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Sean Robertson, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Native Studies

About Me


Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, British Columbia                 
DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY - Human Geography (Awarded: 2011)

University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC                 
Juris Doctor - Law

UBC, unclassified graduate studies: social sciences                                   


1991-1994, 1989-1990
BACHELOR OF ARTS - Art History, First-class

Additional qualifications

2011-2012 UBC                                                                                                                    
VISITING scholar - Law (officially from 01-08/2012)

06-07/2008 Université du Québec à Montréal - École de langues                                
CERTIFICATE - French: advanced intermediate                                      

2006-2007 SFU                                                                                                                          
Certificate - University Teaching and Learning                   

09/2004 Law Society of British Columbia                                                                       
Called to the Bar as a Barrister & Solicitor


Publications: 2005 - PRESENT

a) Peer-reviewed contributions 

1) ROBERTSON, S. (2015a). Natives making space: The Softwood Lumber dispute and the legal geographies of Indigenous property rights. Geoforum, 61, 138-147. 

2) ROBERTSON, S. (2014). Extinction is the dream of modern powers: bearing witness to the return to life of the Sinixt peoples? Antipode, 46(3), 773-794. 

3) ROBERTSON, S. (2013). Imageability and form in the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec: The Baroque as a more-than-representational technique toward the paradoxical particularity of experience in space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31, 1091-1108.

4) ROBERTSON, S. (2012). Exception to excess: tactical use of the law by outgroups in bias crime legislation. Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Association, 37(2), 456-474.

5) BLOMLEY, N. and ROBERTSON, S. (2006). Introduction. The ‘Place’ of Justice (Halifax: Fernwood): 7-22. 

6) ROBERTSON, S. (2005a). Re-imagining economic alterity: a feminist critique of the juridical expansion of bio-property in the Monsanto decision at the Supreme Court of Canada. University of Ottawa Law and Technology Journal, 2(2), 227-253.

7) ROBERTSON, S. (2004). No Lego, yes logo: Kirkbi AG and Lego Canada Inc. v. Ritvik Holdings Inc. at the Federal Court of Appeal. Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, 3(3), 141-147.

ii) Peer-edited contributions

8) ROBERTSON, S. (2005b). Spaces of exception in Canadian hate crimes legislation: accounting for the effects of sexuality-based aggravation in R. v. Cran. Criminal Law Quarterly, 50(4), 482-507.

iii) Non-refereed contributions

9) ROBERTSON, S. (2015b). Appropriation (?) of the month: Kent Monkman – re-messaging the landscape genre with Indigenous sovereignty. IPinCH: Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, Ethics,  

10) ROBERTSON, S. (2009). Aaron’s law: Space matters in hate crimes sentencing. Xtra!West (November), 13-14 [Newspaper article].

11) ROBERTSON, S. (2008). Property in Question: Value Transformation in the Global Economy by Katherine Verdery and Caroline Humphrey (eds.). Progress in Human Geography, 32(1), 169-171 [Book review].

12) ROBERTSON, S. (2007). Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out by J. Sutherland. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 22(1), 154-157 [Book Review]. 

13) ROBERTSON, S. (2006). Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Antipode, 37(5), 188-191 [Book review].


Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues (BA in NS)

Social Geography (BA in Geography)

Contemporary Perspective in Native Studies (BA in Native Studies (NS))

Repatriation, Intellectual Property and Beyond: The Law and Politics of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (BA in NS)

Oral Traditions/Indigenous Knowledge (BA in NS)

Aboriginal Legal Issues (BA in NS)

Political Geography (BA in Geography)

The Indigenous Politics of Cultural Law (MA in NS) Graduate reading course