Alan is Managing Director of Global Business Risk Management (Vancouver and Toronto, Canada). Alan is a member of the Panel of Experts of the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-corruption at the University of Ottawa, as well as an active member of the Columbia University “Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum” and the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association. In addition, Alan teaches courses on international law and diplomacy to diplomats globally as a faculty member of DiploFoundation in association with the University of Malta. 

Alan retired from private practice to devote his time to teaching, consulting and writing about international business risk management. Following many years of practicing immigration and commercial law in Ontario, and New York, he began teaching. He has worked with over 250 companies in Canada which has allowed him to

develop insights into issues of risk analysis and management on a practical level that are not well known nor discussed in the literature or at conferences. His unique insights have empowered him to provide consulting services to corporations, lawyers, accountants, banks and insurance companies. Most recently he has been a consultant to the African Development Bank, ASEAN, Asian Development Bank, and Foreign Affairs Departments of a number of states.

For Athabasca University he developed and is presently teaching 2 courses: International Business: Understanding and Managing Risk and Due Diligence for their distance-learning Executive MBA program. Both of these courses are inter-disciplinary, combining law, ethics, risk management, corporate governance and international human rights issues. He has also taught on-line undergraduate courses (Constitutional Law, plus Comparative Global Legal Approaches and Philosophies) for Royal Roads.

Alan has taught most law subjects, including real estate, corporate and commercial law, wills and estates, criminal law, constitutional law, administrative law, legal process and research, international law, and immigration law. He has been involved with University of London LL.B. and LL.M. programs for many years, (teaching for the University of London LL.B. program in Canada) and because of the emphasis on international law courses in that program, he has developed relationships with many diplomats, particularly UN ambassadors and former ambassadors. He formed an association of former United Nations Ambassadors in New York as a not-for-profit corporation, and chairs many of their meetings. These former ambassadors (many of whom teach at various universities and colleges in the USA) have been able to provide Alan with a wealth of information on the practical aspects of international law and diplomacy.

In 2020 Alan was invited by the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) to give seminars to Cambodian Diplomats on international law, international investment law to assist Cambodian diplomats in attracting foreign investment.

Pr. Franklin publications can be found here.

-International Organization Law

-International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration