Kent Roach

Kent Roach is a Professor of Law, Criminology, and Political Science at the University of Toronto, and the Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy. He was law clerk to Madame Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada (1988-1989) before joining the University of Toronto. He has published numerous articles on the current state of anti-terrorism laws, both in the United States and Canada, on wrongful convictions, and is one of Canada’s premier scholars of criminal law. Professor Roach has been twice short listed for the Donner Prize for the best book on public policy.

His book Constitutional Remedies in Canada (Aurora: Canada Law Book, 1994) was the winner of the Walter Owen Prize for best legal book (1997). He was the winner of the Mewett Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, and the Lexpert Platinum Award for best contribution to pro-bono legal services by an academic in 2010. He was a British Academy Short Term Visiting Fellowship at the University of Warwick in 2010, and was appointed honourary Professor at the University of New South Wales in 2011.

Professor Roach is currently writing a biography of G. Arthur Martin, which will be published by the Osgoode Society.

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Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey(Toronto: Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2003) (with R.J. Sharpe), pp. 576. Winner of the 2004 J.W. Dafoe prize for best contribution to the understanding of Canada.

Other Legal History Publications

‘Justice Bertha Wilson: A Classically Liberal Judge’ Supreme Court Law Review, Vol 41, 2008, pp. 193-223.

‘Twenty Years of the Charter and Criminal Justice: A Dialogue Between a Charter Optimist, a Charter Realist and a Charter Sceptic’ Supreme Court Law Review, Vol 19, 2003, pp. 39-64, and in J.E. Magnet, G.-A. Beaudoin, G. Gall and C. Manfredi, eds., The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom: Reflections on the Charter after Twenty Years (Markham: Butterworths, 2003) pp. 39-64.

‘What’s New and Old About the Legal Process’ University of Toronto Law Journal, Vol 47, 1997, pp. 363-394.