Graham Reynolds

Current affiliation:
Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Graham is an Assistant Professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law at The University of British Columbia.

Graham J. Reynolds, 2011 Trudeau scholar, is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, property law, and intellectual property and human rights. The recipient of an award for excellence in teaching, Reynolds has served as the judicial law clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice Finch of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Reynolds is currently completing doctoral studies in law at the University of Oxford. His doctoral project focuses on the intersection of freedom of expression and copyright in Canada.

Doctoral research

A 'Charter Rights First' Approach to the Intersection of Freedom of Expression and Copyright

Graham's doctoral project will explore the intersection of freedom of expression and copyright, an understudied area of Canadian human rights law. Freedom of expression, in addition to being a constitutionally-protected human right, is also a vehicle through which other human rights can be promoted and protected. Copyright has been said to promote free expression due to the belief that the incentives provided by copyright laws spur the creation of new works. Copyright has also been said to act as a restraint on free expression, as copyright laws prevent individuals from legally engaging in certain acts using copyright-protected works. Graham's doctoral project will suggest that Canada's Copyright Act overprotects copyright owners at the expense of freedom of expression rights. In his doctoral project, Graham will adopt a "Charter rights first" approach to the intersection of freedom of expression and copyright, arguing that the Copyright Act should be rewritten based on freedom of expression principles.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Graham began his university education at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Psychology. Graham graduated from the University of Manitoba with the Gold Medal for the highest standing in the Faculty of Arts.

Graham attended law school at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, where he was a Law Foundation Scholar. While at Dalhousie University, Graham was awarded prizes for the highest standing in intellectual property law, legal profession and professional responsibility, business associations, international trade law, civil procedure, and property law.

After graduating from Dalhousie University, Graham pursued graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. At the University of Oxford, Graham read for and was awarded both a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree and a Master of Philosophy in Law (M.Phil.) degree. As part of his B.C.L. program, Graham wrote a dissertation that explored the impact of the legislative protection of technological protection measures on fair dealing and freedom of expression. As part of his M.Phil. program, Graham wrote a dissertation that explored the consequences of granting patents on nanotechnology's building blocks. He was awarded a Distinction for this work. Following his M.Phil., Graham served as law clerk to the Honourable Lance Finch, Chief Justice of British Columbia. 

Graham's doctoral studies (for which he was awarded a D.Phil. degree) focused on the impact of copyright laws on the balance between the rights of copyright owners and freedom of expression. In addition to a Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, Graham held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.