Skip to main content
BPC Bulletin March 2, 2022

Author Steven Galloway's Defamation Lawsuit Headed to Trial

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

In British Columbia, a defamation lawsuit filed by author Steven Galloway against a woman he says falsely accused him of sexual and physical assaults can go to trial.

Galloway, who was once chair of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program, filed the lawsuit three years ago.

The woman’s identity is protected by a publication ban, but she is referred to in court documents as A.B. Galloway’s lawsuit also names more than 20 other defendants.

In the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Madam Justice Elaine Adair ruled on December 2, 2021, that Galloway v. A.B. could proceed to trial.


Read Madam Justice Adair’s decision:

2021 BCSC 2344 (CanLII) | Galloway v A.B | CanLII


Jason Proctor of CBC News reports:

Appeal of Steven Galloway lawsuit pits author's fight for reputation against accuser's right to speak out | CBC News

The Canadian Press reports:

Author Steven Galloway's defamation lawsuit can continue to trial: B.C. judge | CBC News

In the Vancouver Sun, Keith Fraser reports:

In the Toronto Star, Alex McKeen reports:
Former UBC professor allowed to continue defamation suit | The Star

In 2016, The Globe and Mail published Marsha Lederman’s feature-length report about the dispute:


In the National Post, Adam Zivo writes:

Adam Zivo: Ruling that Steven Galloway can sue over false rape allegations a win for due process | National Post


“An Open Letter to UBC: Steven Galloway’s Right to Due Process” appeared in late 2016. Numerous Canadian authors signed the letter. Since then a few authors have retracted their signatures, but other authors have added theirs.

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

BPC Bulletin
March 2, 2022
Share with friends