Benjamin Perryman is a lawyer with a passion for social justice and a scholar of public law and international human rights law. His work is driven by a desire to use law to serve the interests of marginalized persons and groups and by a curiosity of how rights are conceived individually and collectively.
Currently a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, Benjamin's research examines the relationship between happiness and constitutional law and analyzes how the emerging "Science of Happiness" can be used to rethink constitutional theory and decision-making. In addition to his doctoral research, Benjamin is a human rights adjudicator in the Province of Nova Scotia; a part-time faculty member of the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University and the Department of Political Science, Saint Mary's University; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Halifax Refugee Clinic.
Benjamin obtained his master of laws degree from Yale Law School as a Fulbright Scholar, and his juris doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He also holds a master of development economics degree from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia. He is called to the Bars of Ontario and Nova Scotia. Prior to embarking on his graduate legal studies, Benjamin was a law clerk at the Federal Court (Canada) and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, where he worked on a number of prominent human rights cases.
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Benjamin has lived, worked, and studied from coast to coast in Canada, touching down in four different provinces. He currently calls Halifax, Nova Scotia home.