Dr. Michael Byers is an academic with a broad vision of the world and what it should be. He has expertise in international law and a particular interest in the Arctic. Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.
Prior to 2005, he was Professor of Law and Director of Canadian Studies at Duke University; from 1996-1999 he was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University.
He is a regular contributor to Canadian media and an author. His most recent book is “Who Owns the Arctic?”, described by Thomas Berger as “A much-needed road map for policy-makers and an unusually readable guide for every concerned citizen who wants to understand Canada’s choices in the Arctic.“
Michael lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife and two young children and serves on the board of The Salt Spring Forum, a place for new ideas holding workshops and conferences. Decorated media star Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is expected to be the next guest speaker.
Ms. Goodman you might remember is the award-winning journalist who scared the Harper Government. Scheduled in Vancouver for a 2009 talk at the Vancouver Public Library, HarperCons were nervous that she might criticize VANOC, the Olympics and other things they hold dear.
As a result, immigration officials detained her at the border for a time and served a departure notice forcing her to leave Canada immediately after her speech.