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Robin Hansen Associate Professor

232A Law

Research Area(s)

  • Public international law
  • International trade and investment law
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Tort law

Professional Education

  • LLM (McGill) 2009
  • MA (Carleton) 2006
  • LLB (Ottawa) 2005
  • BA (Hons.) (Calgary) 2001


Professor Hansen joined the College of Law in 2009 and taught previously at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Her research centers on the role of international law in economic globalization, focusing in particular on the relationships between multinational enterprises, states and local communities affected by foreign investment decisions. Professor Hansen holds an MA in international affairs, specializing in global political economy, from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She completed her LLM at McGill University, with her thesis examining the question of whether multinational enterprises are persons at international law. Professor Hansen has an interdisciplinary honours degree in international development from the University of Calgary.

Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Hansen worked at the legal branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. She is a past participant of the Hague Academy of International Law’s Summer Programme in Private International Law. Professor Hansen was called to the bar of Ontario in 2006 and the bar of Saskatchewan in 2010.

A number of her publications are available in PDF at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1172773.

Courses Taught

  • Conflict of Laws 456.3
  • International Law 457.1
  • Legal Research & Writing 243.0
  • Tort Law 212.6
  • Trusts 326.4

Recent Publications and Research Work

"Legal personality and the Canadian REIT" (2017) Trusts & Trustees,  23 (4): 400-403.

"MNEs as Enterprises in Public International Law" (2015) in N. Gal-Or, C. Ryngaert and M. Noortmann (eds.), Responsibilities of the Non-State Actor in Armed Conflict and the Market Place, 127-153. Leiden: Brill.

"Law Student Plagiarism: Contemporary Challenges and Responses" (2015) Journal of Legal Education, 64(3): 416-427 (with A. Anderson).

" 'Objective Assessment of the Facts' : a Principled Approach to WTO Appellate Body Review of Panel Fact-Finding" (2014) Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, 14: 189-222 (with H. Heavin).

“The Public Policy Dimensions of MNE Legal Personality: Is It Time to Unveil the Masters of Globalization?” (2013) in A. Byrnes, M. Hayashi and C. Michaelsen (eds.),  International Law in the New Age of Globalization, 241-266. Leiden:  Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Implications for the Equality Rights of Canadians with Disabilities: the Case of Education” (2011) Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 29(1): 73-106 (with R. Malhotra).

“Fullowka v. Pinkerton's of Canada Ltd. and the Material Contribution Test for Factual Causation in Negligence” (2011) Alberta Law Review, 48:3: 771-782.

“The Systemic Challenge of Corporate Investor Nationality in an Era of Multinational Business” (2010) Revue d'arbitrage et de médiation / Journal of Arbitration and Mediation, 1(1): 81-115.

“Parallel Proceedings in Investor-State Treaty Arbitration: Responses for Treaty-Drafters, Arbitrators and Parties” (2010) The Modern Law Review, 73(4): 523-555.

“The International Legal Personality of Multinational Enterprises: Treaty, Custom and the Governance Gap” (2010) Global Jurist (Advances), 10(1): Art. 9, 1-132.

"What's 'New' in the New West Partnership Trade Agreement? The NWPTA and the Agreement on Internal Trade Compared" (2010) Saskatchewan Law Review, 73(2): 197-235 (with H.D. Heavin).

“Multinational Enterprise Pursuit of Minimized Liability: Law, International Business Theory and the Prestige Oil Spill” (2008) Berkeley Journal of International Law, 26(2): 101-141.

“Reconciling the International and the Domestic: The Reasonable Period of Time under DSU Article 21.3” (2008) in M.E. Janow, V. Donaldson and A. Yanovich, (eds.), The WTO: Governance, Dispute Settlement and Developing Countries, 987-1008. Huntington, NY: Juris Publishing (with D.M. McRae).

“The Influence of NAFTA Chapter 11 in the BIT Landscape” (2005) 12:1 UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy 101-119 (with Meg Kinnear).