Bryan Schwartz holds an LL.B. from Queen's and a Master's and Doctorate in law from Yale Law School. He has been a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba since 1981, and in 1999 became the inaugural Asper Professor of International Business and Trade Law. Bryan is an author/contributor of 27 books and has over 200 publications in all. He is the founding and general editor of both the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law and the Underneath the Golden Boy series, an annual review of legislative developments in Manitoba. Over the years he has received numerous awards and honours for teaching, research and community service. Bryan's practical experience has included acting as counsel for the Pitblado Law firm since 1994. He has advised or presented in a wide variety of public and commercial law cases in a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He has participated in the drafting of briefs or the presentation of oral argument in over a dozen Supreme Court of Canada cases. In recent years his clients have also included federal, provincial, municipal, and aboriginal governments, as well as private individuals, non-profit organizations, and administrative agencies. The issues in which he has been involved include constitutional, aboriginal human rights, labour, the environment, health care reform, and regulation of the professions. Bryan has served as an arbitrator in international trade law cases and labour grievances. He teaches labour law, has been a Canada Labour Code adjudicator since 1994, and has served as a sole arbitrator or panel member in a number of grievances brought under collective agreements.

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Research Areas

    • Constitutional Law
    • Charter of Rights
    • International Law
    • Legislative Process
    • Labour-Management Relations
    • Internet & E-Commerce Law

Selected Publications

  • “The Disruptive Force of the Sharing Economy” with Ellie Einarson (2018) 18 Asper Rev of Int’l Bus & Trade L.
  • “The Constitutionality of the Federal Carbon Pricing Benchmark & Backstop Proposals” (2018) Underneath the Golden Boy 41:1 Man LJ.
  • “Preface” with Darcy MacPherson (2018) Underneath the Golden Boy 41:1 Man LJ.
  • “Issue Overview and Introduction” (2017) 40:1 Man LJ.
  • The Great Transition in Legal Education, ManLJ 39(1), 2017
  • Establishing a Legal Framework for E-Voting in Canada (Elections Canada, 2013)
  • “Reinvigorating the World Trade System” (2013) 13 Asper Rev. Int’l Bus. & Trade L. 1.
  • Admitted but Excluded (Special Edition of The Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, 2011)
  • Revitalizing Manitoba: From supplicant society to diversity and dynamism (Frontier Centre for Public Policy, 2011)
  • “Stifling Innovation in Health Care: The Regional Health Authority System and Restriction on Private Actors” (2010) 34:3 Man LJ 95.
  • “Bill 37: Battle Hymn of the Incumbent” (2009) 6 Underneath the Golden Boy 1.
  • “East vs. West: Evaluating Manitoba Hydro’s Options for a Power Transmission Line” with Perry Cheung, (2007) 7 Asper Rev. of Int’l Bus. & Trade L. 1.
  • “The Canadian Approach to Regulatory Takings” with Melanie Bueckert (2006) Washington University Global Studies Law Review.
  • Valuing Canadians: Options for Voting System Reform in Canada (Law Commission of Canada, 2002)
  • Last Best Hope: Quebec Secession – Lincoln’s Lessons for Canada (Detselig Enterprises Ltd., 1998)
  • Still Thinking. A Guide to the 1992 Constitutional Referendum (Voyageur Press, 1992)
  • Opting In? The New Federal Proposals on the Constitution (Voyageur Press, 1992)
  • First Principles, Second Thoughts, Inst. for Research on Public Policy, 1986
  • Fathoming Meech Lake, Legal Research Inst. of the Univ. of Manitoba, 1987
  • various other periodical articles


  • The Barney Sneiderman Award for Teaching Excellence – 2015
  • University of Manitoba Annual Outreach Award – 1990/91
  • University of Manitoba Rh Award – 1988