Martha Bailey is a Professor of Law at Queen’s University, where she teaches Contracts, Family Law, and Conflict of Laws. She has also taught International Family Law in the Osgoode Hall Law School Professional LLM program and Comparative Law in the Bader International Study Centre Global Law Program. She was awarded the LSS Teaching Excellence Award in 2009. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Iowa, NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India, Melbourne University, Emory Law School, and Vermont Law School.

Professor Bailey received her doctorate from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis was a comparative study of access to children. Her continuing research primarily focuses on cross-border aspects of family law. She has written various reports for the Government of Canada, including “Implementation of the 1996 Hague Convention into Ontario Legislation,” a report for Canada’s Department of Justice in 2010. 


  • “Revisiting the Best Interests of the Child Principle” (2016) Supreme Court Law Review, forthcoming
  • “Canada’s Conflicted Approach to International Child Abduction” in William Atkin, ed, International Survey of Family Law (Jordans, 2016) 81
  • “Setting Boundaries” in William Atkin, ed, International Survey of Family Law (Jordans, 2015) 21
  • (with Amy Kaufman) “Should Civil Marriage be Opened up to Multiple Parties?” (2015) 64 Emory Law Journal 1747
  • “Criminal Law and Polygamy,” in Janet Bennion, ed, The Polygamy Question (Utah State UP, 2015)
  • “Cross-border Child Welfare: The Lev Tahor Case” (2014) Canadian Family Law Quarterly 367

Conference Presentations:

  • “Family Law and the Realities of Family Life,” paper presentation at the International Society of Family Law conference, Moran, Wyoming, 22-24 May 2016
  • “The Hague Abduction Convention and Immigration Law Issues,” paper presentation at the Government of Canada Workshop on Intersecting Issues in Family and Immigration Law, 24 February 2016
  • “Marriage Law in Jane Austen’s World,” paper presentation at the Jane Austen Society of North American conference, Living in Jane Austen’s World, Louisville, Kentucky, 9-11 October 2015