Personal profile


Joseph Weiler is Professor at the Allard School of Law, UBC in Vancouver.  He earned his BA with Honors at the University of Toronto in 1969, his LLB at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 1972 and his LLM at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1974.  He joined the law school at UBC in 1974, first as Assistant Professor and then was promoted to Associate Professor and became a Full Professor in 1987. He has taught courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law and the law of cyberspace, and currently teaches courses on labor law and policy, sports law, media and entertainment law, and the law of the Olympic Games. Professor Weiler is the author, co-author and editor of numerous publications, including books and journal articles, in all of the areas that he has taught over the years at UBC.
Professor Weiler was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1973 and has acted as counsel in numerous cases at all judicial levels, including the provincial and county courts,  the  Supreme of British Columbia, the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Weiler has also had a long career in the field of alternative dispute resolution acting as a mediator and arbitrator in over 400 disputes, and was the Commissioner of the Vancouver Port Container Traffic Inquiry in 1986-88. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1984 and he served as counsel to the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club from 1990 to 1995.
Professor Weiler was the Founding Director and President of the Pacific Institute of Law and Public Policy from 1982-1990, served as Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Business Institute from 1985-1988,  Executive Director of the UBC Nemetz Centre for Dispute Resolution from 1988-1991, and  Executive Director of the BC Seafood Sector Council from 1998-2002. He has served as Chair of many organizations, such as the British Columbia Motion Picture Industry – Government Roundtable, the Canadian Bar Association Asian Law Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust.

Professional Affiliations

  • Centre for Business Law


  • Law
  • Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law
  • Labor and Employment Law