Martha Bailey, is a Professor of law at Queen’s, where her courses include property law and private international law. In addition to her LLB, LLM and DPhil in Law, she holds a MSc degree in neuroscience and is cross-appointed to Queen’s Centre for Neuroscience Studies. Her research focuses on cross-border family law and, more recently, indigenous self-governance in private family law. She has been a visiting scholar/professor at several law faculties, including Otago, Laval, Melbourne, Emory, and India’s NALSAR University.


  • “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