Peter Burns

LL.B. (Otago) 1963; LL.M. (Hons.) (Otago) 1963

  • 1822 East Mall, Peter A. Allard School of Law

    V6T 1Z1 Vancouver


Personal profile


Professor Peter Burns, Q.C., was called to the Bar of B.C. in 1975 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984. From 1982-91, Professor Burns served as Dean of the Allard School of Law. He has also served on the B.C. Law Reform Commission (1985-92) and the B.C. Forest Resources Commission (1990-91) and was a board member of the B.C. International Commercial Arbitration Centre from 1986 to 1996.


Professor Burns was appointed Chair of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in 1993, is a former President of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and has been a member of the UN Organization Committee Against Torture since 1987 and its chair since 1998.


Professor Burns has authored or edited several books and numerous articles in the fields of Torts, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and International Criminal Law.


  • Law
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • International Law