Dr. Julie Macfarlane is Professor of Law and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Windsor. She has researched and written extensively on dispute resolution and in particular the role of lawyers. Her books include The New Lawyer : How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law (University of British Colombia Press 2008) and Islamic Divorce in North America : Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society (Oxford University Press 2012). Her current research is with self-represented litigants in family and civil court (The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Project; see www.representingyourselfcanada.com)

Previous Work Experience

  • July 2014 – present Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
  • July 1999 – June 2014 Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; (August 1993  July 1995 Assistant Professor, 1996-1999 Associate Professor).
  • January 2011 – June 2014, Professor of the Practice, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • 2002/3 Virtual Scholar in Residence, (“Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice”) Law Commission of Canada. The responsibility of the Scholar in Residence was to “ghostwrite” a comprehensive policy paper for the Law Commissioners submitted to the Canadian Minister of Justice in August 2003. (http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/JL2-22-2003E.pdf)
  • July 2001 – June 2003 Visiting Professor (0.5), Osgoode Hall Law School (Co-Director, Masters in Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • 1990   1992 Principal Lecturer and Associate Head, Department of Professional Legal Education, Faculty of Law, City University of Hong Kong (postgraduate professional qualifying program for entry to Hong Kong legal practice). 
  • January   June 1990 Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (on leave from Anglia Polytechnic University, below).
  • 1987   1990 Senior and then Principal Lecturer, Department of Law, Anglia Polytechnic University, United Kingdom  
  • 1984 1987 Researcher, Department of Law, South Bank Polytechnic, London, United Kingdom (doctoral research).
  • 1981   1983 Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland


  • Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor 2014
  • 2012 Scholar of the Year, Institute for Social Policy Understanding (ispu.org)
  • 2008 Established Creative Scholar of the Year, University of Windsor
  • 2005 Award of Excellence (for contributions to the field of mediation in research and practice) from the International Academy of Mediators (IAM)
  • 2005 Research Excellence Award, University of Windsor
  • Published numerous articles, books and government reports on legal education, dispute resolution and the changing practice of law


  • PhD (South Bank Polytechnic, now University of the South Bank, C.N.N.A.) 1988 
  • LLM (London University) 1984, London School of Economics School Scholar  
  • B.A. Hons (Durham University) Law and Politics 1979