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Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Assistant Professor
DepartmentFaculty of Law
Areas of ExpertiseLaw and technology; food and agriculture law; environmental law; environmental justice; animal law; innovation policy; feminist legal studies; critical race studies; socio-legal studies

Angela Lee joined Ryerson University's Faculty of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2020. She received her JD at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. As a first-generation immigrant, law school graduate, and academic, she strongly believes in the importance of representation, and is committed to mentoring and supporting those who are similarly situated. 

Lee’s research interests lie at the intersection of law and policy, technology and innovation, the environment, society, and various forms of justice. Her doctoral work, in which she develops a framework for "technology justice" in the context of Canada's agri-food sector, has been supported by a number of scholarships and awards, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Shirley E. Greenberg Scholarship and Scholarship in Environment and Sustainability. Her recent research examines the state of innovation policy in Canada, arguing that improved understanding and broadened conceptions of innovation are necessary in order to better direct innovation towards shared social and environmental ends.

Lee has previously taught courses in Food Law, Animals and the Law, and Contract Law at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law and at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, where she was a 2019-2020 Schulich Fellow. She is a co-editor of Food Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2019), and her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the UBC Law Review, the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and Canadian Food Studies. She regularly shares her research at national and international fora. She is a board member of the Canadian Law and Society Association and a member of the Canadian Association of Food Law and Policy.

Selected Books

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Angela Lee and Nathalie Chalifour (eds.), Food Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2019).

Angela Lee, “Introduction: Food Law and Policy in Canada” (with Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Nathalie Chalifour) in Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Angela Lee and Nathalie Chalifour (eds.), Food Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2019) 1-10.

Angela Lee, “The New Frontiers of Flesh Food: Regulating Genetically Engineered Animals and In Vitro Meat” in Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Angela Lee and Nathalie Chalifour (eds.), Food Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2019), 475-498.

Benjamin Richardson and Angela Lee, “Social Investing without Legal Imprimatur: The Latent Possibilities for SWFs”  in Fabio Bassan (ed.), Research Handbook on Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Investment Law (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015) 389-414.

Selected Publications

"Diets, Diseases, and Discourse: Lessons from COVID-19 for Trade in Wildlife, Public Health, and Food Systems Reform", opens in new window (2020) 5 Food Ethics, (with Adam R. Houston). 

“Book Review: Skimmed” (2020) Law and History Review (forthcoming).

“Book Review: Environment in the Courtroom” (2020) 15:1 McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law 49-56.

“The Milkmaid’s Tale: Veganism, Feminism, and Dystopian Food Futures” (2019) 40 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 27-66.

“The Stakes in Steak: Examining Barriers to and Opportunities for Alternatives to Animal Products in Canada” (2018) 41:1 Dalhousie Law Journal 219-252.

“Farming the Sea, a False Solution to a Real Problem: Critical Reflections on Canada’s Aquaculture Regulation” (2018) 50:1 Ottawa Law Review 29-63 (with Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny). 

“Meat-ing Demand: Is In Vitro Meat a Pragmatic, Problematic, or Paradoxical Solution?” (2018) 30:1 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 1-41.

“An Ecofeminist Perspective on New Food Technologies” (2018) 5:1 Canadian Food Studies 63-89.

“Telling Tails: The Promises and Pitfalls of Language and Narratives in Animal Advocacy Efforts” (2017) 23:2 Animal Law Review 241-271.

Angela Lee, Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Nathalie Chalifour, "Canada's Food Guide update needs to address sustainability", external link, opens in new window, (January 24, 2017) Policy Options.

“Vague, Voluntary, and Void: A Critique of the British Columbia Community Contribution Company Hybrid Model” (2015) 48:1 UBC Law Review 179-220.

Schulich School of Law, Schulich Fellowship, 2019-2020

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Scholarship in Environment and Sustainability, 2020

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-2020

Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada, Graduate Student Award of Merit, 2019

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Shirley E. Greenberg Scholarship, 2018

Ontario Graduate Fellowship (OGS), 2018-2019; 2019-2020 (declined); 2020-2021

University of Ottawa, Excellence Scholarship, 2018-2021

University of Ottawa, Doctoral Admission Scholarship, 2016-2018

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Environmental Justice Research Fellowship, 2016

University of Ottawa, Master’s Admission Scholarship, 2015-2016

Peter A. Allard School of Law, Kenneth G. Young QC Scholarship in Law, 2014

Peter A. Allard School of Law, Edwards Kenny & Bray Prize in Environmental Law, 2014

Peter A. Allard School of Law, Doris Curtis Memorial Scholarship, 2013

UBC, President’s Entrance Scholarship, 2007

Degree Institution Year
PhD Candidate (Doctor of Laws) University of Ottawa 2020 (expected)
LLM (Master of Laws; course requirements completed, fast-tracked into PhD program) University of Ottawa 2016
JD (Juris Doctor) University of British Columbia 2015
BA (Bachelor of Arts) University of British Columbia 2011