Randal Graham

Randal Graham

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

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 University of Western Ontario’s “University Wide” award for undergraduate 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. His work has been cited at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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


“Beforelife” (Toronto: ECW Press, 2017)

Legal Ethics, 3rd Edition (Toronto: Emond, 2014)

Legal Ethics, 2nd Edition (Toronto: Emond, 2011)

Legal Ethics, (Toronto: Emond, 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.

Universal Design in Legislation: Eliminating Barriers for People with Disabilities,
Statute Law Rev 2009, 30: 97-122 (Oxford University Press).

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

Evolutionary Analysis: The Impact of Interpretive Theory
(appearing in "Ivan Cleveland Rand at the Supreme Court of Canada"), forthcoming, 2010.

Politics and Prices: Judicial Utility Maximization and Constitutional Construction
(2007) 1 Indian Journal of Constitutional Law, 57.

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

In Defence of Ethinomics (2005) 8:1 Legal Ethics 160.
The article provides a response to various reviews of my third book, Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases and Professional Regulation (above), appearing in the same volume of the Journal of Legal Ethics.

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

Fair, Large, Liberal, Broad and Generous: The Interpretation of Human Rights Legislation.
Published in the proceedings of the National Judicial Institute, Federal Court Judges' Seminar (2003).

A Unified Theory of Statutory Interpretation (2002) 23:1
Statute Law Review 91 (Oxford University Press).

In Defence of Maxims (2001) 22:1 Statute Law Review 45 (Oxford University Press).

Moral Contexts (2001) 50 UNB Law Journal 77.

Statutory Inoculation: Coping with the Diseases of Legislative Language.
Published in the proceedings of the National Judicial Institute: Atlantic Education Seminar (2001).

Good Intentions (2000) 12 SCLR 147.