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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 Assistant 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
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
2014 TRSM Internal Research Grant (Ryerson)  $7,000
2014 SSHRC Institutional Grant (Ryerson) $6,936
2013 Fulbright Canada, Visiting Research Chair Award
2012-2013 The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship
2010- 2012 Queen’s University Arctic Policy Fellowship
2008-2010 The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
2006-2008 Harley D. Hallet Graduate Scholarship
2007-2008 York University Graduate Scholarship
2006-2007 York University, Academic Award
2007 York University, Fieldwork Cost Fund
2003-2004 Queen’s University Graduate Award
2003-2004 Ontario Law Foundation
Academic Appointments
Assistant 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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