Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Cherie Metcalf

Associate Dean (Academic) and Associate Professor
B.A. (Hons.)(Queen's), M.A., Ph.D. (Econ.)(U.B.C.),LL.B. (Queen's), LL.M. (Yale)

Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74267
fax: (613) 533-6509
e-mail: metcalfc@queensu.ca


Teaching Subjects

  • Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Economics
  • International Environmental & Resource Law

Current Research

My research is primarily concerned with public law, broadly defined, which I approach from a law and economics perspective. I am currently working on issues involving the influence of public law on private actors, specially examining the significance of constitutional protection for property rights. I also have a particular interest in Indigenous peoples' rights and environmental and resource management.

Selected Professional Achievements

Grants & Awards

  • Queen’s Senate Advisory Research Committee Grant for project - “Property Law Culture: Public Law, Private Preferences & the Regulation of Property” (4-A Grant (2012), SARC (2011))
  • Faculty Scholar, BLG Research Fellowship, Queen's Law Faculty (2008)
  • Fulbright/OAS Ecology Scholarship (2006-2007, Yale Law School)
  • John Vanderkamp Prize (best paper in Canadian Public Policy in 2004


  • International Society for New Institutional Economics Conference, University of Southern California (2012), Stanford (2011)
  • Society for Environmental Law & Economics Conference, IU Maurer School of Law (2012) Emory Law School (2010)
  • American Law & Economics Association Conference, Columbia Law School (2011)
  • Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Yale Law School (2010)
  • Selected for Stanford-Harvard International Junior Faculty Forum (2008)
  • Law & Society Summer Institute (2005, Oxford)


  • Supreme Court of Canada (2003-2004, Justice W.C. Ian Binnie)
  • Federal Court of Appeal (2002-2003, Justice Stone and Strayer)

Selected Publications

  • "Property Rights, Resource Access and Long Run Growth" (with I. Keay) (2011) 8 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (792)
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility as Global Public Law: Third Party Rankings as Regulation by Information” (2010) 28 Pace Envt’l L. Rev. 145
  • “Emerging Paradigms of Rationality: Theory & Applications” (2009) 35 Queen’s L.J. 1
  • "Compensation as Discipline in the Justified Limitation of Aboriginal Rights: The Case of Forest Exploitation" (2008) 33 Queen’s L.J. 385
  • "Aboriginal Rights, Customary Law and the Economics of Renewable Resource Exploitation" (with I. Keay) (2004) 30 Canadian Public Policy 1
  • "Indigenous Rights and the Environment: Evolving International Law" (2003-4) 35 Ottawa L. Rev. 101- reprinted in Human Rights and the Environment, Dinah L. Shelton (ed.) (Edward Elgar, 2011)