Law Society to present honorary LLD to legal scholar, Professor Stephen Toope, O.C., on June 26

Posted: 06/20/2019

Stephen ToopeDistinguished legal scholar and academic leader Stephen Toope, O.C., will receive a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), from the Law Society of Ontario at its afternoon Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto on June 26, 2019.

Honorary doctorates are awarded annually at the Call ceremonies to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.

Professor Toope has degrees in common and civil law from McGill University (1983) as well as a PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge (1987). He is currently serving as the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Prior to joining Cambridge, Professor Toope was Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (2015-2017), and before that, he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (2006-2014). He served as President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2002-2006), and as Dean of Law at McGill University (1994-1999).

He has also served the public through many roles such as: chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances; fact-finder for the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Government Officials in relation to Maher Arar; a member of the Commonwealth Group of Experts, Consultation on the Constitution of Sri Lanka; and as research director, Office of the Special Representative concerning the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

As well, Professor Toope has served as Chair of the Board of Universities Canada, and President of Canada’s Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a past Director of the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

He has been widely recognized for his service and accomplishments, including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (2012). He was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.

He is one of six individuals to receive an honorary LLD from the Law Society at the June Call ceremonies.