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About Jamie Baxter

Before studying law, Jamie completed his graduate studies in economics, focusing on rural and community development, and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky. After law school, he articled with a solo practice in Toronto specializing in cases of state and institutional misconduct, civil rights and Indigenous rights, and taught part-time in the Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. Jamie then clerked at the Federal Court of Canada before returning to graduate studies in law.

Jamie is interested mainly in food systems, agriculture, land, rural-urban connections, and local governance. Most of his work looks at what are sometimes called the "working rules" that shape human interaction and cooperation--those rules and norms that operate where formal laws and actual practices meet.


Present Assistant Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
Board Member, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Dalhousie Law Journal Editorial Board

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - Present Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Present Member, Law Commission of Ontario Community Council
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013: Schulich Fellow (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie)
  • 2013: SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (Yale)
  • 2008: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Research Fellow (University of Toronto)
  • 2006: Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky)


B.ArtsSC, MA, McMaster University
JD, University of Toronto
LLM, JSD, Yale Law School

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Articles (11)

Book Chapters (3)