University of Calgary

Nicholas Stephen Rafferty

  • Professor Emeritus of Law

Bar admissions

Member of the Alberta Bar


Nick is the winner of numerous teaching awards, including Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards in 2006/2007, 1999/2000, 1998/1999. 1997/1998, 1993/1994 and 1988/1989  These awards recognizes the outstanding achievement and contributions to students in the classroom by exceptional teachers. In 2006, he was the first winner of the Faculty of Law's Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Non-exclusive criteria for the Award are teaching excellence in a defined period, prolonged high level teaching performance, teaching methodology, and contribution to curriculum. Nick also delivered the University's third annual Lecture of a Lifetime on April 22, 2010.  This event, presented by the University of Calgary Senate, and sponsored by the University of Calgary Alumni, the Calgary Jewish Community Council and the Ismailia Community, acknowledges and showcases one faculty member with a long record of exceptional teaching at the U of C.

Research/Scholarly Activities

Nick's research focuses on conflicts of law, aka private international law. He is a co-author of Stephen G.A. Pitel and Nicholas Rafferty, Conflict of Laws (Toronto, Irwin Law Inc., 2010) and the editor of Nicholas Rafferty (ed.): Joost Blom, Elizabeth Edinger, Stephen G.A. Pitel, Nicholas Rafferty, Genevi√®ve Saumier, Janet Walker, Catherine Walsh, Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text and Materials, 3rd ed (Toronto, Emond Montgomery Publications Ltd., 2010).

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