Kristen Boon
Kristen Boon
Susan & Perry Dellelce Dean

BA, MA (McGill)
LLM (Columbia)
JSD (Columbia)

57, Louis-Pasteur St., Room 111


Kristen Boon is the inaugural Susan & Perry Dellelce Dean of Common Law.

Dean Boon’s vision for the Faculty of Law - Common Law Section is to build community through inclusive collaboration. Her leadership focusses on fostering a just and equitable environment that invites full representation and participation. As Dean, she is committed to ensuring students have a truthful understanding of the Indigenous experience in Canada, and the role of law as both a restraining and an empowering force.

Dean Boon’s work encompasses public and private law, with particular interest in international responsibility, access to justice, and immunities. She is an expert in international law and contracts and has published articles on investor / state arbitration, sanctions, state responsibility, and international organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer and has presented on more than 50 panels and engagements internationally. Her current research is focussed on issues relating to state owned entities, access to justice in international law, and the law of immunities. She has also been awarded visiting fellowships from the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law, the European University Institute, and the University of Oslo Faculty of Law. Dean Boon is a former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and a current member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council.

Dean Boon has long been concerned with questions of Indigenous rights, and wrote her Master’s thesis at McGill University on Indigenous Self Governance in Canada. 

Dean Boon was a law professor at a US university for 15 years before joining uOttawa.  She is a former Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development where she chaired multiple committees and held many service-oriented roles, involving oversight of aspects of experiential learning, clinical education, faculty development, and university relations.

Dean Boon began her legal career as a Litigation Associate at the New York firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She is a former Canadian Supreme Court Clerk, and she recently served as a visiting academic in the legal bureau of Global Affairs Canada.

Dean Boon is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the New York Bar.

She is delighted to have returned to Canada with her family, and to be raising her three children in Ottawa.

Selected Publications:

Selected Shorter Pieces:

  • Kristen Boon, New Approaches to Attribution, in M.J. Durkee (ed.) States, Firms and their Legal Fictions: Attributing Identity and Responsibility to Artificial Entities, CUP, forthcoming 2023.
  • The State of the Netherlands v. Respondents & Stichting Mothers of Srebrenica 114 Am J. In’t L. 479 (2020).
  • Reputation and the Accountability Gap, 113 AJIL Unbound 233 (2019).
  • Jurisdictional Immunities of the UN and Specialized Agencies (book chapter in Ruys, Angelet & Ferro (eds))
  • Timing Matters:  Terminating U.N. Sanctions, in Handbook on UN Sanctions (van den Herik, ed., 2016) (pgs. 236 - 262). 
  • The Role of Lex Specialis in the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations, RESPONSIBILITY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (Maurizio Ragazzi ed., 2013) (pgs. 135-145).
  • Review of D. Hovell, The Power of Process:  The Value of Due Progress in Security Council Decision Making, 64 Neth. Int’ Law Rev 177 (2017) (book review).
  • Commentary on the Prewitt and Noloklava cases, The Law of International Organizations, Oxford University Press (2015).
  • New Directions in Responsibility:  Assessing the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations, 37 Yale J. Int'l L. (On-Line) (2011)