Faculty Spotlight: Jeffrey B. Meyers


Dr. Meyers is a fresh face at Allard Law, having just completed his first year as a lecturer. However, he is no stranger to the UBC campus, having graduated from UBC with a B.A. in English and Political Science in 1999 before going on to complete his BCL/LLB degrees from McGill University in 2004.  In 2007, he earned an LLM from the London School of Economics, and completed his PhD there in 2012, with a thesis entitled “Toward a Negri-inspired theory of c/Constitution: a contemporary Canadian case study.”  While at the LSE, he was awarded a doctoral teaching fellowship and convened LLB seminars in both Jurisprudence and Theory of Property.  He has also published an article on constitutional design in the Modern Law Review, in addition to presenting at a variety of venues in Europe, the UK and Canada.

Dr. Meyers is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (Federal Courts). He practiced for two years as a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in the fields of general commercial litigation, with a focus on securities regulation and class action; he also did pro bono trial advocacy work in the Family Part of the New York State Court. Dr. Meyers is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. After articling in Criminal Law to Brian Coleman, Q.C., Dr. Meyers became an associate at Cox, Taylor in Victoria where his practice was in the areas of family law, strata law and general commercial litigation.

Dr. Meyers’ research is at the intersection of law and adjacent disciplines such as philosophy, political, social and literary theory. His work seeks to unpack and problematize some of the basic conceptual binaries which are taken for granted in western legal thought including familiar distinctions between ‘private’ and ‘public’, ‘law’ and ‘politics’ and ‘self’ and ‘other’. He is also interested in contemporary/post-Charter Canadian legal historiography.

Dr. Meyers is the resident “Jack-of-all-trades”. Having taught Constitutional Law, Property Law, Current Legal Problems and Legal Research and Writing last year. This year, he will be stepping in to teach Constitutional Law, Tort Law, Public Law and Jurisprudence.

What is your Non-Law Dream Job? Bike Courier

What is your favorite movie or book? Movie: Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, Book: Nietzche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra 

What is your favorite judicial decision and why? It is a tie between Delgamuukw v BC and Reference Re: Supreme Court Act. Delgamuukw because the SCC came close to recognizing the enormity of the country’s historical wrongs. The Supreme Court Reference because the SCC really gave the Federal Government a clear signal of the limits of executive power in Canada. 

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