Malcolm Lavoie is a leading expert on topics relating to private law, Aboriginal law, energy law, and constitutional law. In addition to his work with Miller Thomson, Malcolm is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. He has experience assisting clients with civil and constitutional litigation, energy regulatory matters, and Aboriginal law-related matters. Malcolm has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. Justice Frans Slatter of the Alberta Court of Appeal and later for the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the author of numerous academic publications and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Malcolm regularly gives public lectures and publishes in scholarly journals. His research has appeared in numerous publications, including the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Ottawa Law Review, the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and the University of British Columbia Law Review. Malcolm was a recipient of the 2017 Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Scholarly Paper Award, as well as the 2015 Harvard Project on the Foundations of Private Law Writing Prize.
- Lead counsel for an intervener, R. v. Comeau, 2018 SCC 15
- Author, “Aboriginal Rights and the Rule of Law,” Supreme Court Law Review, 2019
- Author, “Assessing the Duty to Consult,” Fraser Institute, Vancouver, 2019
- Author, “Aboriginal Title Claims to Private Land and the Legal Relevance of Disruptive Effects” Supreme Court Law Review 2018; reprinted in Dwight Newman, ed, Business Implications of Aboriginal Law (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2018).
- Author, “R. v. Comeau and Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867: Freeing the Beer and Fortifying the Economic Union,” Dalhousie Law Journal, 2017
- Co-author, “Land Regime Choice in Close-Knit Communities: The Case of the First Nations Land Management Act,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 2017
- Author, “Why Restrain Alienation of Indigenous Lands?” University of British Columbia Law Review, 2016
- Author, “Canada’s ‘Unique’ Approach to Specific Performance in Contracts for the Sale of Land: Some Theoretical and Practical Insights,” Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 2013
- Author, “Understanding ‘Trade as a Whole’ in the Securities Reference,” University of British Columbia Law Review, 2013
- Author, “Canadian Common Law and Civil Law Approaches to Constructive Takings: A Comparative Economic Perspective,” Ottawa Law Review, 2011
Malcolm is a member of the board of the Edmonton Bar Association and the Alumni and Friends of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. He is also on the pro bono roster for the Edmonton Community Legal Clinic.
Bar admissions & education
- Alberta Bar, 2013
- B.A. (Hons.) (University of British Columbia)
- M.Sc. (Distinction) (London School of Economics)
- B.C.L./LL.B. (McGill University Faculty of Law)
- LL.M. (Harvard Law School)
- S.J.D. (Harvard Law School)
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Frans Slatter of the Alberta Court of Appeal (2012-2013)
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada (2013-2014)