Kathryn Chan


Dr. Kathryn Chan is a researcher for the PhiLab project.  Her research will focus on the regulation and internal governance of grantmaking foundations in Canada. Kathryn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where she teaches Non-Profit Sector Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Law and Religion.  Between 2009 and 2013, she undertook doctoral research on comparative charity regulation as a Trudeau Foundation Scholar at the University of Oxford. Her first book, The Public-Private Nature of Charity Law, was published by Hart Bloomsbury in November 2016.  She previously practiced at a boutique charity law firm in Vancouver and is a former executive member of both the national and BC branches of the CBA Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Subsection.


  • Kathryn Chan, The Public-Private Nature of Charity Law (Oxford: Hart Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Kathryn Chan, “Identifying the Institutional Religious Freedom Claimant” (2017) 95:3 Cdn Bar Review 707
  • Kathryn Chan, “The Perils of Federalizing the Private Law: a Case Study of the Income Tax Act Gift Concept” (2017) 50:3 UBC Law Review 579
  • Kathryn Chan, “The Advancement of Religion as a Charitable Purpose in an Age of Religious Neutrality” (2017) 6:1 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion112
  • Kathryn Chan, “The Function (or Malfunction) of Equity in the Charity Law of Canada’s Federal Courts” (2016) 2 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law33
  • Kathryn Chan, “The Co-optation of Charitable Resources by Threatened Welfare States” (2015) 40:2 Queen’s Law Journal 561

Awards and distinctions

  • 2015 Scholarly Paper Award, Canadian Association of Law Teachers (for “The Co-optation of Charitable Resources by Threatened Welfare States” (2015) 40:2 Queen’s Law Journal 561)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, January-July 2015
  • Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, Trudeau Foundation, 2009 – 2012
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral), Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2009-2012