Andrew Irvine is a professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, and holds a courtesy appointment in UBC’s Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. He is a past vice-chair of UBC’s Board of Governors and a past president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. His academic work has been translated into French, Spanish, Greek and Italian and he is a member of Canada’s Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship. Irvine has argued that modern constitutional conceptions of the rule of law can trace their roots to Socrates’ demand that even lawmakers must be bound by the law, and that in its modern form the rule of law helps resolve tensions between national security and public accountability, a point picked up by the Supreme Court of Canada. Irvine is the author of the first scholarly bibliography of Canada’s premier literary prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
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