Daniel Dylan

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8110ext. 7809
Office Location: 
PACI Building, Room PA 1007B
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

LL.M. (University of Ottawa) 2011

J.D. (Michigan State University College of Law) 2010

LL.B. (University of Ottawa) 2010

B.A. (High Hons) (Carleton University – Political Science) 1997

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2016
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Professor Dylan was called to the bar of Ontario in June 2011 and the bar of Nunavut in April 2012. He received his LL.M., which focused on Canada’s intellectual property regime in relation to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, from the University of Ottawa in April 2011, his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2010, and his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2010 as part of a dual-degree program between these two institutions. He clerked at the Federal Court (of Canada) for the Honourable Justice Douglas R. Campbell from August 2010 to July 2011 and clerked at the same court for the Honourable Justice Donald J. Rennie, former federal Assistant Attorney General, from July 2011 to April 2012 (now a member of the Federal Court of Appeal). He also completed a judicial clerkship externship in the chambers of the Honorable Judge David W. McKeague of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. From April 2012 to July 2016, he served as Legal Counsel in the Legal and Constitutional Law division of the Government of Nunavut Department of Justice, where his practice focused on Impact Review Assessments, Wildlife, Natural Resource Extraction issues, and other areas such as constitutional, litigation, human rights, and human health law, among others.

In addition to his law degrees, in 1997 Daniel earned a B.A. (High Honours) in Political Science from Carleton University. He returned to Carleton in the fall of 2011 to teach Law and Aboriginal Peoples as well as Social Justice and Human Rights in the winter of 2012. He has received numerous academic awards and has published several pieces of writing.

He is a Past-President of the Canadian Bar Association, Nunavut Branch and a former member of the Canadian Bar Association, National Board of Directors, as at the end of August 2016, and has over several years served on various committees of the Law Society of Nunavut. 

He was awarded Lakehead University's Contribution to Teaching Award in 2020.

He is admitted to the Bars of Ontario (inactive) and Nunavut (active), and provides legal services to clients in Nunavut.

Research Interests: 

Professor Dylan teaches Animal Law, Contracts, Evidence, and Intellectual Property & Indigenous Knowledge Governance. In the past, he has taught Professional Responsibility as well as Legal Research & Writing. His current research interests include Animal Law and Environmental Law, as well as a mix of Aboriginal, Traditional Knowledge, Wildlife Mining & Natural Resources, and Administrative Law, with a focus on the mechanics of non-human animals, as well as cultural and environmental protection, appropriation, and the remediation thereof, as well as modern treaties. He is also interested in International, Maritime and Aviation Law.

Selected Publications:

'We the North' as the Dispossession of Indigenous Identity and a Slogan of Canada's Enduring Colonial Legacy, Alberta Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2019.

 The Complicated Intersection of Politics, Administrative and Constitutional Law in Nunavut's Environmental Impacts Assessment Regime, University of New Brunswick Law Journal 68 U.N.B. L.J. 202, 2017.


Professor Dylan is actively involved on several Lakehead University Committees,  serves on Research Ethics Boards, and is actively involved generally in the Thunder Bay community.