Dr. Russo obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD degrees from the Peter A. Allard School of Law, where he is currently a Lecturer. His research has been primarily in the area of immigration and labour law and he has published several peer-reviewed articles in this field. He has also held previous teaching appointments at the law school, and has taught first-year Torts, Transnational Law and Public Law in the JD program, as well as Advanced Legal Research and Writing and subjects in the LLM CL and Distance Learning programs.
Dr. Russo worked as a legal researcher before pursuing his LLM degree. Following the LLM program, he worked for almost a decade as a Resolution Manager and Acting Senior Resolution Manager with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. He was one of the Federal Government’s representatives at hearings held across Canada to resolve individual claims related to federally operated residential schools.
He is an active member in the local legal community. He has taught for the Continuing Legal Education Society among other organizations, and has volunteered his time with Amnesty International and the Inland Refugee Network in Vancouver.