Professor Christine L.M. Boyle, QC holds an LLB from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (1971) and an LLM from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1972). Professor Boyle joined the Faculty at the law school at UBC in 1990 as a Walter S. Owen Visiting Professor and has remained at the Allard School of Law as a full Professor since 1992. She is currently a Professor Emerita.
Professor Boyle has practiced as an Associate Counsel at Smart & Williams. She has been a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland, Nova Scotia, and BC. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law, Professor Boyle previously taught at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of the West Indies, Barbados, University of Windsor, Ontario, Simon Fraser University, and Dalhousie University.
Professor Boyle is a feminist legal scholar who is actively involved in the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law. She practices and researches in the areas of equality litigation, sexual assault, prostitution, and discrimination. Professor Boyle was co-counsel for the Asian Women’s Coalition Ending Prostitution, an intervener group in the 2013 Supreme Court of Canada landmark case Bedford v. Canada .
Professor Boyle has been widely recognized for her contributions as an educator and a researcher. In 1995, she was awarded the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award for Academic Excellence. She received the Killam Teaching Award in 1997. In 2006, the Allard Law Alumni Association honoured Professor Boyle with the Alumni Award for Research. This award recognizes a full-time member of the Allard School of Law whose research achievements have advanced the Faculty’s reputation as a leading research institution. In 2011, Professor Boyle was appointed Queen’s Counsel.