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Photo of Professor Phil Lord of Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.
Phil Lord is an Assistant Professor at the University of Moncton’s Faculty of Law. He was when appointed and remains the youngest law professor in Canada. 

Phil previously served as an instructor at Carleton University's Department of Law and a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. Prior to that, he started two companies, worked in the financial services industry, and practiced civil and commercial litigation in Montreal. 
Phil graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law with degrees in civil and common law, on the Dean’s Honor List and with the highest standing in property law and constitutional law. He subsequently pursued an LL.M. as a Bombardier scholar and a Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School, which he completed in just two years while teaching full-time. Phil is called to the bar in New York, Massachusetts, and Quebec. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Financial Planner, and he holds two securities designations. 

Phil has authored over 25 academic articles, most peer-reviewed. His research focuses on public law (principally employment and taxation law), behavioral economics, and new religious movements. Phil also writes on other things, such as Quebec’s Bill 21, children’s literature, and the porn industry. A free version of each of his articles can be accessed at

Although he does wear the same outfit every day, Phil tries to spend some of his free time leaving his narrow comfort zone. He has traveled to 42 countries and run three marathons. Last summer, with one spare set of clothes, he walked 900 kilometers across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. That got him thinking it would make sense to ascend the Seven Summits. Phil is an avid collector of Scientology books and archival documents, many of which can be consulted during his office hours.

Phil has also failed a lot. His first three grades in law school were B-s, and his final law school transcript lists two B-s and a C — the latter being a particularly unusual grade at McGill. Although the selection rate seems to hover around 75%, Phil wasn’t selected as an editor of the McGill Law Journal. With four manuscripts, he spent almost two years trying to get his first publication. It would be another year before he published in a law review. Phil welcomes discussions about his failures, as he thinks law professors too often lack humility. (He even wrote an article on that.)

Over the past two years, Phil has given interviews to or briefed journalists from nine media outlets. He welcomes media inquiries in his areas of expertise.

Phil can be reached at


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