Karla O'Regan

Part-time Instructor

Law, Faculty of


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Research interests

  • Criminal law
  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Consent
  • Sexual assault law
  • Social theories of crime


Dr. Karla O'Regan is an Associate Professor of Criminology at St. Thomas University and a part-time lecturer at UNB Law. After obtaining a BA from STU, Dr. O’Regan pursued a JD and a Masters in Criminology from the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters in Law from Dalhousie University.

In 2014, she completed a PhD from the London School of Economics on the legal doctrine of consent. Karla is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has worked for the Federal Department of Justice, the Office of the Children's Lawyer in Ontario, and the private legal sector. She currently chairs the St. Thomas University Research Ethics Board.

Courses taught and current projects

  • LAW 3563 – Advanced Criminal Law
  • Fredericton Police Force Unfounded Sexual Assault Case Review Team
  • Select Criminology courses regularly taught @ STU:
    • CRIM 2123 – Criminal Law
    • CRIM 3223 – Criminal Procedure
    • CRIM 4403 – Feminist Legal Studies

Selected publications

Thinking about Criminal Justice in Canada, 2nd edition. (2017) Co-edited with Susan Reid. Toronto: Emond Publishing.

  • “Criminal Law” in Thinking about Criminal Justice in Canada (2017) Toronto: Emond Publishing: 171-197.
  • “Criminal Procedure and Evidence” in Thinking about Criminal Justice in Canada (2017) Toronto: Emond Publishing: 199-227.

Book Review (2013): Policing Narratives and the State of Terror (R. T. Goodman) in (2013) 14(5) Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 442-443.

Downloading Personhood: A Hegelian Theory of Copyright Law” (2009) 7 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 1-40.