Benjamin Perrin is an Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and a Munk Senior Fellow in Criminal Justice at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy. His current research projects include victim of crime, criminal justice reform, social media crime, and the opioid crisis.

Professor Perrin's principal teaching and research interests are Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and International Criminal Law. He is the author of Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Thomson Reuters, 2017) 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 editor of Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law (UBC Press, 2012) and co-editor of Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (CRC Press, 2012). 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


Benjamin Perrin & Richard Audas, “Report Card on the Criminal Justice System #2” (Ottawa: Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, 2018)

Benjamin Perrin, "The Supreme Court vs. Parliament: Supreme Court of Canada 2016 Year in Review" (Ottawa: Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, 2016).

Benjamin Perrin & Richard Audas, “Report Card on the Criminal Justice System: Evaluating Canada’s Justice Deficit” (Ottawa: Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, 2016).

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