Benjamin Perrin is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law and a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy. He is a Faculty Associate at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Professor Perrin's principal teaching and research interests are Canadian Criminal Law and International Criminal Law. His publications include Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law (UBC Press, 2012) (editor), Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (CRC Press, 2012) (co-editor), and Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin, 2011), which was named one of the top books of the year by the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of numerous law review articles and book chapters, and provides commentary in the media.
Professor Perrin served as Special Advisor, Legal Affairs and Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister. In addition to acting as legal counsel, he was lead policy advisor on all matters related to the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada (including the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Correctional Service of Canada, and Parole Board of Canada), and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Prior to joining UBC, Professor Perrin was a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, judicial intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, assistant director of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Legal Clinic (which assisted the Trial and Appeals Chambers), senior policy advisor to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and executive director of a non-governmental organization that combats human trafficking.
Professor Perrin received a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Calgary in 2001, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto in 2005, and a Master of Laws (with honours) from McGill University in 2007. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2007 and the Bar in British Columbia in 2010.
Benjamin Perrin's work for MLI
Canada's Justice Deficit: The case for a justice system report card, by Benjamin Perrin, Richard Audas and Sarah Péloquin-Ladany, May 5, 2016
Dissent From Within At The Supreme Court of Canada: 2015 Year in Review, by Benjamin Perrin, Jan. 15, 2016
Punishing the Most Heinous Crimes: Analysis and recommendations related to Bill C-53 (Life Means Life Act), by Benjamin Perrin, May 7, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada: Policy-Maker of the Year (2014), by Benjamin Perrin, Nov. 27, 2014
Oldest profession or oldest oppression?: Addressing prostitution after the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada v. Bedford, by Benjamin Perrin, Jan. 27, 2014
Migrant Smuggling: Canada's response to a global criminal enterprise, by Benjamin Perrin, Oct. 25, 2011
How to Make Canada's Prostitution Laws Work, by Benjamin Perrin, Oct. 16, 2014
More Than Words: Enhancing the proposed Canadian victims bill of rights (C-32), by Benjamin Perrin, June 19, 2014
Why Canada needs a justice system report card, in the Ottawa Citizen, May 16, 2016
The law should prevent future Robert Picktons from profiting from their crimes, in the Globe and Mail, Feb. 24, 2016
Why dissent among Supreme Court judges is good, in the National Post, Jan. 19, 2016
The big earthquake is coming -- and British Columbia is woefully unprepared, in the Glove and Mail, Jan. 8, 2016
The government needs to get life in prison legislation right, in the Globe and Mail, May 7, 2015
Violent Offenders Need to be Kept Behind Bars, in the National Post, Sep. 26, 2014
Victims' Rights Bill Needs Work, in the National Post, June 24, 2014
Canada Taking Right Approach With New Prostitution Law, in the National Post, June 9, 2014
Time to Condemn China's Religious Persecution, in the National Post, June 4, 2014
National Inquiry Not The Best Response To RCMP Report on Aboriginal Women, in The Globe and Mail, May 21, 2014
The West's Response to Putin is a Joke on the Free World, in The Globe and Mail, March 26, 2014
We Need to Focus on Getting Women Out of Prostitution, in The Globe and Mail, Dec. 18, 2013
The Government's Omnibus Crime Bill is Not Draconian, in The National Post, Sept. 28, 2011