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Sari Graben

Graben, Sari


Associate Professor


Ph.D., LL.M., LL.B., B.A.


TRS 3-103


416-979-5000 x 6777

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Sari Graben

Sari Graben LL.B (Dalhousie), LL.M. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Osgoode) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law & Business in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Professor Graben joined the faculty in 2013 after completing a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at University of Washington, Seattle. Professor Graben teaches environmental law, and business law. Her primary research interests are in the field of law and resource development with a special focus on risk regulation and Indigenous peoples. Before joining Law & Business, Dr. Graben taught as an Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Queen’s University and practiced as a litigator. Dr. Graben’s publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and the Leiden Journal of International Law.


Law & Business

Select Research and Professional Contributions
Graben, S. Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights and Relationship (with Angela Cameron, Val Napoleon) (eds.) (University of Toronto Press, 2020) 
‘Aboriginal Title and Controlling Liberalization: Use it Like the Crown’ (2019) 52:2 UBC L.R 435 (with Christian Morey).
‘Presidents, Parliaments and Legal Change: Quantifying the Effects of Political Systems in Comparative Environmental Law’ (2017) 35 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 357-419 (with Eric Biber)
“Introduction to Indigenous Peoples and Real Property” in Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights and Relationships (University of Toronto Press, 2020) (with Angela Cameron, and Valerie Napoleon)
“Aboriginal Title in Tsilhqot’in: Indigenous Property Law at the Supreme Court of Canada” in Angela Cameron, Sari Graben and Valerie Napoleon, (eds.) Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights, and Relationship (University of Toronto Press, 2020). (25 pages) (with Christian Morey)
“Indigenous Women and Representation Clauses in Impact Benefit Agreements” in Dwight Newman and Ibronke Odumosu, UNDRIP and Impact Benefit Agreements (in press)
Negotiating Self-Government Over & Over & Over Again: Comparators and Pressure Points in Contemporary Treaties’ in John Borrows and Michael Coyle (eds.) The Right(s) Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties (2017, University of Toronto Press) (with Mathew Mehaffey) 164-184.
Nested Regulation in Law and Development: Identifying Sites of Resistance and Reform (2016) 9:2 Law and Development Review 233-268.
Tribunal Administration and the Duty to Consult: A Study of the National Energy Board (2015) 65:4 University of Toronto Law Journal 382-433 (with Abbey Sinclair)
Arctic Networks and the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, (2015) 28:4 Leiden Journal of International Law 771-797 (with Peter Harrison)
‘Administering Consultation at the National Energy Board: Evaluating Tribunal Authority in Patrick Macklem & Douglas Sanderson (eds.) From Reconciliation to Recognition: Essays on the Constitutional Entrenchment of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights (2015) (with Abbey Sinclair)

‘Resourceful Impacts: Harm and Institutional Valuation of the Sacred’ (2014) 64:1 University of Toronto Law Journal 64-105.

Lessons for Indigenous Land Reform: From Membership to Ownership on Nisga’a Lands (2014) 47:2 University of British Columbia Law Review 399-442.
‘Mind the Gap: The Importance of Local Institutional Development in Peacebuilding Security Interventions’ (2013) 13:3 Journal of Conflict Security and Development 285-316 (with Ann Fitzgerald).
‘Rationalizing Risk to Culture in Resource Development’ (2013) 26:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 83-114.
Arctic Science, International Law and Climate Change: Legal Aspects of Marine Science in the Arctic Ocean, (Susanne Wasum-Rainer, Ingo Winkelmann, Katrin Tiroch (eds.) 2012). (2013) 3:1 Polar Journal 258-259 (Book Review)
‘Living in Perfect Harmony: Harmonizing Sub-Arctic Co-Management through Judicial Review’ (2011) 49:2 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 199-236.
‘Evaluating Stakeholder Participation in Sub-Arctic Co-Management: Administrative Rulemaking and Private Agreements’ (2011) 29:1 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 195-221
‘Contemporary Treaties: Negotiating a New Federal Arrangement’ (2007) 6:2 Indigenous Law Journal 63-94.
‘Implementing International Environmental Agreements: Advocating a Functional Analysis of Hard Law and Soft Law Documents’ (2000) 15:1 International Insights: A Dalhousie Journal of International Affairs 29.
LAW 122
Business Law
LAW 204 Legal Analysis in a Business Context
LAW 535 Environmental Law and Business
LAW 724 Legal Aspects of International Law
Honours & Awards
SSRCH, Insight Grant, Improving Financial Inclusion for Indigenous People in Urban and Rural Ontario (Co-Applicant, 2019)
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Indigenous Women And Impact Benefit Agreements (Principal Applicant, 2018) 
SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant, Indigenous Administrative Law (Principal Applicant, 2018)
Ryerson University Un Sustainable Development Goals Grant, Gender Assessment, Impact Benefit Agreements (Principal Applicant, 2017)
Best Paper Award, 2018, Canadian Academy of Legal Studies in Business (Aboriginal Title: Looking for the Political in Property)
TRSM Dean’s Scholarly Research and Creative Activity Award (2015
TRSM Internal Research Grant (Ryerson) (Principal Applicant, 2014) 
SSHRC Institutional Grant (Ryerson) (Principal Applicant, 2014) 
Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair (2013)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2013)
Queen’s University Arctic Policy Fellowship (2010-2012)
Academic Appointments
Associate Professor, Department of Law, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management
Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, University of Washington, Seattle (2013)
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley School of Law  (2012-2013)
Assistant Professor (Adjunct) Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (2006-2011)
Arctic Policy Fellow, Queen’s University (2010-2012)

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