Benjamin Perryman

Assistant Professor

Law, Faculty of

Room 216

1 506 447 3398

Research interests

  • constitutional law
  • comparative law
  • evidence
  • international law


Benjamin’s research focuses on the science of happiness and its contributions to constitutional adjudication in different countries. He also writes about law and politics.

Benjamin holds an LLM (Yale), JD (Osgoode Hall), MDE (Development Economics) (Dalhousie), and BSc (UBC). He is a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Trudeau Scholar.

Before joining the Faculty of Law, Benjamin taught at the Schulich School of Law and Saint Mary’s University, practised in the area of human rights law, and clerked at the Federal Court (Canada) and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

Benjamin is a human rights adjudicator and is called to the bars of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Courses taught

  • Constitutional law (Law 1600)
  • Conflict of laws (Law 2323)

Selected publications

B. Perryman, 2018. Adducing Social Science Evidence in Constitutional Cases. Queen’s Law Journal, 44:1, 121–176.

B. Perryman, 2018. Rights-Protecting iCourts: The Curious Case of the OP-ICESCR. In Marlene Wind, ed, International Courts and Domestic Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

B. Perryman, 2017. Alternative Fact? More Democratic States Are More Likely to Provide Refugee Protection. Alberta Law Review, 55:1, 127–166.

B. Perryman, 2013. The Impact of International Law and Domestic Human Rights Law on Canada’s Judicial Supervision of the 1951 Refugee Convention. In James C. Simeon (ed), The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 123–147.