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Malcolm Lavoie

Malcolm Lavoie

S.J.D. 2019

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“Property Law and Collective Self-Government”

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Economic Analysis of Property Law with Professor Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Political Theory and Private Law with Professor John C.P. Goldberg, Harvard Law School
  • Federal Indian Law with Professor Joseph William Singer, Harvard Law School


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. 2019
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2015
  • McGill University, B.C.L., LL.B., 2012
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 2009
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. (Hons.), 2008

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, 2016-2017, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Writing Workshop T.A.
  • Harvard Project on Foundations of Private Law, 2016-2017, Student Fellow
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, 2015-2016, Visiting Assistant Professor

Representative Publications

  • Malcolm Lavoie & Moira Lavoie, “Land Regime Choice in Close-Knit Communities: The Case of the First Nations Land Management Act” 54 Osgoode Hall Law Journal [forthcoming].
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “R. v. Comeau and Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867: Freeing the Beer and Fortifying the Economic Union” 40 Dalhousie Law Journal [forthcoming].
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “Why Restrain Alienation of Indigenous Lands?” (2016) 49:3 University of British Columbia Law Review 997.
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “Canada’s ‘Unique’ Approach to Specific Performance in Contracts for the Sale of Land: Some Theoretical and Practical Insights” (2013) 12:2 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 207.
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “Understanding ‘Trade as a Whole’ in the Securities Reference” (2013) 46:1 University of British Columbia Law Review 157.
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “Locke, Hegel, and Rights to Property: Examining the Unstable Ideological Architecture of the Canadian Law of Aboriginal Title” (2012) 69 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 25.
  • Malcolm Lavoie, “Canadian Common Law and Civil Law Approaches to Constructive Takings: A Comparative Economic Perspective” (2011) 42:2 Ottawa Law Review 229.

Last Updated: December 10, 2019