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Michael Marin

Dean and Associate Professor

LLM (University of Cambridge)

Law, Faculty of

Room 214B

1 506 453 4627

Research interests

  • corporate governance
  • economic justice
  • civil liability of directors & officers
  • law of cooperatives
  • university discipline
  • clinical legal education & access to justice


Michael Marin joined UNB Law in July 2016 after four years at the University of Ottawa, where he was a full-time professor and founding Academic Director of the Business Law Clinic. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Dean, and in July 2021, he became Dean of the Faculty.

Dean Marin has assumed major leadership roles at UNB Law, including leading the development of its Strategic Plan. This year-long project involved a consultative process featuring multiple stakeholder engagement strategies. The result is a blueprint for UNB Law’s revitalization that received unanimous support from the Faculty, Senate, and Board of Governors.

Dean Marin is Vice-Chairperson of the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board, an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for adjudicating employment and labour matters through a number of Federal and Provincial Acts. He served as Vice-Chairperson of the New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WCAT), a quasi-judicial tribunal that reviews a variety of determinations concerning the rights of injured workers. In this capacity, he wrote over fifty decisions.

Dean Marin frequently presents to audiences of lawyers and judges on topics related to administrative law and workplace law. He is actively involved in the legal profession, serving on the Atlantic Regional Committee of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, the Council of the Law Society of New Brunswick, and the Council of the Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick Branch.

Dean Marin has a broad research agenda, resulting in publications in the areas of corporate governance, financial regulation, civil liability of corporate agents, and economic aspects of the Constitution. He also writes about university governance and administration.

Before entering academia, Dean Marin practiced corporate and commercial litigation at an international law firm in New York City, and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Hon. Ian Binnie. In 2011-12, he was a Fellow of Action Canada, a program that supports the development of Canada’s emerging public policy leaders.

Dean Marin is a member of the New York Bar, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Law Society of New Brunswick. He holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa, an MA in public policy from Carleton University, and an LLM from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Scholar.

Courses taught

  • Torts
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Clinical Program
  • Jessup Moot

Selected publications

“The Supreme Court’s Strange Brew: History, Federalism and Anti-Originalism in Comeau” (2019) UNB Law Journal, forthcoming (with Kerri Froc, forthcoming).

“Third-Party Liability of Directors and Officers: Reconciling Corporate Personality and Personal Responsibility in Tort” (2019) 42:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 335.

“University Boards as Public Decision-Makers: Clarifying Representative Governance, Obligations, and Enforcement” (2019) 28:2 Education & Law Journal 179-99.

“Organizational Form and Financial Stability: Lessons from Cooperative Banks in the US and UK” in PM Vasudev & Susan Watson, eds., Innovations in Corporate Governance: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2017).

“The Uncertain Scope of Malicious Prosecution: Insights from Canada” (2016) 24:2 Tort Law Review 80.

“University Discipline in the Age of Social Media” (2015) 25:2 Education & Law Journal 31.

“Should the Charter Apply to Universities?” (2015) 35:1 National Journal of Constitutional Law 29.

“Disembedding Corporate Governance: The Crisis of Shareholder Primacy in Canada and the U.K.,” (2013) 39:1 Queen’s Law Journal 223.

Detailed research publications