Martin Phillipson is Dean, College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the College in 1999 having previously held teaching positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and at the Australian National University. As well as being a member of the teaching faculty, he has served in several senior administrative positions at the University of Saskatchewan, including the position of Interim Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations (2010-2011) and Vice-Provost, College of Medicine (2011-2015), where he led a major restructuring of the medical school at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dean Phillipson received his LLB from Leicester University in the UK and obtained his LLM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. His teaching and research interests lie in the fields of intellectual property law, biotechnology law, international environmental law and the law of property. He was Faculty Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review from 2007-2010 and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, Canada’s leading peer-reviewed environmental law journal, from 2003-2010.
Dean Phillipson is a frequent media commentator on issues relating to agricultural biotechnology and has appeared on CBC's The National and As It Happens. He has also been interviewed by The Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine and The Western Producer in Canada. In the United States he has been interviewed by Legal Affairs and U.S. News & World Report. He has also acted as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme and The Australian federal government.
He has served as a Bencher with the Law Society of Saskatchewan since his appointment as Dean in 2016.