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About Alexandra Flynn

Professor Flynn’s teaching and research focus on municipal law and governance, administrative law, property law, and experiential education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed paper and public reports on how cities are legally understood in law and how they govern, including the overlapping geographies and governance of city spaces, and the formal and informal bodies that represent residents. She is also working on a SSHRC-funded project which seeks to understand the legal relationship between First Nations and municipal governments. The goal of this project is to illuminate the legal obligations of municipal governments, including whether there is a municipal duty to consult and accommodate. In Fall 2020, she will publish, together with Professor Mariana Valverde, an edited collection on Canadian smart cities. She is also working on a book entitled Micro legal spaces: the law and governance of Canadian cities, to be published in 2021.

Professor Flynn has a long history working in law and policy. She practiced banking and securities law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, where she was the recipient of several Legal Aid awards. She also practiced Aboriginal Law at Ratcliff & Company in Vancouver, representing First Nations. Prior to entering academia, she worked in a senior policy role at the City of Toronto, where, amongst other files, she managed the city’s review of the City of Toronto Act and municipal-federal relationships.

Professor Flynn is a past TEDx speaker and a frequent media commentator. She has a long history of volunteer work in the areas of homelessness and access to justice.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
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Disciplines

Law

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