Cherie Metcalf is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Law and cross-appointed in the Department of Economics. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics before turning to legal studies. After her LLB at Queen's, she clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal and for former Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada, then did her LLM at Yale on a Fulbright scholarship. 

Professor Metcalf's research area is Law & Economics. She has used economic theory and empirical methods to study Indigenous rights, including the Supreme Court’s s. 35 Aboriginal rights cases. Another research strand relates to the relationship between law and norms and the application of insights from behavioural economics to study legal institutions. She generally studies issues in environmental and resource law and her most recent work is on climate change. Together with her co-author, Ian Keay, she was twice awarded the Vanderkamp prize for best paper in Canadian Public Policy. She has recently received grants from the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research. She has been an invited visiting scholar at the University of Colorado (Faculty of Law & Institute of Behavioral Sciences Institutions Program), and Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. 


Selected Publications
  • “Carbon Pricing & Constitutional Change” National Journal of Constitutional Law (forthcoming, 2023)
  • “Beliefs, Information, and Institutions: Public Perception of Climate Change Information Provided by Government vs. the Market” 47 William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 1 (forthcoming, 2023)
  • “Incentivized Torts: An Empirical Analysis” (with J. Shahar Dillbary & Brock Stoddard) (2021) 115(5) Northwestern University Law Review 1337-1404  
  • “Property Rights & Natural Resource Values: Recognition of Indigenous Rights in Canada” (with Ian Keay), (2021) 47 (1) Canadian Public Policy 18-55  
  • “Is a Fine still a Price? Replication as Robustness in Empirical Legal Studies” (with Emily A. Satterthwaite, J. Shahar Dillbary & Brock Stoddard), (2020) 63 International Review of Law & Economics (Replication Conference Special Issue)
  • “The (Ir)Relevance of Constitutional Property Rights: Compensation for Takings in Canada and the US” (2015) 65(3) University of Toronto Law Journal 143 (Selected for Stanford-Harvard International Jr. Faculty Forum) 
  • “Property Rights, Resource Access & Long Run Growth” (with I. Keay) (2011) 8 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 792 (Selected for CELS Conference Volume) 
  • "Aboriginal Rights, Customary Law and the Economics of Renewable Resource Exploitation" (with I. Keay) (2004) 30 Canadian Public Policy 1