Western Law

Sankoff, Peter


Peter Sankoff joins the Faculty in 2011 after spending ten years teaching law at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law, where he taught courses in Evidence, Advanced Criminal Law and Animals and the Law as well as an Honours course in Criminal Law and Policy. Peter has also taught as a Visiting Professor as part of the Global Law program at Haifa University in 2008, at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and as part of Western's January term in 2011. Peter also taught the world's first course in Comparative Animal Protection Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2010.

Peter began studying law at Dalhousie University in 1993, and transferred to the University of Toronto in 1994, completing his law degree (J.D.) in 1996. After graduating from law school, Peter moved to Ottawa where he worked in 1996-1997 as a law clerk for Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada. Before leaving for New Zealand, he worked for two years as a constitutional advisor (Charter of Rights and Freedoms) at the Department of Justice in Ottawa. In 2005, he completed an LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.

Peter is the co-author of Witnesses, a Canadian text on evidence and procedure, Manning, Mewett and Sankoff on Criminal Law (4th ed) and sole author of the Portable Guide to Witnesses, as well as numerous articles on animal law, human rights, criminal procedure and evidence. Peter is also the co-editor of Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, the first book on animal law ever published in the Southern Hemisphere.

Peter's current research interests are concentrated in three distinct areas: (1) the way in which government regulation neglects the protection of animals; (2) the continuing development of the "principled revolution" in evidence law, and the way in which the expansion of judicial discretion may be harming the correct adjudication of evidentiary claims; and (3) resolving tensions in the substantive criminal law. As a dual citizen of Canada and New Zealand, Peter researches and publishes in both jurisdictions.

To learn more about Peter's research, visit www.petersankoff.com

Teaching In 2013-2014

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Email: psankoff@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661 2111 x89288
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