Linda C Reif, LLB (Windsor), LLM (Cambridge)

Associate Dean / CN Professor of International Trade, Faculty of Law
Associate Dean, Faculty of Law - Admin


Associate Dean / CN Professor of International Trade, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-2800
417 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Associate Dean, Faculty of Law - Admin



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.

  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade & Investment Law

Recent Publications


  • P.M. Saunders, R.J. Currie, J. Brunnée, T. McDorman, F. Megret, I. Mgbeoji, K. Mickelson, L.C. Reif, G. van Ert & C. Waters, Kindred’s International Law: Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada 9th ed. (Toronto: Emond, in press 2019)
  • L.C. Reif, The Ombudsman, Good Governance and the International Human Rights System (Boston and Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004, second edition in progress)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • L.C. Reif, “Ukraine’s Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights: Strengthening Human Rights Promotion and Protection?” (2018) 31 Harvard Human Rights Journal 113-157
  • L.C. Reif, “Ombuds Institutions: Strengthening Gender Equality, Women’s Access to Justice and Protection and Promotion of Women’s Rights” in M.L.M. Hertogh and R. Kirkham, eds., Research Handbook on the Ombudsman (Edward Elgar, 2018) 236-257
  • L.C. Reif, “The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Networked Governance: Improving the Role of National Human Rights Ombudsman Institutions as National Remedies” (2017) 17 Human Rights Law Review 603-632
  • L.C. Reif, “Independent Children’s Rights Institutions” in M.D. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali and M. Freeman, eds., Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) 398-416
  • L.C. Reif, “The Future of Thematic Children’s Rights Institutions in a National Human Rights Institution World: The Paris Principles and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child” (2015) 37 Houston Journal of International Law 433-490
  • L.C. Reif, “Transplantation and Adaptation: The Evolution of the Human Rights Ombudsman” (2011) 31 Boston College Third World Law Journal 269-310 (now Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice)
  • L.C. Reif, “Canada and Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evolution of an International Investment Agreement Framework” (2010) XIII International Trade and Business Law Review 86-133
  • L.C. Reif, “Desperate Softwood Lumber Companies? The Canada-US Softwood Lumber Dispute and NAFTA Chapter 11” (2007) 45 Alberta Law Review 357-380
  • L.C. Reif, “The Use of Conciliation or Mediation for the Resolution of International Commercial Disputes” (2007) 45 Canadian Business Law Journal 20-47


LAW 506 - Public International Law

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
LAW 557 - International Human Rights Law

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
LAW 565 - International Business Transactions

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

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