Personal profile


Ben Perrin researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law and international law. He joined UBC in 2007 after serving as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and advising judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ben was lead criminal justice advisor and in-house legal counsel to the Prime Minister of Canada.

In recent years, Ben was confronted with childhood and intergenerational trauma, addiction, mental health challenges, and disability in the lives of people close to him and his own. In this journey, he found freedom and peace in Jesus Christ. He is an advocate for compassionate, evidence-based approaches to pressing criminal justice and societal issues.

Ben is the author of policy papers, journal articles, and several books including Indictment: The Criminal Justice System on Trial (UTP, forthcoming October 2023), Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis (Penguin Random House, 2020), Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Thomson Carswell, 2017) and Criminal Law: Canadian Law, Indigenous Laws & Critical Perspectives (CanLII, 2023) – a free open-access textbook for law students. 

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  • Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law