Robert K. Paterson

LL.B. (New Zealand) 1968, J.S.M. (Stanford) 1972

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

    V6T 1Z1 Vancouver


Personal profile


Robert K. Paterson was admitted to the Bars of New Zealand in 1969 and B.C. in 1981. Professor Paterson chaired the B.C. Task Force on International Commercial Arbitration (1986) and is co-author of International Trade and Investment Law in Canada (1994) and co-editor of UNCITRAL Model Law in Canada (1989). He is a panelist under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA (Trade Remedy Bi-national Review Panel). Apart from international trade law his major interest is cultural heritage and art law. He drew attention to Aboriginal repatriation issues by organizing the first global conference on the subject (with UNESCO support) at UBC in 1994. The conference proceedings were published as a special issue of the UBC Law Review (1995). He is associate editor of the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Rapporteur of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association of which he is a Canadian board member. He is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Corporations, Securities Regulation, International Trade and Investment and Cultural Property.


  • Law
  • International Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Securities Law
  • International Trade Law