Katie Sykes is counsel in the Vancouver office of Lawson Lundell. As a member of the firm’s Research & Opinions Group, she has experience in conducting research and drafting legal opinions on a broad spectrum of topics. 

in addition to her role at Lawson Lundell, Katie is an associate professor at Thompson Rivers University. Her main research area is animal law. She also writes and researches on innovation in law and the future of the legal profession. She teaches courses on Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century, International Trade Law, and Property Law.

Professional Activities

  • Thompson Rivers University, Associate Professor
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Kelowna Bar Association, Member

News & Publications

News & Publications

  • Animal Welfare and International Trade Law: The Impact of the WTO Seal Case (Elgar, 2021)
  • “Civil Revolution: User Experiences with British Columbia’s Online Court (with Rebecca Dickson, Sarah Ewart, Candice Foulkes and Marina Landry), forthcoming in Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice.
  • “Animal Rights and Environmental Rights” (co-authored with Sara Bagg) in Alastair Lucas et al, eds, Environmental Law and Policy 4th ed (Emond, 2020)
  • “The Whale, Inside: Ending Cetacean Captivity in Canada” (2019) 5 Canadian Journal of Comparative & Contemporary Law 349-405.
  • “Animal Welfare, Wildlife and International Trade Law” in Werner Scholtz, ed, Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law: From Conservation to Compassion (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019) 269-304.
  • “Animal Rights and Environmental Rights” (co-authored with Sara Bagg) in Alastair Lucas et al, eds, Environmental Law and Policy 4th ed (Emond, forthcoming 2019).
  • "What Constitutes Legitimate Policy Space for Food Security" in Les Jacobs and Daniel Drache, eds, Grey Zones in International Economic Law and Global Governance (UBC Press, 2018).
  • “The Appeal to Science and the Formation of Global Animal Law” (2016) 27(2) European Journal of International Law 497-581.
  • “Marine Telemetry and the Conservation and Management of Risk to Seal Species in Canada and Australia” (2016), 47:3 Ocean Development & International Law 1-17 (co-authored with Julia Jabour, Mary-Anne Lea, Simon Goldsworthy, Graeme Melcher, and Mark A. Hindell).
  • “Globalization and the Animal Turn: How International Trade Law Contributes to Global Norms of Animal Protection” 2016 5(1) Transnational Environmental Law 55-79.
  • Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law, co-edited with Vaughan Black and Peter Sankoff (Irwin Law, 2015)
  • Author of Chapter 2 (“Rethinking the Application of Canadian Criminal Law to Factory Farming”); co-author with Joanna Langille and Robert Howse of Chapter 9 (“Whales and Seals and Bears, Oh My! The Evolution of Global Animal Law and Canada’s Ambiguous Stance”)
  • “Pluralism in Practice: Moral Legislation and the Law of the WTO After Seal Products,” forthcoming in George Washington International Law Review (2015) (co-authored with Robert Howse and Joanna Langille)
  • "Hunger Games Without Frontiers: Disasters, Famine and State Obligations to Migrants" in David Caron, Michael J. Kelly & Anastasia Telestsky, eds, The International Law of Disaster Relief (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • “Sealing Animal Welfare into the GATT Exceptions: The International Dimension of Animal Welfare in WTO Disputes,” (2013) 13 World Trade Review 471
  • “Changing Environments: Tracking the Scientific, Socio-political, Legal, and Ethical Currents of the Grey Seal – Cod Debate in Atlantic Canada,” (2013) 16:4 Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 266 (co-authored with Tsafrir Gazit and Damian Lidgard).
  • “Don’t Think About Elephants: Reece v City of Edmonton”, Case Comment (2012) 63 UNBLJ 145 (co-authored with Vaughan Black)
  • “‘And the People of the Province’: EGSPA’s Social Deficit” (2012) 35 Dal LJ (co-authored with Susan Tirone and Karen Gallant)
  • “Nations Like Unto Yourselves: An Inquiry Into the Status of a General Principle of International Law Concerning International Welfare” (2011) 49 CYIL 3
  • “Human Drama, Animal Trials: What the Medieval Animal Trials Can Teach Us About Justice for Animals” (2011) 17 Animal L 273
  • “Bambi Meets Godzilla: Children's and Parents' Rights in Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law v. Canada” (2006) 51:1 McGill LJ 131
  • “Towards a Public Justification of Copyright” (2003) 61 UT Fac L Rev 1
  • “Patents and the Public Interest: The Cipro Controversy” (2002) 60 UT Fac L Rev 115


Dalhousie University (PhD)

Dalhousie University (LLM)

Harvard University (LLM)

University of Toronto (J.D.)

Queen’s University (B.A.)

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