Michelle LeBaron

Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

Professor Michelle LeBaron is an internationally renowned conflict transformation scholar/practitioner at the Allard School of Law, UBC who has done seminal work in many types of conflict including intercultural, international, family, organizational and commercial.

Over the past ten years, Michelle has brought artists and scholars from multiple disciplines into collaboration with community members to explore how intractable conflict can be addressed using the arts. Her project Dancing at the Crossroads, conducted with internationally-renowned dancer Margie Gillis, explored dance and movement as resources for addressing conflict across social divides. Professor LeBaron's current project is titled Enacting Resilience, conducted in partnership with members of the Vancouver and Surrey Punjabi communities, involves arts as ways to foster community wellbeing.


Primary Recipient Awards

Wall Colloquia Abroad, Michelle LeBaron, 2018

Michelle LeBaron

Being Human Today: The Theory and Practice of Social Transformation through the Arts

Principal Investigator, Professor Michelle LeBaron, Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Allard School of Law.

The colloquia will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from November 30 - December 5, 2015, and April 29 - May 3, 2018.

This colloquia is part of a multi-faceted ongoing inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of the arts and social transformation. It will give us an African-centered opportunity to weave new strands into the rich thinking arising from a series of gatherings including an Peter Wall Institute international roundtable (2012) on resilience, social transformation and the arts, and follow-up meeting (2013). A second colloquium is planned April 29 - May 3, 2018, providing an opportunity to reflect on learnings and research-generated questions, culminating in a book by the four STIAS fellows documenting the research and synthesizing insights.

International Research Roundtables, Michelle LeBaron, 2017

Michelle LeBaron

After the Ink is Dry: strategies and best practices to support durable implementation of complex multi-party agreements

Principal Investigator(s): Professor Michelle LeBaron, Allard School of Law, UBC
This project will bring key scholars, thought leaders, policy-makers, advocates  and decision-makers  together to develop much needed tools, strategies and best practices to support durable implementation of complex, multi-party agreements.

Increasingly, complex public decisions are being made or informed by negotiation involving multi-party collaboration. While extensive theory and case study materials are available on engaging stakeholders and completing multi-party negotiated agreements, little research or writing addresses the implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases that follow. Yet these phases require wholesale attitudinal and relational changes as former adversaries must collaborate to give effect to negotiated outcomes. When relationships shift—often uneasily—from negotiation to implementation, multiple challenges arise that potentially frustrate the durability of agreements. A recent review of the periodical literature in public policy dispute resolution uncovered few frameworks or resources for use 'after the ink is dry'.  This project will address this deficit by formulating and mobilizing innovative, research­ informed resources to  improve the effectiveness of post-agreement  collaboration.

Distinguished Scholars in Residence, Professor Michelle LeBaron, 2013

Michelle LeBaron

Professor LeBaron’s residency at the Peter Wall Institute deepened her focus on arts, conflict transformation and resilience in collaboration with Wall Associate and neuroethicist Dr. Peter Reiner and a global network of scholars and artists. During her tenure, she held an international workshop exploring conflict transformation and resilience via multi-modal arts. Professor LeBaron was also awarded a Wall Colloquium Abroad at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies for 2015 on the same subject.

International Research Roundtables, Michelle LeBaron, 2012

Michelle LeBaron
Cynthia Cohen

Breathing Life into the Ashes: Resilience, Arts and Social Transformation
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Michelle LeBaron, Faculty of Law, UBC; Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University International Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, United States.

Breathing Life into the Ashes: Resilience, Arts and Social Transformation is a roundtable to be convened by the Peter Wall Institute at UBC, Vancouver from October 21 to 27, 2012. It is an exciting opportunity to bring into generative and lively collaboration an intercultural, international group of practitioners and scholars positioned to advance the work of Social Transformation and Arts with the following three purposes: to explore and deepen experience and understandings of individual and collective resilience; to develop an infrastructure to strengthen the resilience and the legitimacy of the field of Social Transformation and the Arts; and to advance understanding of assessment and evaluation in Social Transformation/Arts fields.

Together, participants will examine how social transformation through the arts fosters positive social change in settings around the world. The roundtable will include performances highlighting arts-based work as a response to systemic and other violence that powerfully illustrates the potency of Social Transformation through the Arts. It will provide a forum for planning ways to advance this work and strengthen existing networks.

Co-principal Investigator Awards

International Visiting Research Scholars, María Wills, 2018

María Wills

International Visiting Research Scholars, Geoffrey Corry, 2015

Geoffrey Corry
Michelle LeBaron

International Visiting Research Scholars, Cynthia Cohen, 2013

Cynthia Cohen
Michelle LeBaron


Related Event

Oct 042017
International Research Roundtable
Challenges and opportunities for implementing negotiated multi-party agreements Come and learn about the challenges of implementing complex, multi-party, collaborative agreements...
Jan 122012
The Wall Hour
Peter Wall Institute Lounge 8:00 am - 9:00 am RSVP reservations@pwias.ubc.ca