Barbara Billingsley, BA, LLB, LLM (Alberta)

Dean, Faculty of Law


Dean, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-5590
487 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Barbara Billingsley became dean of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and Wilbur Fee Bowker Professor of Law on July 1, 2020. She is the Faculty of Law's 13th dean and the first woman to be appointed to the position in the Faculty's history. She is a proud alumna of UAlberta, who earned her LLB and LLM here in 1990 and 1995, respectively, and her BA in political science in 1987. Before joining the Faculty, Dean Billingsley practised civil litigation in Edmonton, primarily in the area of insurance defence. She has been a full-time faculty member since 2001, after joining as a sessional in 1996. Her areas of research and teaching include insurance law, civil litigation processes and constitutional law issues pertaining to private law matters. In addition to numerous law review articles on these and other topics, she is the author of General Principles of Canadian Insurance Law (3rd ed., LexisNexis, 2020), a co-editor of The Civil Litigation Process: Cases & Materials (8th ed., Emond Montgomery, 2016), and a contributing author of Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Thomson Canada Limited, 2008). She is currently a member of the Law Society of Alberta. She is a recipient of the Canadian Bar Association/Law Society of Alberta Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the University of Alberta's Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Faculty of Law's Honourable Tevie Miller Teaching.Excellence Award.


  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation Process & Access to Justice
  • Class Actions
  • Charter Of Rights & Freedoms
  • Other

Recent Publications

  • The Civil Litigation Process: Cases and Materials, 8th ed. (co-edited with Janet Walker, gen. ed. et al.) (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016).
  • General Principles of Canadian Insurance Law, 3rd Edition, (Markham, Ontario: LexisNexis Canada, 2020).
  • *(with Justice June Joss)“Reflections on Justice Jean E.L. Côté’s Contributions to the Law of Civil Procedure”, (2019) 56: 4 Alta Law Rev 1-11.
  • *“Reasonable & Expected? The Evolution of the Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations as a Principle of Insurance Contract Interpretation in Supreme Court Jurisprudence”, Supreme Court Law Rev (2019) 89 S.C.L.R. (2d) 253-281.
  • “Subrogation, Bankruptcy and the Name Game: The Ontario Court of Appeal’s Decision in Douglas v. Stan Fergusson Fuels Ltd.”, (July, 2018) 36:4 Can. J. Ins. L. 45-53.
  • *“All I Really Needed to Know About Federalism, I Learned from Insurance Law”, (Fall, 2017), 22:2 Rev of Constitutional Studies 143-170.
  • *“Hryniak v. Mauldin Comes to Alberta: Summary Judgment, Culture Shift & the Future of Civil Trials”, (Fall, 2017) 55:1 Alta Law Rev 1-42.
  • “Collateral Lies and the Forfeiture of Indemnity: Is the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in Versloot Dredging BV v. HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG a Harbinger of Change for Canadian Insurance Law?” (January, 2017) 35:1 Can. J. Ins. L. 83-91.
  • *(with M. Ahmed),“Evolution, Revolution & Culture Shift: A Critical Analysis of Compulsory ADR in England and Canada" (2016) 45(2-3) Common Law World Rev. 186-213.


LAW 519 - Insurance Law

General principles affecting insurance contracts including good faith, indemnity, subrogation, and insurable interest; particular problems arising out of the Alberta Insurance Act in relation to automobile, life and fire insurance.

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