Professor Joseph Weiler joined the UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law as Assistant Professor in 1974. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1979, and became a Full Professor in 1987. He earned his BA with Honors at the University of Toronto in 1969, his LLB at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 1972 and his LLM at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1974.
Professor Weiler has taught courses on criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law and the law of cyberspace, and currently teaches courses on labor law and policy, sports law, media and entertainment law, and the law of the Olympic Games. He is the author, co-author and editor of numerous publications, including books and journal articles, in all of the areas that he has taught over the years at UBC.
Called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1973, he has acted as counsel in numerous cases at all judicial levels, including the provincial and county courts, the Supreme of British Columbia, the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Professor Weiler also had a long career in the field of alternative dispute resolution acting as a mediator and arbitrator in over 400 disputes, and was the Commissioner of the Vancouver Port Container Traffic Inquiry in 1986-88. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1984, and he served as counsel to the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club from 1990 to 1995.
During his fruitful career Professor Weiler also served as the Founding Director and President of the Pacific Institute of Law and Public Policy from 1982-1990, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Business Institute from 1985-1988, Executive Director of the UBC Nemetz Centre for Dispute Resolution from 1988-1991, and Executive Director of the BC Seafood Sector Council from 1998-2002.
Professor Weiler has served as Chair of many organizations, such as the British Columbia Motion Picture Industry – Government Roundtable, the Canadian Bar Association Asian Law Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust.