Dr. Phillip Drew (JD ‘00 & LL.M. ’12) joined the Faculty of Law as Assistant Dean, Juris Doctor and Graduate Legal Studies in January 2020, after having spent four years as an Associate Professor at Australian National University.   Dedicated to student well-being and success, Phil’s main areas of responsibility are student affairs and the administration of the JD, LLM and PhD programs.  

Phil brings a mix of professional and academic experience to the position. A graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, he served in the Canadian Forces for thirty-one years before retiring in 2014. After spending the first half of his military career in Military Intelligence he began Law School at Queen’s in 1997.  After completing his JD he returned to his military career as a lawyer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. Following his retirement from the military Phil was appointed as a senior consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, where he worked primarily in areas of Maritime Security and Counter-Piracy, mostly in West-Africa.  He is currently the only lawyer in the world who is certified as a Qualified Expert by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Phil has a Doctorate in Law (Dr. Iuris) from the University of Frankfurt (Oder), and is widely recognized as a leading authority on the Law of Maritime Blockade.