Llewellyn, Jennifer BA MA LLB LLM

Portrait image of Jennifer Llewellyn
Yogis and Keddy Chair, Human Rights Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie

Jennifer Llewellyn is the Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Last year she served as the scholar in residence for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, peace building, international and domestic human rights law, public law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach. She was the director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA), a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice. She is currently director of the International Learning Community on a Restorative Approach. Professor Llewellyn has advised governments and NGOs and supported governments, projects and programs including the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Jamaican government, government of New Zealand and the United Nations. She facilitated the design process for a restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and now serves as a Commissioner for the Inquiry.  She previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse. 

In addition to many articles and book chapters she has co-edited two books in the area: Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (UBC Press) and Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press) and two special issue journals including the recent issue of The International Journal of Restorative Justice.

Llewellyn was awarded the National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award in 2015. This year, she was the recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council National Impact Award, the highest award for research achievement and impact in Canada.