Pitman Potter

Professor of Law at UBC and Hong Kong Bank Chair in Asian Research at UBC's Institute of Asian Research

Pitman Potter is a Professor of Law at UBC Law Faculty and Hong Kong Bank Chair in Asian Research at UBC's Institute of Asian Research. Professor Potter's teaching and research are focused on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, contracts, business regulation, and human rights. Professor Potter has served on numerous Editorial Boards for journals such as The China Quarterly, The Hong Kong Law Journal, Taiwan National University Law Review, China: An International Journal, and Pacific Affairs. He has published several books, including most recently A Guide to Business Law in Asia (w/ Ljiljana Biukovic, Lexis/Nexis 2008), as well as numerous book chapters and articles for such journals as Law & Social Inquiry, The China Quarterly, and The International Journal. In addition to his academic activities, Professor Potter is admitted to the practice of law in British Columbia, Washington and California, and serves as a consultant to the Canadian national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. As a Chartered Arbitrator, Professor Potterr is engaged in international trade arbitration work involving China. He has served on the Board of Directors of several public institutions, including Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, where he is now a Senior Fellow.

Most Recent Posts

Potter: Canada should “make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Agree?

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February 6, 2012

My quick response would be first to agree with the proposition that “Canada should make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Secondly I would strongly encourage an open national discussion on the development of refining capacity in Canada. To […]

Potter: Canada should “make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Agree?

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February 6, 2012

My quick response would be first to agree with the proposition that “Canada should make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Secondly I would strongly encourage an open national discussion on the development of refining capacity in Canada. To […]

Potter: Should Canada treat its intellectual property as a national asset?

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October 10, 2011

Intellectual property is generally privately owned.  IPR protection regimes are in effect an exercise of public authority to protect private interests through law and regulation.   This combination of private property and public institutional protection invites consideration  of the public policy underpinnings of IPR protection regimes – namely the effort to stimulate innovation by rewarding […]