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Policy Number
Board of Governors
Previous Name
Awarding of Honorary Degrees
Effective Date
May 28, 2015
September 28, 2017

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has chosen to confer a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) to deserving recipients to recognize persons who have excelled in their contributions and accomplishments and whose excellence will reflect positively on JIBC, its students and alumni. The degree affirms the recipient’s connection to the work of JIBC and the communities it serves consistent with the vision and mission of the Institute. As such, recipients shall have exemplary character and the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. 


There are four general categories of people upon whom the Institute may confer honorary degrees:

  1. Individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to justice and public safety in British Columbia or Canada;
  2. Individuals who are distinguished in their field;
  3. Individuals who have distinguished reputations in the area of public service at the provincial, national or international level;
  4. Individuals who have made significant and noteworthy contributions to JIBC and/or the Province of British Columbia.


The Honorary Degree Committee, with established terms of reference, is responsible for:

  1. Establishing criteria and processes for the nomination, evaluation and recommendation of candidates for honorary degrees;
  2. Evaluating nominations and selecting those to be recommended to the Board of Governors for approval;
  3. Ensuring sufficient due diligence to mitigate the risk of harm to JIBC’s reputation.

JIBC reserves the right to rescind an honorary degree if the conduct of the recipient is such that continued recognition could cause harm to the Institute’s reputation. The conduct can have occurred either before or after the conferring of the honorary degree.

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