Personal profile


Dr. Cristie Ford’s research focuses on regulation and governance theory, securities and financial regulation, and administrative law. Recently she has expanded her work to include access to justice and governance of the legal profession. Her most recent publications are “The Legal Innovation Sandbox” (with Quinn Ashkenazy, forthcoming Am J Comp L), and “Regulation as Respect” (forthcoming Law & Contemp Probs).


Professor Ford has published extensively in leading academic journals and handbooks, and written two books: Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice (Cambridge University Press: 2017); and Canadian Securities Regulation (5th ed.) (LexisNexis: 2014), co-authored with the Right Honourable David Johnston and Kathleen Rockwell. Other representative work includes articles and book chapters on innovation and regulation (also here), principles-based regulation (also here), regulatory governance and responsive regulation (also here), systemic risk in securities markets (also here), administrative law remedies, and deferred prosecution agreements and corporate monitorships (also here). Open Source access to other work is here. Her work in both securities regulation and administrative law has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.


Professor Ford co-edited the leading international journal Regulation & Governance from 2012 to 2015. She now sits on its Executive Board, the Board of the Journal of International Economic Law, and the Oxford Business Law Blog’s Academic Editors team. She has a track record of service to government departments, task forces and advisory panels, and regulators at the provincial, national, and international levels. She has won awards for both her research and her teaching, and served as Associate Dean for the Research and the Legal Profession. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has held visiting research positions at institutions including the European University Institute (as a Fernand Braudel Fellow), Hebrew University, Oxford University (as a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s), and Utrecht University.


Professor Ford obtained her graduate degrees from Columbia Law School, where she also taught as a lecturer, clinic supervisor, and Associate-in-Law. Before joining academia, she practiced law in Vancouver and New York. Her practice as a senior associate in securities regulation and financial litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP included many of the highest profile regulatory and white-collar criminal files of the dotcom bust and post-9/11 eras. She is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of BC, and the New York state and federal bars.


Professional Affiliations

  • Centre for Business Law
  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies


  • Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility