Annalise Acorn, BA, LLB (Alberta), BCL (Oxford)

Professor, Faculty of Law


Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-7268
465 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Annalise Acorn teaches Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility and Private International Law. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 2009 she was an H.L.A. Hart Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Legal Philosophy, University College, Oxford. She is the author of Compulsory Compassion: A Critique of Restorative Justice (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004). She has been a Visiting Professor at University of Michigan Law School, University of Siena Department of Economic Law, and University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. She is a frequent visitor at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany.

Professor Acorn's main area of research is the philosophy of emotions in the context of conflict and justice. In September of 2016 she gave the keynote address at a conference in Sydney Australia on Emotions and Legal Practice co-sponsored by Sydney Ideas and The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence on the History of the Emotions.

The podcast of that address is available here.


  • Legal Theory
  • Restorative Justice
  • Philospohy of Criminal Law Conflict of Laws


LAW 456 - Professionalism and Ethics

An examination of the organization of the legal profession in Canada and the professional conduct of lawyers as determined by law, ethical codes of conduct and service to the public interest. The course will address civility in communication and conduct, common ethical issues in practice, the fiduciary nature of the lawyer's work, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, lawyer professionalism, and the lawyer's role in the administration of justice including access to the legal system. This will include learning about forms of discrimination and bias recognized in Canadian human rights legislation as they are manifest racism, sexism and bias in the Canadian justice system and the legal profession with attention to racism and sexism.

LAW 486 - Jurisprudence

An examination of law from a theoretical rather than a doctrinal perspective. Every year, the course will consist of a number of seminar offerings whose focus will be on a broader theoretical examination of law, legal processes, and institutions. Each of these courses will allow a critical examination of law from a variety of perspectives such as; legal theory, literature, politics, economics, social and cultural development, and religion.

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