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Benjamin Ralston Sessional Lecturer

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 is currently pursuing his PhD at the College of Law while teaching as a sessional lecturer. He has been awarded both the University of Saskatchewan Dean’s Scholarship and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship in support of his doctoral studies. Prior to starting his PhD, Benjamin was in a term position as Assistant Professor, teaching in the Nunavut Law Program and on the College of Law’s Saskatoon campus prior to that. He has also worked in publications at the Indigenous Law Centre and taught law as a sessional lecturer in the College of Law and the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy program in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources continuously since 2015.

Benjamin completed his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2011. While in full-time private practice he worked primarily in the areas of administrative law and civil litigation, working on files that included 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.

Courses Taught


Tort Law (212)
Regulation of Professions (320)
Administrative Law (340)
Nunavut Law Program - Foundation Year (398)
Aboriginal Law (436/898)
Environmental Law (444)
Aboriginal Self-Government (473)
Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law (480)

Select publications

Benjamin Ralston, Gladue Principles: A Guide to the Jurisprudence (Saskatoon: Indigenous Law Centre, 2021)

Benjamin Ralston, “R. v. Sharma: Addressing systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system” (2020) 66 Criminal Reports (7th) 367

Benjamin Ralston, Gladue Awareness Project: Final Report (Saskatoon: Indigenous Law Centre, 2020)

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