Dr Pitman B. Potter, Ph.D., JD, MDiv., FRSC


Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Dr. Pitman B. Potter is Professor of Law and Director of Chinese Legal Studies at the Peter A. Allard School of Law; as well as Director of UBC's Institute of Asian Research. Dr. Potter has conducted extensive research and published numerous books on the People's Republic of China and Taiwan's legal affairs, including Local Engagement with International Economic Law and Human Rights (with Ljiljana Biukovic) (London: Edward Elgar, 2017), Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014)and The Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013). He has published over one hundred articles and essays.

He served as Director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research (1999-2008) and also held the HSBC Chair in Asian Research (1999- 2016). Prior his retirement from law practice in 2016, Dr. Potter practised law in British Columbia, Washington State and California for more than thirty years and was a consultant to the Canadian national law firm of Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP. Dr. Potter has served on the Boards of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Distinguished Fellow and the Canada-China Business Council where he is currently Senior Advisor. Dr. Potter is ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of New Westminster). Dr. Potter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

A Member of the Programme Advisory Committee, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.