Benjamin PerrinBenjamin 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 forthcoming book Victim Law: The Law of Victims Of Crime in Canada is being published by Carswell in Spring 2017. 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 Workby 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 rightin the Globe and Mail, May 7, 2015

Violent Offenders Need to be Kept Behind Barsin the National Post, Sep. 26, 2014

Victims' Rights Bill Needs Workin the National Post, June 24, 2014

Canada Taking Right Approach With New Prostitution Lawin 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 Womenin The Globe and Mail, May 21, 2014

The West's Response to Putin is a Joke on the Free Worldin The Globe and Mail, March 26, 2014

We Need to Focus on Getting Women Out of Prostitutionin The Globe and Mail, Dec. 18, 2013

The Government's Omnibus Crime Bill is Not Draconian, in The National Post, Sept. 28, 2011