Janine Benedet joined UBC Law an Associate Professor in 2005. This appointment represents a return not only to her alma mater but also to the city that she has always considered home. Her first stop after her L.L.B. graduation was a clerkship with fellow UBC alumnus Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. That was followed by graduate studies – leading to both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. – at the University of Michigan, where she also did some teaching as a Visiting Faculty Fellow. She practiced labour law in Toronto from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1999-2005. She is a member of the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia.
Professor Benedet’s areas of teaching expertise include criminal law, labour law, administrative law, professional responsibility and anti-discrimination law. Her current research focuses on sexual violence against women, including prostitution, pornography and sexual assault. She is currently researching reforms to Canada’s prostitution laws that would support prostitution abolition, as well as the criminal law’s treatment of capacity and voluntariness to consent to sexual contact.