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British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

The BCLI undertakes law reform projects in the public interest. We bring together academic, expert, and community collaborators to clarify and improve the law, develop innovative, inclusive solutions, and increase access to justice.

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British Columbia Privacy Act

This project involves a review of the Privacy Act of British Columbia, which makes the violation of privacy a tort. The project is directed at updating and revising this statute in light of the many technological ...
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Appointing a Guardian and Standby Guardianship

Parents and other guardians of small children want to ensure that their children will be provided for in case they pass away, or otherwise become unable to care for them. This project explores issues relating to ...
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Unfair Contract Terms

Unfair contract terms are terms that are particularly harsh, grossly one-sided, or unconscionable. This project surveys recent cases dealing with unfair contract terms, the tools that the law currently provides to the ...
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Builders Liens After the Shimco Case

The Shimco case established a controversial remedy under the Builders Lien Act, which provides for a lien against the holdbacks that property owners, contractors, and subcontractors are required to maintain. This ...
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The Variation and Termination of Trusts

Sometimes trusts are created that inadequately address unforeseen circumstances. The project reviews the scope of the court's power to approve variations of trusts and provides a framework for revision of the Trust and ...
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Builders Lien Act

This website contains forms, frequently asked questions, and general information about the Builders Lien Act.
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Questions and Answers About Pension Division

The Family Relations Act provides for the assistance of plans in dividing pensions between spouses on marriage breakdown. This publication reviews developments in the area of pension division in a question and answer ...
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Post-Accident Remedial Measures

The law permits evidence of post-accident remedial measures to be entered in litigation as evidence of negligence. This may discourage people from taking steps to ensure to prevent future accidents. To avoid this ...
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The Ultimate Limitation Period: Updating the Limitation Act

This project examines the ultimate limitation period contained in section 8 of the Limitation Act. It identifies a number of problems associated with section 8 and makes recommendations for improving the ultimate ...
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Real Property Review

This project examines selected topics in real estate law, including unregistered interests, judicial extinguishment of incorporeal interests, joint tenancies, restrictive covenants, and the doctrine of implied grant.
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