Murray Rankin, QC*
Murray Rankin, QC was called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1976. His areas of practice include administrative, constitutional, information and privacy, environmental and aboriginal law.
Murray has appeared at all levels of Court, and before numerous administrative and regulatory tribunals. He has provided legal and policy advice to agencies at all levels of government, as well as to the individuals and entities they regulate. Until September 2019, Murray served as Victoria’s Member of Parliament for seven years and was elected Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee for Justice and the Attorney General and the Standing Committee for Health.
Prior to serving in Parliament, Mr. Rankin was a Professor of Law at the University of Victoria, where he taught administrative law and environmental law. In 1990, he co-founded Arvay Finlay, where his practice primarily addressed public law matters. He worked there until joining a national law firm in 2006. During this time he also represented governments, industry and First Nations in aboriginal negotiations and litigation.
Murray was a founding member and former president of the British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a former president of West Coast Environmental Law, past chairman of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia, and past co-chair of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, a student-run legal clinic doing public interest work in environmental law.
He is a regional editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice.
In July 2019 Murray was appointed Chair of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA), responsible for reviewing national security and intelligence activities carried out by the Government of Canada.
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