Research) People and the Sea Conference VIII: Geopolitics of the Oceans, Amsterdam, June 24-26 2015.
  2. Tracking and Management of Grey Seals in Canada at Australia Caanda Ocean Research Action Network workshop on Marine Species at Risk: Canadian and Australian Responses, Hobart, Feburary 16-17 2015.
  3. “Owning Ourselves:  Identity, Property, and Moral Rights” at a symposium entitled “Who Are We: The Search for Identity in Law” at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.
  4. "Peace in our time? Food security, policy space and domestic trade remedies in the global south" at Grey Zones of Global Governance and Trade: Anti-Dumping, Subsidies, Human Rights and Policy Spaces, York University, February 6-7, 2014.
  5. "Interdisciplinary Dialogue in the Formation of International Legal Norms: How the "Animal Turn' in Science and Ethics is Shaping International Law" at The 'Animal Turn' and the Law: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions in Animal Law (First Annual European Animal Law Conference), University of Basel (Switzerland), April 4-5 2014.
  6. Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 15, 2013: "Food Rights and Wrongs"
  7. Sustainable Oceans Conference Dalhousie University, April 12-13, 2013: “The Debate Over Grey Seals and Atlantic Cod,” with Tsafrir Gazit and Damian Lidgard
  8. Fourth International “Fostering A Scholarly Network” Four Societies Conference, Berkeley, California, September 27-29, 2012: “Hunger Games Without Frontiers: The Right to Food and State Obligations to Migrants”
  9. Canadian Council on International Law Annual ConferenceOttawa, Ontario, November 4, 2011: “‘Nations Like Unto Yourselves’: Animal Protection, Cultural Diversity and International Law”
  10. Thinking About Animals Conference Brock University, Saint Catharines, Ontario, March 31, 2011: “Medieval Animal Trials and the Trouble with Animal Rights”
Katie Sykes

OM 4745

  • Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century
    (LAWF 3780-04)
  • International Trade Law
    (LAWF 3450)
  • Property Law
    (LAWF 3050)