Professor Linda C. Reif, University of Windsor (LLB), University of Cambridge (LLM), has been a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta since 1987. Professor Reif has published extensively on national human rights institutions, ombuds institutions, children’s rights institutions, international human rights law and international business and trade. Her work appears in Canadian, US, European and Asia-Pacific publications, including her book, The Ombudsman, Good Governance and the International Human Rights System (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff), second edition in 2019, co-authorship of International Law: Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada (Emond Montgomery, 9th edition in press), and numerous book chapters and law review articles, including in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and Human Rights Law Review.
Professor Reif has provided editing, consulting and academic services to organizations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. She served as her Faculty’s Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in 1998-1999 and 2009-2011.
Articles and Book Chapters
A survey of the foundational principles, structure and institutions of public international law, including the nature of the international legal system, the sources of international law, and the relevance of international law to the Canadian legal system. The role of international organizations, such as the United Nations, will also be discussed.Winter Term 2021
This seminar course focuses on the international legal protection of human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights). It may also consider the rights of women, children's rights, regional human rights systems, Canadian implementation of international human rights obligations, national human rights institutions, transitional justice issues, and the interface with international humanitarian law.Winter Term 2021
This is a survey course on the international and domestic law governing the transactional aspects of international trade/investment activities of Canadian and foreign business entities. Topics covered include contract types and drafting, international sale of goods, financing of transactions, dispute settlement by international commercial arbitration, export/import laws, human rights and MNCs, anti-bribery laws, and international investment law.Fall Term 2020