Chairs and Professorships

Linda C. Reif, LL.B. (Windsor), LL.M. (Cambridge)

CN Professor of International Trade

Professor Linda C. Reif was first appointed CN Professor of International Trade in 2007. The CN Professorship in International Trade is awarded to an academic with expertise in the area of International Trade Law. Professor Reif teaches International Trade Law, International Business Transactions, International Human Rights Law and Public International Law. She has also taught Comparative and EU Law in Spain, Conflict of Laws and International Environmental Law. She is a faculty supervisor for masters and doctoral students working on international trade, investment and business law topics.

Professor Reif was a University of Alberta McCalla Research Professor in 2002-2003. She has served as the Faculty’s Director of Graduate Studies and Research (1997-1998), Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) (1998-1999) and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) (2009-2011). Prior to joining the Faculty, she taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario (1986-1987) and worked for Bank of America, London, UK (1985-1986).

Professor Reif has published numerous book chapters, law review articles and other publications on international trade, investment and business law since 1988 with publishers in Canada, US, UK and the Asia-Pacific region. Her topics include Canada’s international investment agreements with Latin American and Caribbean nations; international conciliation/mediation of international trade, investment and business disputes; FTA dispute settlement; political risk insurance; and international investment law issues connected with the softwood lumber dispute. In 2017, she will publish an article on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by national human rights ombudsman institutions (NHRIs) in the Human Rights Law Review. She has been an invited speaker on international trade, investment and business law topics at conferences and workshops in Canada, USA, Netherlands and Japan. She has provided consulting and advisory services on related matters for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada/Department of Justice, Alberta International and Intergovernmental Affairs, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.