Matthew Lewans is a Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Called to the Saskatchewan Bar, he practiced law for several years before pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Oxford, the University of Auckland, and the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests concern the interface between administrative law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and professional responsibility. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, McGill Law Journal, Constitutional Forum, and the Alberta Law Review, and he has presented his research to local, national, and international audiences. Professor Lewans’ new book, Administrative Law and Judicial Deference (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2016), explores the normative underpinnings of the common law doctrine of judicial deference from historical, comparative, and theoretical perspectives.
In addition to his teaching and research activities, Professor Lewans is a member of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, a not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services, advice, representation, and education to low income residents in the Edmonton area.