George Pavlich, PhD, MA, BA (Hons), BA

Professor and Canada Research Chair , Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Professor and Canada Research Chair , Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept

Faculty of Law



George Pavlich holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture, and Law and is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Alberta. He received his BA and BA (Hons) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), an MA from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada), and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). His research interests include the overlapping areas of social theory, socio-legal studies, restorative justice, the sociology of law, and critical criminology.

  • Sociology Of Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Socio-legal Studies & Research Methods
  • Legal Theory



  • Pavlich, George. 2018. Criminal Accusation: Political Rationales and Socio-Legal Practices, London: Routledge (226pp, index.).
  • Hird, M. and Pavlich, G., (eds) 2017. Questioning sociology: Canadian perspectives, 3rd Edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Pavlich, George and Matthew Unger (eds). 2016. Accusation: Creating Criminals. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Pavlich, G., 2011. Law and society redefined. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 256pp, index.
  • Barbour, C., and Pavlich, G., eds., 2010. After sovereignty: On the question of political beginnings. London: Routledge. 216pp, index.
  • Brannigan, A., and Pavlich, G., eds., 2007. Governance and regulation in social life: Essays in honour of W.G. Carson. London: Routledge-Cavendish. 272pp, index.
  • Pavlich, G., and Hird, M., eds., 2007. Questioning sociology: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Oxford University Press. 384pp, index.
  • Pavlich, G., 2005. Governing paradoxes of restorative justice. London: Glasshouse Press. 142pp, index. [Nominated for the Hart/SLSA Book Prize, 2006.]
  • Wickham, G., and Pavlich, G., eds., 2001. Rethinking law, society and governance: Foucault’s bequest. Oxford: Hart Publishers. 176pp, index.
  • Pavlich, G., 2000. Critique and radical discourses on crime. Aldershot: Ashgate. 191pp, index.
  • Pavlich, G., 1996. Justice fragmented: Mediating community disputes under postmodern conditions. London: Routledge. 202pp, index. [Reprinted as: Taylor and Francis, e-book, 2001.]
  • Selected Articles and Book Chapters (Recent)
  • Pavlich, G. 2018. ‘The violent rhetoric of accusation: Cicero and the Marcus Ameleus Scaurus case’ in Joshua Nichols and Amy Swiffen (Eds) Legal Violence and the Limits of Law. New York: Routledge. 30-49.
  • Pavlich, G. 2018. ‘Critical sociology and criminal accusation’, in Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander, (eds). Reading Sociology (Oxford University Press) 89-93.
  • Unger, Matthew, Jean-Philippe Crete and George Pavlich. 2018. ‘Criminal Entryways in the Writing of Cesare Beccaria’, in Ruth Triplett (ed). The Wiley Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology.
  • Pavlich G. and Lori Throlakson 2017, ‘Introduction: Recalibrating Victimhood in the European Union and Canada’ Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 5:3, 345-351.
  • Pavlich, G. 2017. ‘Restorative Justice and the Rights of the Accused’, Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 5:3, 396-407.
  • Pavlich, G. 2017. ‘Before the Law: Criminalization, Accusation and Justice’, Invited review essay, Law and Critique, 28: 345-365.
  • Pavlich, George and Matthew Unger. 2016. ‘Introduction: Framing Criminal accusation’. In George Pavlich and Matthew Unger (eds), Accusation: Creating Criminals. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp 1-21.
  • Pavlich, George. 2016. ‘Apparatuses of criminal accusation.’ in: George Pavlich and Matthew Unger (eds). Accusation: Creating Criminals. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp 21-43.
  • Pavlich, G. 2016, ‘Avowal and Criminal Accusation’, Law and Critique. 27:1, 229-245.
  • Pavlich, G. 2015. ‘Criminology and ‘criminalizable’ legal persons,’ in Lippens Ronnie and Don Crew (eds) What is Criminology About? Philosophical Reflections London: Routledge, pp 159-177.
  • Pavlich, G. 2014. ‘Administrative sociology and apartheid’, Acta Academica 46(3): 153-76.
  • Pavlich, G. 2014. Criminal Justice and Cape Law's Persons. Social and Legal Studies 23(1): 55-72.
  • Pavlich, G. 2014. Occupied Cape Judges and Colonial Knowledge of Crime, Criminals, and Punishment. Sage Open 4: 1-11.
  • Pavlich, G. 2014. "Sovereignty by acquisition at the Cape: Foucault, Hobbes and de Mist." In Ben Golder (ed), Re-reading Foucault: On law, power and rights, New York: Routledge, pp. 107-26.
  • Hardes, J., P. McLane and G. Pavlich. 2014. Personhood, legal judgment and sovereignty and the Cape, 1993-1810. In B. A. Arrigo and H. Y. Bersot. (eds), The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies. New York, Routledge, pp 612-631."