Michael Ilg

Dr. Michael Ilg



Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.6479


Office: MFH4342


Educational Background

PhD University of British Columbia, 2008

LLM Queen's University, 2003

JD Queen's University, 2002

BA Political Science, Queen's University, 1999


Professor Ilg joined the faculty of law in 2007. Professor Ilg holds a JD and LLM from Queen's University, and a PhD in law from the University of British Columbia. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: "The Diversity & Evolution of Competition: A Liberal Law and Economics Theory for the International System."

Professor Ilg regularly teaches contracts, remedies, law and economics, and law and development.

Research Activities

Professor Ilg’s research generally addresses individual rights from an economic perspective. Most recently, he has applied economic reasoning to selected topics within constitutional theory, including aboriginal rights, freedom of expression, and federalism.


Areas of Research

Legal Theory, Law and Development


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 402 Contracts
LAW 567 Law and Economics
LAW 575 Remedies


  • "Keynesian Federalism". Michael Ilg. Oxford U Comparative L Forum. (2019)
  • "Freedom from Development". Michael Ilg. 12(2) Law & Development Review. 323-349. (2019)
  • "Economy of pain: When to regulate offensive expression". Michael Ilg. 16(3) International Journal of Constitutional Law. 806-835. (2018)
  • "Profit, Persuasion, and Fidelity: Why People Follow the Rule of Law". Michael Ilg. Law and Development Review. (2017)
  • “Culture and Competitive Resource Regulation: A Liberal Economic Alternative to Sui Generis Aboriginal Rights”. Michael Ilg. 62(3) University of Toronto Law Journal. 403-438. (2012)
  • "Complexity, Environment, and Equitable Competition: A Theory of Adaptive International Rule Design". Michael Ilg. 41 Georgetown International Law Journal. 647-681. (2010)
  • "Accounting for Bad News: Securities Fraud Litigation and the Equal Application of Market Efficiency". Michael Ilg. 43 Creighton Law Review. 471-504. (2010)
  • "Market Competition in Aid of Humanitarian Concern: Reconsidering Pharmaceutical Patents". Michael Ilg. 9 Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property. 145-178. (2010)
  • "The International Coordination of Competition: A Proposal for the Joining of Environmental Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility". Michael Ilg. 17 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. (2007)
  • "A Place for Individual (im)Perfections: Diversity and the Promotion of Equitable Rights". Michael Ilg. 21 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. (2006)
  • "Radical Change, Legal Pragmatism, and Individual Paths to Progress". Michael Ilg. 39 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. (2006)
  • "Imposing Self-interest: Behavioural Law and Economics, the Ultimatum Game, and Value Possibilities". Michael Ilg. 28 Dalhousie Law Journal. (2005)
  • "Disclosure, Consumer Choice, and the Liberalization of Agricultural Trade". Michael Ilg. 3 Santa Clara Journal of International Law. (2005)
  • "Environmental Harm and Dilemmas of Self-Interest: Does International Law Exhibit Collective Learning?". Michael Ilg. 18 Tulane Environmental Law Journal. (2004)
  • "Cyclical Federalism: A Keynesian Approach to Constitutional Interpretation". Annual Conference of the Canadian Law and Economics Association. (2012)
  • "Culture and Competitive Resource Regulation: A Liberal Economic Alternative to Sui Generis Indigenous Rights". Law & Society Association, International Conference on Law & Society, Sociolegal Conversations across a Sea of Islands. (2012)
  • "A Theory of Liberal Rights for Aboriginal Self-Determination and Development in Light of Globalization". Canadian Law and Society. (2010)
  • "Market Competition in Aid of Humanitarian Concern: Reconsidering Pharmaceutical Patents". Annual Meeting of the Canadian Law and Economics Association. (2009)
  • "Reconciling International Health Priorities with Economic Incentives for Research and Development". Workshop on Managing Business Risk. (2009)