Randal Graham

Randal Graham

Academic Degrees:

Goodmans LLP Fellow in Legal Ethics; LL.B. (Osgoode Hall) 1995, PhD (Osgoode Hall) 1999, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1997.

Email: randal@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 88445
Office: LB 103
Website: randalgraham.com

Professor Graham was appointed to the Faculty of Law in 2002. In 2005, Dr. Graham was awarded the title of "Faculty Scholar" by the University of Western Ontario in recognition of the widespread international impact of his research. He is the first Western Law professor to earn that title.

Professor Graham teaches an extraordinarily broad range of subjects. He has taught courses in Statutory Interpretation, Legal Ethics, Criminal Law, Evidence, Administrative Law, Taxation, Corporate Law, Law & Economics, Legal Rhetoric, Legal Drafting, Advocacy and Graduate Research. He has supervised graduate theses in areas ranging from Interpretive Theory to toll roads in Brazil. As a result of his efforts in the classroom, Professor Graham has won the title “Professor of the Year” (both at Western and at Osgoode Hall Law School), as well as the Edward G Pleva Award for Excellence in teaching, Western University’s highest award for teaching

In addition to serving on Western’s Faculty of Law, Dr. Graham has been an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick (2000-2002), an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1996-2004), an Affiliated Scholar with Goodmans, LLP (1998-2000); a Commercial Lawyer at Goodmans, LLP (1997-1998); a Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada (1995-1996); and an Editorial Assistant to Justice Sopinka in connection with "The Law of Evidence in Canada" (1996-1997). Dr. Graham continues to act as a litigation strategist and technical consultant in matters dealing with his primary research areas, Statutory Interpretation and Legal Ethics.

Dr. Graham is the author of several books and articles on the topics of statutory interpretation and ethics. His most recent research efforts focus on law and literature, and on the use of narrative structures to analyze legal theory and philosophy. He has pursued this project through the publication of a series of fantasy novels, including “Beforelife” (ECW Press, 2017) and “Afterlife Crisis” (ECW Press, 2020). Both of these novels were top ten finalists for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and Beforelife was awarded the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Fantasy Fiction. The third novel in the series will be released in 2022. Professor Graham’s work has been cited at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Research Highlights


“Nether Regions” (Toronto: ECW Press, 2022)

“Afterlife Crisis” (Toronto: ECW Press, 2020)

“Beforelife” (Toronto: ECW Press, 2017)

Legal Ethics, 3rd Edition (Toronto: Emond, 2014; 2nd edition 2011; 1st edition 2004)

Statutory Interpretation: Cases, Texts and Materials (Toronto: Emond, 2002).

Statutory Interpretation: Theory and Practice (Toronto: Emond, 2001). 


The Myth of Originalism (appearing in Interpretatio Non Cessat, Yvon Blais, 2011).

Evolutionary Analysis: The Impact of Interpretive Theory (2010) 34 Man. LJ 1, 143.

"What Judges Want: Judicial Self-Interest and Statutory Interpretation" (2009) 
Statute Law Review 30(1) 38 -72, Oxford University Press.

Right Theory, Wrong Reasons (2006) 34 SCLR (2d) 1.

In Defence of Ethinomics (2005) 8:1 Legal Ethics 160. 

Morality v. Markets (2005) 8:1 Legal Ethics 87.