Michael Byers


Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law

Office: Buchanan C417
Office Phone: 604-822-3049
Email: michael.byers@ubc.ca

Michael Byers holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Politics and International Law. His work focuses on issues of Arctic sovereignty, climate change, the law of the sea, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. He holds major research grants from ArcticNet and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Byers has been a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Professor of Law at Duke University. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the universities of Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Nord (Norway) and Novosibirsk (Russia). Dr. Byers is the author of the national bestseller Intent for a Nation and, most recently, Who Owns the Arctic? and the Donner Prize winning International law and the Arctic. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star.



Fall 2016

POLI 369B(3): Issues in International Security (Arctic)

POLI 462 / POLI 563A: Problems in International Relations (Space)

Recent Publications

International Law and the Arctic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North (Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley:D&M Publishing, 2010)

Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For? (Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley: D&M Publishing, 2007)

War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict (London, UK: Atlantic Books, 2005)

United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

The Role of Law in International Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Custom, Power and the Power of Rules (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

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