Personal profile


Dr. Russo obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD degrees from the Allard School of Law.  His research has been primarily in the area of immigration and labour/employment law and he has published several peer-reviewed articles in this field.  He joined UBC as a part-time faculty member in 2017 and was appointed a full-time Faculty Lead Lecturer for the LLMCL program in 2018.  He has subsequently guided the teaching for the Distance Learning and LLMCL programs as well as teaching in the first-year J.D. program.  He has also designed and taught online courses in in Torts and Public Law.


Dr. Russo’s current interests in law extend to human rights, labour and justice issues. He has been invited to present on labour and migration issues to the Royal Society of Canada and the International Labour Organization.  He worked as a legal researcher before pursuing his graduate law degrees.  For almost a decade he served as one of the Federal Government’s representatives at hearings held across Canada to resolve individual claims related to federally operated residential schools.  


He is an active member in the local legal community and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.   He has taught for the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Professional Legal Education Co-Operative Association, among other organizations, and has volunteered his time with various refugee and human rights organizations in the Lower Mainland.


  • Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor and Employment Law