Dustin takes a holistic approach to advocacy. In addition to litigation, Dustin develops effective alternative advocacy strategies that can involve law reform initiatives, public and media campaigns, community or movement-building, negotiation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Dustin has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and has been involved in matters before the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has international experience, consulting on constitutional and human rights matters in South Africa, including coordinating a successful intervention before the Constitutional Court of South Africa promoting equality rights. He has represented individuals, corporations, non-governmental organizations, public interest groups, as well as government agencies.
Dustin is deeply committed to community-building, promoting social justice, and improving the lives of disadvantaged, marginalized, and vulnerable peoples. He is particularly interested in how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can tangibly improve lives.
Dustin is currently finishing his Master of Laws degree at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University with a focus on the intersection of constitutional law, international law, and climate change.
Dustin practices in English and continues to study and improve his French.
“Can Canada’s ‘Living Tree’ Constitution and Lessons From Foreign Climate Litigation Seed Climate Justice and Remedy Climate Change?” (2018) 31:3 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice (forthcoming June 2018)
Presentation: “Applying LGBTQ+ Awareness in Your Legal Practice”, Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Public Sector Lawyers and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee Joint Presentation, Vancouver, 5 April 2018
Presentation: “International Climate Change Litigation”, Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Summit, Marrakech, Morocco, 11 December 2017
Presentation: “Climate Change Environmental Impact Assessment Litigation”, South Africa Environmental Law Association Conference, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 15 September 2017
Presentation: “Can Canada’s ‘Living Tree’ Constitution and Lessons From Foreign Climate Litigation Seed Climate Justice and Remedy Climate Change?”, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice Conference on the Paris Agreement, Halifax, 16 June 2017
Presentation: “Can Canada’s ‘Living Tree’ Constitution and Lessons From Foreign Climate Litigation Seed Climate Justice and Remedy Climate Change?”, American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 29 April 2017
“The Inclusion of Aviation into the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme: Motivations, Economic and Legal Implications, and the Turbulent Journey Ahead” (2013) 13 University College Dublin Law Review 1 (with Grit Groeke, Eoin Lee, Tobias Track, and Stefany Wayte)
A.B. v. C.D., 2019 BCCA 297 (family law and healthcare law; capacity of mature transgender minor to provide informed consent to gender-affirming treatment including hormone therapy; availability of protection orders under BC’s family law legislation to stop misgendering, deadnaming, and coercion of transgender minor; scope of freedom of expression and parental liberty rights of parent opposed to the medical treatment and protection order)
Tsalamandris v Tsalamandris, 2015 BCSC 92 (estate and trust law, removal of trustee)
Brown v Terins, 2016 BCSC 42 (estate and trust law, wills variation action, effect of cohabitation agreement, operation of the Family Law Act)
Laubscher NO v Duplan and Another, 2016 ZACC 44 (Constitutional Court of South Africa) (constitutional law, statutory and court order interpretation, continued recognition of same-sex life partners)
Ramuhovhi and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others, 2017 ZACC 41 (Constitutional Court of South Africa) (constitutional law, equal recognition of partners in polygynous customary marriages)
Canadian Bar Association (past executive member of both CBABC and OBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee sections)
Start Proud (Co-Founder of Vancouver chapter)
Dustin previously practiced with a leading estate and trust law boutique and articled with a large regional firm, both located in Vancouver.
He has substantial international experience and served as a clerk to the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Bess Nkabinde (former Acting Chief Justice) and Acting Justice Jody Kollapen.
Prior to his clerkship at the Constitutional Court, Dustin was a legal consultant with the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s largest and oldest human rights legal clinic and advocacy organization, as part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Young Lawyers International Program.
During his LL.M. studies, Dustin was awarded the 2017 Colin B. Picker Graduate Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law for top graduate student submission, selected by a global panel of expert academics in comparative law.
While at law school at UBC, Dustin received several awards including course prizes for high standing in Administrative, Constitutional, and Contract Law. He also received awards for his commitment to civil rights and contribution to the activities and welfare of the law school.