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About Richard Devlin, FRSC

Richard Devlin was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland. After graduating from Queen's Belfast he earned his LLM at Queen's Kingston. He is currently a Professor of Law at Dalhousie University and is a frequent contributor to judicial education programmes nationally and internationally. His teaching philosophy is to assist students develop the skills of critical analysis to enable them to recognize the not always positive functions of law in contemporary societies. His most recent books include the co-edited collections "Regulating Judges: Beyond Independence and Accountability" and "Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Responsibility" (3rd ed). His next book, also co-edited, is entitled "Disciplining Judges: Contemporary Challenges and Controversies".

Professor Devlin's research interests are wide-ranging. He has published more than 100 contributions- books, articles, essays and reviews- in both the private and public law realms. Most recently he has been concentrating his efforts on the regulation of the legal professions: legal ethics and judicial ethics. He is particularly interested in comparative analyses of these areas.

In July 2020, Professor Devlin was appointed to the role of Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Law.


Present Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Chair, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics
Present Member, Editorial Board, Canadian Legal Education Annual Review
Present Member, Code Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Present Member, International Association for Legal Ethics
Present Director, International Commission of Jurists - Canada
Present Member, Editorial Board, Legal Ethics
Present Consultant, National Judicial Institute
2012 - 2015 President, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 - Class of 1967 Teaching Excellence Award (co-recipient)
  • 2015 - Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • 2013 - "Change One Thing" Award, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University
  • 2012-13 - Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Ethics and Professionalism
  • 2005-15 - University Research Professor
  • 2009-10 - Hanna and Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law
  • 2008 - Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2002-03 - Hanna and Harnold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law


1984 LLM, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
1983 Honours LLB, Queen's University (Belfast)

Contact Information

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


Books (7)

Book Contributions (19)