Alana Klein

Assistant Professor

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 508
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-2764 [Office]
alana [dot] klein [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

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Assistant Professor Alana Klein teaches and researches in health law, criminal law, and human rights. The position of marginalized groups and individuals in decentralized and privatized systems and the role of accountability requirements in governance and decision-making are primary preoccupations in her research.

Prior to joining the Faculty, she was a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, where she worked on HIV/AIDS and immigration, legal and other barriers to harm-reduction programs for people who use illegal drugs, and law reform to promote the rights of women and girls in the context of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

She has taught at Columbia Law School and Columbia University and has interned with the International Refugee Program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) and with the Palestinian Ministry of Economy and Trade. In 2002-2003, she was a law clerk to former Supreme Court of Canada justice Louise Arbour and she was appointed to the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2006.


J.S.D. (Columbia) 2011

LL.M. (Columbia) 2005

B.C.L., LL.B. (McGill) 2002

B.A. (Concordia) 1997


Assistant professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law (2008- )

Boulton Fellow, McGill University, Faculty of Law (2007-2008)

Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (2006-2007)

Associate in Law, Columbia Law School (2003-2005)

Law clerk to Hon. Louise Arbour, Supreme Court of Canada (2002-2003)

Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Areas of Interest

Canadian and comparative constitutional law, human rights law, international law, criminal law


Journal articles

A. Klein, "Criminal Law, Public Health, and Governance of HIV Exposure and Transmission" (2009) 13 Int'l J. Hum. Rts. 251.
A. Klein, "Gladue in Quebec" (2009) 54 Crim. L. Q. 506.
A. Klein, "Judging as Nudging: New Governance Approaches for the Enforcement of Constitutional Social and Economic Rights" (2008) 39 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 351.

Research reports

A. Klein, Sticking Points: Barriers to Access to Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada. (Toronto: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, 2007).
A. Klein, Immigration and HIV/AIDS: Final Report. (Montreal: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, 2001).