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Brandon Trask

Assistant Professor

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Teaching Areas

  • Torts and Compensation Systems
  • Environmental Law
  • Negotiation
  • Evidence

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Professor Brandon Trask worked for the Government of Manitoba as a research and policy analyst in the Office of Canada-US and International Relations while he was an undergraduate student in the University of Manitoba’s Global Political Economy Program. After two years of undergraduate studies, Professor Trask was admitted to Robson Hall in 2009. He graduated with his Juris Doctor (JD) in 2012, after gaining litigation experience through his time as a volunteer with the University Law Centre and through his work as a summer student with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.

Professor Trask then completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Toronto during 2012-13 under the supervision of Professor Michael Trebilcock, specializing in the area of law and economics. Professor Trask later returned to the University of Toronto to begin his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) studies under the supervision of Professor Trebilcock, Professor Andrew Green, and Professor Don Dewees.

After articling with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Prosecutions Division and receiving his first call to the Bar in 2014, Professor Trask worked as a Crown Attorney in Newfoundland and Labrador and later in Nova Scotia, most recently with the Appeals and Special Prosecutions Section based in Halifax. While in practice as a Crown Attorney, Professor Trask was involved with hundreds of cases across two levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador and three levels of court in Nova Scotia. He also regularly appeared on behalf of the Crown at the Criminal Code Review Board in Nova Scotia.

Professor Trask has extensive experience teaching via distance through Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Law and Society Program, having taught over 1,100 undergraduate students since January 2015.

Additionally, Professor Trask was formerly a biweekly newspaper columnist with the Canstar Community Newspapers of Winnipeg and has made numerous guest appearances on CBC Radio One.

  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • Constitutional Law (with a particular focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
  • Law and Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Economic and Social Regulation
  • Institutional Design and Development
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Peter Dostal, Brandon Trask & Greg Bembridge, “Technology in Prosecutions” (Delivered at the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service Fall Conference, 26 September 2018)
  • Brandon Trask & Ginger Holmes, “Defending Against Boilerplate Charter Applications” (Delivered at the AGM of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Prosecutions Division, 16 October 2014)
  • Brandon Trask, “Terminal STIs and the Law: Aggravated Sexual Assaults vs. Homicides” (Delivered at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Homicide Course, 25 February 2014)
  • Brandon Trask, “The Economics of Life and Death: Morals and Ethics in an Environment of Medical-Resource Scarcity” (2013) 37 Manitoba Law Journal 233

Professor Trask has an extensive history of community involvement, including:

  • Halifax Representative, Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys’ Association (2017-19)
  • Graduate Students’ Union Representative, University of Toronto Graduate Law Students’ Association (2015-16)
  • Eastern Region Representative, Newfoundland and Labrador Crown Attorneys’ Association (2014-15)
  • Honorary Board Member, Westland Foundation (2011-19)
  • Executive Director, Manitoba Law Students’ Association (2011-12)
  • Member of Board of Governors, St. John’s-Ravenscourt (2010-12)
  • President, St. John’s-Ravenscourt Alumni Association (2010-12)
  • Executive Council Member, Winnipeg High School Hockey League (2005-2013)