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Dr. Janis Sarra, S.J.D.




Dr. Janis Sarra is Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her publications include ten books and more than one hundred articles in the areas of corporate finance, corporate governance and management, securities law, and commercial insolvency law.

Dr. Sarra currently serves as the Editor and Chair of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law. She was formerly a Director of the Canadian Insolvency Foundation and Director of the Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals Association (CAIRP).

Dr. Sarra was previously Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC, and until 2007, was the Associate Dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Dr. Sarra held several positions within public policy development such as, the World Bank Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Task Force, the Working Group on Insolvency of Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Corporate Groups and Cross-Border Insolvency Law. She is currently a member of the Canadian Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group V on Insolvency Law.

Dr. Sarra holds five degrees from the University of Toronto in Political Science, Economics and Law.

Dr. Sarra was elected to the Board of Directors of Assuris in 2017.