Maureen Maloney

Professor Emeritus
Public Policy


Maureen Maloney joined the School of Public Policy as a professor in 2010. Professor Maloney was previously the Chair in Law and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria between 2000-2010. She returned to the University of Victoria following a term as Deputy Minister to the Attorney General (1993 to 2000) and Deputy Attorney General (1997 to 2000) of the Province of British Columbia. Before assuming these positions, Prof. Maloney was the first woman Dean of Law in British Columbia. She has published and lectured extensively. Her current teaching and research interests relate to justice systems, international human rights, and conflict management/resolution.

Professor Maloney is and has been actively involved in international governance, dispute resolution and human rights projects in South-East Asia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa. She is a board member of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section) and a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Foundation for International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (The Hague). She is a recent board member of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. She has also served as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal based in Ottawa.

Research Interests

  • Justice Systems, International Human Rights, Conflict Management and Resolution

Selected Publications 


John Borrows, Maureen Maloney & Dawnis Kennedy, Developing Justice: the Interrelationship of Justice Strategies and Economic Strategies for Urban Aboriginal Communities (Victoria, B.C.: Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria, 2006) 171 pp.


"Dancing out of Conflict", (solicited peer reviewed book chapter) in The Role of Dance in Conflict (Tentative Title) 2012 or 2013.

"Conflict as Opportunity in Collaborative Governance Processes and Structures in Metropolitan Areas" in Inclusion, Collaboration and Urban Governance: Learning and Institutional Capacity Building, 2010, Editora PUC Minas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Published in English and Portuguese)

"From Retributive Justice to Restorative Justice: A Movement Sweeping the Western World" in Re-Assessing and Reforming the Labour Re-Education System in China (Beijing: Centre of Criminal Law and Justice, University of Political Law and Science Press, 2008) 311-320. (Published in Chinese).

Peace-Building: The Role of Human Rights and Appropriate Conflict Management and Resolution Mechanisms" in Peace Building in Asia Pacific: The Role of Third Parties (Khon Kaen, Thailand: Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2007) 1-19.

"Implementing the ICCRP and UNCAC: Disclosure of Evidence and the Protection of Witnesses – A Gender Analysis" in The Implementation of United Nations Conventions in the Criminal Justice System (College for Criminal Law Science at the Faculty of Law at Beijing University, (Beijing Normal University Press and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Press, Germany, 2007) 175-192,

"Women and Canadian Criminal Justice Reform: A Gender Analysis" in Promoting Criminal Justice Reform: A Collection of Papers from the Canada-China Cooperation Symposium (Vancouver: International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, June 2007) 427-446,

"Anti-Corruption Impacts and Measures: Human Trafficking: A Gender Analysis" in Vincent Yang, ed., Issues in UNTOC and UNCAC (China University of Political Science and Law Press, 2007) 299-231. (Published in Chinese).


"The Impact of the Legal System on Family Group Conferencing" (working title) for peer reviewed article (2012-2013). (Co-authored)

"Traditional Aboriginal Dispute Resolution Mechanisms" (working title) for peer reviewed article (2012-2013) (co-authored)

Ney, Stoltz and Maloney, (2011 in press), "Voice, Power and Discourse: Experiences of FGC Participants in the Context of Child Protection" British Journal of Social Work, 1-19.

Maloney and Ney, "Bringing Narrative Inquiry to Family Group Conferencing," (2008). 23 (4) American Journal of Child Protection, 48-60.

Postcards from the Edge (of Empire)" (2008) 17:1 Social & Legal Studies 5 -38. (co-authored: Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey, Gillian Calder, Angela Cameron, Maneesha Deckha, Rebecca Johnson, Hester Lessard, Maureen Maloney, and Margot Young)


Carla Bortoletto, Tara Ney and Maureen Maloney, Family Group Conferencing: Summary and Recommendations of Best Practices (Victoria: 2011) 58 pp.

Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Maureen Maloney & Varaporn Chamsanit, Towards an ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (Bangkok, Thailand: Office of Human Rights and Social Development, Mahidol University, 2008) 150 pp.

Nicholas Isaacs, Maureen Maloney & Tara Ney, Family Group Conferencing: An Annotation and Critical Review of the Existing Literature, (Victoria, B.C.: Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria, 2008) 53 pp.