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Benjamin Ralston Assistant Professor

Research Area(s)

  • Aboriginal rights
  • Administrative law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Environmental law
  • Human rights law
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Privacy Law

Professional education

LLM (Otago) 2014
JD (UBC) 2010
BA (UBC) 2007


Benjamin Ralston joined the College of Law in 2017 for a term position as an assistant professor and will continue in that position as faculty for the Nunavut Law Program during the 2017/18 academic year. Prior to joining faculty, Benjamin worked in publications at the Native Law Centre and taught law as a sessional lecturer in both the College of Law and the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program in the College of Agriculture and Biosciences. Benjamin completed his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2011. While in private practice he specialized in administrative law and civil litigation, working on files including various professional regulatory proceedings, the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, and the Joint Review Panel hearings for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Benjamin went on to complete a Master of Laws with distinction at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2014, before finally arriving in Saskatoon that same year. He joined the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2015 and remains an active member, practising Aboriginal law on a part-time basis and supervising projects with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Courses Taught

Aboriginal law
Aboriginal self-government
Administrative law
Indigenous peoples in international & comparative law
Tort law

Publications and Research Work

Benjamin Ralston & Christine Goodwin, “R v Drysdale: A gold standard for the implementation of R v Gladue” (2017) 33 Criminal Reports (7th) 114

Benjamin Ralston, “Aboriginal Title to Submerged Lands in Canada: Will Tsilhqot’in Sink or Swim?” (2017) 8(27) Indigenous Law Bulletin

Sarah Burningham & Benjamin Ralston, “Highlights from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, 2015” (2016) 79:2 Saskatchewan Law Review 299

Benjamin Ralston & Jacinta Ruru, “Landmark EPA Decision” (2014) New Zealand Law Journal 284