Peter Lown

Peter Lown


Peter Lown has an LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Glasgow and a Masters degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 1969. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1973. In 2004 Professor Lown retired from the University and is now Professor Emeritus. He taught Conflicts, Wills, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Communications Law, and Entertainment Law for many years. He has published extensively in the Communications and Corporate areas, among others, and practiced extensively in the cable television and film production areas.

After a year as special counsel to the Alberta Law Reform Institute to report on electronic depositories and transfer of securities, he was appointed Director of the Institute in April 1988 for a term of 5 years and reappointed for further terms up to December 31, 2015.  Mr Lown was retained as Director after his retirement from the University. The Institute is the official law reform agency for the province. It was formed in 1967 by agreement between the Province, University and Law Society of Alberta.

Mr. Lown was named a Queen’s Counsel in 1994, awarded the CBA, Law Society of Alberta Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Legal Profession in 2001 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. He is the Treasurer of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies. He also chairs two of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s committees – the Advisory Committee on Program Development and Management and the International Committee. In this latter role, he works closely with the Uniform Law Commission in the United States on program planning and specific joint projects such as Recognition of Substitute Decision-Making Documents. He was one of six experts at a conference organised jointly by the European Commission and the Hague Conference on Private International Law on the topic of Access to Foreign Law in Civil and Commercial Matters.

He has worked on judicial projects in Vietnam and the Caribbean, and been instrumental in the creation of law reform agencies in a number of jurisdictions.

At the end of 2015, Mr Lown retired as Director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute, from which he now holds the title of Director Emeritus. The Uniform law Commission has appointed him as Executive Director of the International Legal Developments Committee and Research Director of the Joint Editorial Board on International Law ( a partnership with the American Bar Association).

Mr. Lown is active in sports and recreation, having played field hockey for Scotland and Canada, and participated in Pan American and Olympic Games. He is involved with a number of organisations and was a Level III coach in two sports. His golf game could use practice! He is married to Lorette, for 47 years, and has two children and two grandchildren.

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