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Alexandra V. Orlova

Associate Dean of Arts, Research & Graduate Studies
Ryerson University

Dr. Alexandra Orlova received her PhD in law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in 2004. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been called to the Bar of Ontario since 2002.  Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she articled with a large Bay Street firm and served as a legal counsel for the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, Recreation and Citizenship in the Ontario government. She taught in the Department of Criminology since 2005.

Dr. Orlova's main research interests focus on transnational organized crime, global constitutionalism, human rights and international crimes. She has been published widely in a variety of high-impact, international peer-reviewed journals, has co-edited a book with colleagues from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and presented her work at a variety of national and international conferences.  

Dr. Orlova lectured as an invited international expert at the Railway Police College in Zhengzhou, China pertaining to issues of national security, terrorism and organized crime.  She has co-organized a major national-level conference on corporate social responsibility in 2014 as well as two international conferences on Western ideas in Russian socio-legal consciousness in 2016 (in collaboration with Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) and on global strategies for preventing corruption in 2017 (in collaboration with Ryerson International, Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Victoria Law School and Jindal Global Law School (India).  These conferences brought together scholars, practitioners and government officials from many different jurisdictions.  

Dr. Orlova is a member of editorial boards of Trends in Organized Crime journal and Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice journal. She provided expert opinion pertaining to organized crime and human trafficking to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre as well as for lawyers representing victims of organized crime and human trafficking in Canada and the UK.  In addition to pursuing research, Dr. Orlova has acted as a supervisor to PhD and MA-level students, as well as supervised undergraduate and graduate research assistants.