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Joan Braun

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: 
Monday & Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, or by appointment. Appointments and meetings are currently being held by Zoom.
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD Candidate - Peter A. Allard School of Law

Master of Laws – Peter A. Allard School of Law

Master of Social Work – School of Social Work, University of BC

Bachelor of Laws – School of Law, University of BC

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of Victoria

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2020
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Prior to her doctoral studies Professor Braun worked as a mediator in private practice and as a lawyer in the social justice sector. In the latter role, she founded western Canada’s first legal aid clinic for older adults at the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support. She also has served as the chair of the national executive for the Canadian Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is currently serving as co-chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution’s (ACR) Elder Mediation Section. In 2015 - 2016 she was appointed as the ACR representative to a task force that oversaw the development of a new ADR model for resolving guardianship and advanced planning disputes. This model, called Eldercaring Coordination, has been implemented in the courts in several states. Her previous teaching includes courses in public law at the University of Northern BC and restorative justice at the University of the Fraser Valley

Research Interests: 

Professor Braun’s research explores how laws and policies operate in society and applies a social justice perspective in order to understand the impact of these laws. Her research falls within two broader areas of inquiry – alternate dispute resolution and elder law. Currently she has particular interests in how alternate dispute resolution can be used to increase access to justice and how society can develop a more effective response to abuse of older adults. Her doctoral research examines response to abuse of vulnerable adults under British Columbia’s Adult Guardianship Act. 

Current Courses Taught: Criminal Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Select Publications:

Joan Braun, “Legal Interventions to Protect Vulnerable Adults: Does Relational Autonomy Provide a New Way Forward?” (2020) 12: 2 Elder Law Review (Peer-reviewed).

Joan Braun, “Elder Mediation: Promising Approaches and Potential Pitfalls” (2012) 7 Elder Law Review (Peer-reviewed).

Joan Braun, “Elder Guardianship Mediation: Threat or Benefit to Abuse Victims? (2012) 7 International Perspectives on Victimology 27 (Peer-reviewed).