BA, MA (UWO), LLB, LLM, PhD (UBC)
Robert’s research is focused in the areas of criminal and constitutional law, human rights, and national security. He completed a PhD in law at the University of British Columbia in 2013. Over the course of his doctorate, he held the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and was a visiting scholar at the Yale Law School.
Robert is the author of The Harbinger Theory: How the Post-9/11 Emergency Became Permanent and the Case for Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada (Fernwood, 2008). He has also published a number of articles and book chapters on counter-terror law, police powers, sentencing, and human rights.
Together with Professors Neudorf and Hunt, Robert is a founder and co-editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law.
Robert has also been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 2002, with practice experience in criminal and constitutional law, and various administrative tribunals. He currently teaches first-year criminal law and advanced criminal law in the upper year curriculum.
- The Harbinger Theory: How the Post-9/11 Emergency Became Permanent and the Case for Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015).
- Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada (Fernwood Publishing: Halifax, 2008).
- “Counter-terror Law: Canada” in Kent Roach, ed., Comparative Counter Terror Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (14,000 words)
- “Terrorism as Crime or War?” in Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel, eds., Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Criminology, 3rd edition (Fernwood Publishing: Halifax, 2015) (10,000 words)
- “Sentencing of Terrorism Offences After 9/11: A Comparative Review of Early Case Law,” in Craig Forcese and François Crépeau, eds., Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years After 9/11 (Montreal: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2011) (12,000 words)
- “Reading Khadr: Making Sense of Canada’s Reluctance To Do the Right Thing”, in Janice Williams, ed., Omar Khadr, Oh Canada (McGill-Queens University Press: Montreal, 2012) (with Alnoor Gova)
- “R. v. Khawaja and the Fraught Question of Rehabilitation in Terrorism Sentencing” (2014) 39: 2 Queens Law Journal (10,000 words)
- “Sentencing for Terrorism Offences: A Comparative Review of Emerging Jurisprudence” (2011) 15:3 Canadian Criminal Law Review (15,000 words).
- “Security for the 2010 Olympics – The Gap in Police Powers Under Canadian Law” (2010) 28 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 87-107, (7,300 words) (with Wesley Pue)
Other law publications
- “Security for the Olympics: British Columbia Needs a “Public Order Policing Act” The Advocate September 2009 (with Wesley Pue).
- Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 2010 25:2, review of ‘Canadian State Trials: Volume III – Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914’ Barry Wright and Susan Binnie, eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).
- Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 2007 22:1, review of ‘How Patriotic is the Patriot Act?’ by Amatai Etzioni (Routledge: New York, 2004).
- The Advocate, Vol. 61, 2003, review of ‘The British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook’ ed. by D. Harris et al (C.L.E.: Vancouver, 2003).
- Clarity, 45, 2000, review of ‘Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose’ by Francis-Noel Thomas and Mark Turner (Princeton UP: 2000).
- Advanced Criminal Law
- Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
- Crime: Law and Procedure