University of Calgary

Erin Sheley

  • Assistant Professor

Bar Admissions

California, 2006
District of Columbia, 2007


Erin joined the Faculty of Law in 2015. Before coming to Calgary she was a Visiting Associate Professor at the George Washington University Law School and an Olin-Searle Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. She has practiced for several years in the litigation group of the Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While in practice she was commended by the Humane Society of the United States for her pro bono work in the prosecution of dog fighting sponsors. She currently serves as a Board Advisor to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.


Law 410: Crime
Law 507: Evidence
Law: 693: White Collar Crime

Research/Scholarly Activities

Erin's research considers how the law should account for subjective narratives in evaluating criminal and tort harm.  In one line of articles she argues that the law inconsistently takes into account the extent to which a victim’s subjective narrative of her injury contributes to the injury in a way that can and should be formally remedied. In another, she develops the idea that failing to attend to how crime and the criminal justice system interact with cultural narratives prevents us from understanding and responding to important aspects of criminal harm. Drawing on her doctoral work on narrative and cultural memory, she combines insights from the fields of psychology, narrative studies, and sociology to make the case that the narrative aspects of harm ought to play a more consistent role in shaping civil and criminal liability, procedure, evidentiary rules, and remedies.

Research Areas

  • Criminal law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Law and narrative
  • Torts

Erin can supervise LLM students on issues of corporate criminal liability, including liability under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, both of which have targeted oil and gas companies doing business abroad.


Photograph of Erin Sheley


  • PhD
    George Washington University, 2015
  • JD
    Harvard Law School, 2006
  • BA - English
    Harvard University, 2002
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