Ian Townsend-Gault

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Professor Ian Townsend-Gault was a long-standing faculty member at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, who passed away on August 6, 2016. He is remembered for the many contributions he made to the Allard School of Law, to UBC and to the lives and work of his colleagues and students.

Before his appointment at UBC, Ian served for several years as Associate Professor at Dalhousie University. He worked in both the Schulich School of Law and the Institute for Resources and Environmental Studies, helping to found the Marine Affairs Program as well as the Oceans Institute of Canada. Continuing his work on international boundary and environmental issues in Southeast Asia, on his arrival at the Allard School of Law in 1989, he became Founding Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, where he inspired his colleagues with a commitment to building better understanding about legal developments in Asia. His pioneering work on the South China Sea maritime boundary disputes in the early 1990s laid the foundation for much of the international law discourse that followed.

Ian’s eloquence and wit were legendary; he used both to bring people together, a significant supplement to his life’s work. His capacity for friendship and his extraordinary historian’s memory—nourished by voracious reading—all fed into his inspired teaching and the international endeavours that mattered most to him. Throughout his life he found inspiration and solace in the universal medium of music. He is greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and his many former students in Canada and around the world.

The impact of your support

In Ian’s memory, family and friends have created the Ian Townsend-Gault Memorial Graduate Research Award at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Your gift will pay tribute to Ian’s life and career by supporting outstanding students in research-based graduate programs, especially those conducting research in Asian law or international law.

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