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GARY BOTTING

778-355-6106

garybotting@shaw.ca

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An Experienced Vancouver, BC, Criminal Defence Lawyer

It is critical that you choose carefully when selecting a lawyer to advocate for you. If you have already been convicted of a crime, there are options for fighting the decision in the appellate process. The appeals process is complex, and to be successful, you must have representation that is experienced and has a proven track record of success.

Dr. Gary Botting has these qualities. His law firm provides the highest quality of service. Yet you will find Gary down to earth: He walks the talk. As his client, you will receive:

  • Straightforward and honest legal advice
  • Education about the legal issues involved in your situation
  • Information to make a knowledgeable decision about your legal matter
  • Cost-effective services

Gary Botting is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in criminal defence matters, including extradition law, dangerous offender proceedings and the appeals process. Based in Greater Vancouver, BC, he represents clients throughout British Columbia.

Legal situations can become overwhelmingly costly if not handled by a lawyer who will look out for your best interests. An inexperienced lawyer may not fully understand how to develop a strategy that is most effective yet cost-effective for your situation. When it comes time to choosing a lawyer to protect your rights, choose one who has an established reputation.

At the law firm of G.N.A. Botting, Barrister, you will receive the quality and assertive representation your situation deserves. Dr. Gary Botting represents clients throughout British Columbia in extradition and criminal defence matters.

Gary Botting has been recognized many times with significant awards, including federal fellowships to research extradition law. His Juris Doctor degree at University of Calgary was supported by a Brunet Scholarship. His Ph.D. in law at the University of British Columbia and post-doctorate at the University of Washington were supported by postgraduate fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is an original Paetzold Fellow at UBC. He is recognized across Canada and around the world as highly knowledgeable in extradition matters, and has published several books and presented many academic papers on the subject. Among his 40 published titles are Extradition Between Canada and the United States, Canadian Extradition Law Practice, Fundamental Freedoms and Jehovah's Witnesses, Chief Smallboy: In Pursuit of Freedom, and Wrongful Conviction in Canadian Law.

G.N.A. Botting, Barrister

Dr. Gary Botting is a recognized expert in extradition law in Canada. He has published several books and many articles on extradition, including the foremost text on extradition, Canadian Extradition Law Practice (2015), Halsbury's Laws of Canada: Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance, Extradition: Individual Rights vs. International Obligations, and Extradition Between Canada and the United States. He has also published books on civil liberties and human rights issues, including Wrongful Conviction in Canadian Law, Fundamental Freedoms and Jehovah's Witnesses, and Chief Smallboy: In Pursuit of Freedom. He is ready to use his knowledge and expertise to his clients' advantage.

Gary Botting began his career path at the age of 18 as a journalist with the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Peterborough Examiner in Ontario, and later became an award winning playwright and poet. He obtained many academic credentials, including a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature, an M.F.A. in playwriting, and the LL.B./J.D., LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees in law. Few lawyers have obtained a Ph.D. in law, a distinction that allows his legal practice to stand out significantly from others.

In 1991, Dr. Gary Botting opened his own law firm in Victoria, BC, Gary Botting and Associates, and took dozens of serious criminal cases to trial and appeal — everything from extradition to murder. His several associates took on other aspects of his legal practice. Now as sole practitioner with a primary focus on extradition, he is considered a trusted legal counsel and consultant in extradition matters not just in British Columbia, but across the country. His opinions on extradition are sought by lawyers and published by journalists around the world.

Lawyer since 1991
Location:
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Areas of Practice

  • Extradition Defence
  • Dangerous Offender Law
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Homicide and Major Crime Defence

Education

  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Juris Doctor - 1990
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • LL.B., Bachelor of Laws - 1990
  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, 2005-2007
  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • Visiting Scholar in Law, 2000-2002
  • University of British Columbia, , Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    • Honorary Research Associate, 2007-2009
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Law - 2004
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    • Master of Laws - 1999
  • University of Alberta
    • M.A., Master of Fine Arts (Playwriting) - 1982
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature - 1975
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • M.A., Master of Arts - 1970
    • Major: English
  • Trent University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1968
    • Major: English
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario - 1966
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: Politics

Published Works

  • Crazy Gran (Corpus Christi: Strategic, 2016). A novel re the rise of Chrislamist fundamentalism (fanatic Christianity with an Islamic with twist) set in upstate New York in the week after 9/11/2001.
  • Streaking: the Collected Poems of Gary Botting: Revised Edition (Corpus Christi: Strategic, 2016). Collected poems.
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance, 2015 Reissue (Markham: Butterworths, 2015). Encyclopedic review of the current Canadian law of extradition.
  • Canadian Extradition Law Practice, Fifth Edition (Markham: Butterworths LexisNexis, 2015). Text of and commentary on the Canadian Extradition Act and related statutes. Includes all extradition treaties.
  • Campbell’s Kids (Corpus Christi: Strategic, 2015). A novel re unintended incest and retribution in Alberta.
  • Extradition: International Obligations vs. Individual Rights (Stuttgart, Germany: Lambert, 2012).
  • “Charming the Cobra: The Curious Case of Mark Wilson,” Pacific Free Press, 14 February 2012.
  • “American Prosecutors Exploit Loopholes in Canadian Extradition Law,” Prism Magazine, 13 February 2012.
  • The Least Fair Act on Earth?, Prism Magazine, June, 2011
  • "Canada's Non-Ratification of Extradition Treaties" , International and Transnational Criminal Law
  • Canadian Extradition Law Practice, Markham: Butterworths LexisNexis, 2010
  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada: Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Markham: LexisNexis, 2011
  • Wrongful Conviction in Canadian Law, Markham: Butterworths LexisNexis, 2010
  • Criminal Essentials, Markham: LexisNexis Quicklaw, 2010
  • Canadian Extradition Law Practice, Markham: Butterworths LexisNexis, 2009
  • Criminal Practice, Markham: LexisNexis Quicklaw, 2008
  • Canadian Extradition Law Practice, Markham: Butterworths, 2007
  • "The Supreme Court ‘Decodes’ the Extradition Act: Reading Down the Law in Ferras and Ortega", Queen’s Law Journal, Volume 32, Issue 2, 2007
  • Chief Smallboy: In Pursuit of Freedom , Calgary: Fifth House/Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005
  • Canadian Extradition Law Practice 2005 , Markham: Butterworths LexisNexis, 2005
  • Extradition Between Canada and the United States , New York: Transnational Publishers, 2005
  • “Extradition,” The Oxford Companion to Canadian History, Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2004
  • “‘It’s All Been Done Before,’” “Eagles,” “The Day We Flew with Eagles”, 28 Legal Studies Forum 1 & 2, Spring, 2004
  • “Alternate Routes,” “Small Claims,” “Autumn in New York,” “Canabanadaman”, 27 Legal Studies Forum 1, Spring, 2003
  • “Sentencing and Society: International Perspectives” (review), Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 12 No. 11, 2002
  • "The Kelly Odyssey” , The Lawyer’s Weekly, September, 2002
  • "Extradition, Politics and Human Rights” (review), Richard Brisbin, ed. The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 11 No. 5, 2001
  • Leadership: An Anthology (co-editor, M.E.Symons), Victoria: Royal Roads University, 1998
  • “Witness Evidence Via Live Video Link in the Canadian Criminal Courtroom” (with Hugh Trenchard), 55 The Advocate 4 , June, 1997
  • Fundamental Freedoms and Jehovah's Witnesses , Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1993
  • Lady of My House and Other Poems , Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1986
  • Prime Target: A Play in Two Acts , Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1985
  • The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses (with Heather Botting), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984
  • Winston Agonistes , Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1984
  • Crux, Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1983
  • Freckled Blue and Other Poems , Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1979
  • Lady Godiva on a Plaster Horse , Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1977
  • A William Golding Bibliography , Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1976
  • Thinking As a Hobby: The Novels of William Golding , Edmonton: Harden House, 1975
  • Monomonster in Hell , Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1975
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction of English As a Second Language (co-author), Red Deer: Red Deer College Press,1973
  • Streaking!, Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1993
  • The Box Beyond , Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1972
  • Harriott!, Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1972
  • Perambulance and Pipe Dream: Two Plays , Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1972
  • Prometheus Rebound: A Dramatic Poem, Edmonton: Harden House of Canada, 1972
  • The Theatre of Protest in America , Edmonton: Harden House, 1971
  • BumweltS, St. Johns: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1969
  • “Canada’s Wrongful Conviction Inquiries: Assuaging the National Guilt” , MediaGeode Technologies- sponsored public lecture, Oddfellows Hall, Victoria, B.C., 21 March 2011
  • “Dodging the Tumbling Walls: Extradition in a World Without Borders” , Law Without Borders Conference, 14th Annual Inderdisciplinary Legal Studies Conference, UBC Faculty of Law, Vancouver, B.C., 20 May 2009
  • “Four Shaky Pillars: ‘Evidence’ and ‘Factual Innocence’ in the Steven Truscott Case” , Paper presented as guest lecture at Faculty of Law, U.B.C. on 23 February 2008
  • “Imasees’ Long Flight to Freedom”, Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1 June 2007
  • “Degrees of Innocence", Bridging Law’s Communities, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 30, 2007
  • “First Nations Land Claims to the Mountains of Banff and Jasper National Parks: The Merit of the Arguments of Cree Chief Bobtail Smallboy”, Legal Intersections, Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Conference, 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, Toronto, May 31-June 3, 2006
  • “Far from the Madding Metropolis: The Claim of Chief Bobtail Smallboy to the Mountains of Banff and Jasper National Parks”, Expanding the Polis: Law’s Engagement and Location, Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, May 29-31, 2006
  • “Chief Smallboy’s Land Claim to Banff and Jasper National Parks: Another Nisga’a?”, Whose Law? Why Law? Law’s Empire Interdisciplinary Conference, University of British Columbia, May 4-6, 2006
  • “Assuaging the National Guilt: Deliberations on Wrongful Conviction in Canada”, International Developments in the Innocence Movement, Innocence Network Conference, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, 18 March 2006
  • “Destination – Anywhere: The Illusion of Protected Rights and Reality of Lawful Wrongs in Canada’s Extradition Act”, 10th Annual U.B.C. Conference for Graduate Students in Law, 28 April 2005
  • “The Diminution of Individual Rights in Canadian Extradition Law” , Canadian Law and Society Assn (CLSA) Annual Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 3 June 2004
  • “The Confluence of Extradition Practice in Canada and the United States”, Canadian Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, University of Manitoba, 31 May 2004
  • “Transcending the Limits of Comity: Major Flaws in Canada’s Extradition Act”, 9th Annual U.B.C. Conference for Graduate Students in Law, 30 April 2004
  • “The Dynamics of Extradition Law: Executive Discretion Trumps Judicial Discretion”, 8th Annual U.B.C. Conference for Graduate Students in Law, 12 May 2003
  • “To Extradite or Prosecute? Coping with the Diaspora of Terrorism”, Conflict, Development and Peace (CODEP) Conference, University of London, London, UK, 13 June 2002
  • “Racism and Abuse of Process in Extradition Proceedings”, combined U.S. and Canadian Law and Society Associations Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., 1 June 2002
  • “Abandoning the Rule of Law and Civil Liberties: Anti-Terrorism Legislation in Canada and the United States", The Promise of Law: Yesterday and Today Conference., U.B.C., 6 May 2002
  • Institutionalized Racism in 19th Century Canada: Sir John Beverley Robinson’s Policy of Extradition”, 19th Century Interdisciplinary Studies Conf., U.B.C., 23 March 2002
  • “The Threat of Extradition of Alleged Terrorists from Canada to the United States since September 11”, Mid-winter Conference, CLSA, U.B.C., 1 February 2002
  • “Racism and Abuse of Process in Extradition Proceedings between Canada and the United States", Department of Anthropology, University of. Victoria, 27 September 2001
  • “Making Legal Sense of Bush v. Gore”, Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Convention, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, 2 June 2001
  • “The Roots of Sexism in Religion and the Law”, Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations, U.B.C., Vancouver, 26 April 2001
  • “Looking under the Rug of the Law: the Scope and Mandate of Law and Society”, University of Calgary Faculty of Communications and Culture, 19 January 2001
  • “The Art of Jurisprudence”, CLSA Annual Conference, Lake Louise, Alberta, 2 June 2000
  • “Ministerial vs. Judicial Discretion”, Market.Order@Law.Destabilized. York University, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 2000
  • “The New Extradition Act and Its Implications”, Law on the Cusp Conference, U.B.C., Vancouver, 4 May 2000
  • “Putting the Law in Its Place: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Legal Theory”, U.B.C. Faculty of Law doctoral seminar, March, 2000
  • “Bringing Fugitives to Justice”, Creating Constellations Conference, U.B.C., 1 May 1999

Honours and Awards

  • Trent University Distinguished Alumni Award, 18 April 2015
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005 - 2007
  • University of Washington School of Law Visiting Scholarship, 2005 - 2007
  • Paetzold Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 2003 - 2004
  • Paetzold Fellowship (supplanting University Graduate Fellowship), 2002 - 2003
  • SSHRC Federalism and Federations Supplement, tenable at U.B.C., 2002 - 2003
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (supplanting U.B.C. graduate fellowship), 2001 - 2002
  • U.B.C. Faculty of Law Grant Supplement Award, 2001 - 2002
  • University of Washington School of Law Visiting Scholarship, 2001 - 2002
  • University of Washington School of Law Visiting Scholarship, 2000 - 2001
  • University of British Columbia University Graduate Fellowship, 2000 - 2001
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law Research Assistantship, 1988 - 1990
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law Frank Burnet Scholarship, 1987 - 1988
  • Citizen of the Year Award - Central Alberta Arts Council, 1984 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Drama Award for Best Production (Winston Agonistes), 1984 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Drama Award for Best Director (Winston Agonistes), 1984 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for One-Act Play (Winston Agonistes), 1984 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Drama Award for Best Production (Crux), 1983 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Drama Award for Best Director (Crux), 1983 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for One-Act Play (Crux), 1983 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Feature Screenplay (Flight of the Raven), 1982 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Radio Play (Conventions), 1982 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Television Screenplay (Cow Bird), 1981 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship in Drama (tenable at University of Alberta), 1980 - 1981
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Radio Drama (God Save the Queen), 1978 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Full Length Play (Fathers), 1977 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Musical (The Girls in the Steno Pool), 1976 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for Radio Drama (A Message in the Ice), 1973 - Present
  • Province of Alberta Playwriting Award for One-Act Play (The Box Beyond), 1972 - Present
  • University of Alberta Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 1971 - 1972
  • First Prize, Edmonton Journal Literary Award for Playwriting (for Harriott!), 1971 - Present
  • University of Alberta Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 1970 - 1971
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Graduate Research Assistantship, 1968 - 1969
  • Book Prize, Tridentine 67 Short Story Competition for “Race Against the Red”, 1967 - Present
  • Belmont/Saturday Night literary award for editorship of Tridentine 67, 1967 - Present
  • Book Prize, Tridentine 65 Short Story Competition for “The Bell Tolled On”, 1965 - Present
  • Second Prize, Biology Division, United States National Science Fair - International, 1961 - Present
  • National Pest Control Association Award, U.S. National Science Fair - International, 1961 - Present
  • First Prize, Ontario Science Fair (for “Intergeneric Hybridization of Giant Silk Moths”), 1961 - Present
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Bing Travel Award to India, 1960 - 1961
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences Award to travel the United States, 1960 - Present
  • First Prize, Zoology Division, United States National Science Fair - International, 1960 - Present
  • First Prize, Ontario Science Fair (for “Interesting Variations of the Cynthia Silk Moth”), 1960 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, B.C., Research Fellow, 2007 - 2008
  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., Visiting Scholar; Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2005 - 2007
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Lecturer in English Literature, 1990 - 1991
  • Calgary Region Arts Foundation, Calgary, Alberta, Vice-president of Liaison, 1988 - 1990
  • Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Instructor of English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing, 1972 - 1986
  • People & Puppets Incorporated, Edmonton, Alberta, Producer/Director/Playwright, 1970 - 1972
  • Crestwood Secondary School, Peterborough, Ontario, High School English Teacher, 1969 - 1970
  • Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough, Ontario, Journalist, 1964 - 1968
  • South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, Journalist, 1961 - 1963