Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his scholarship in the field of criminology and for his role in shaping Canadian justice policy. The prestigious Order of Canada is awarded to individuals for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. The Centre wishes to congratulate Tony on this well deserved honour. For more information,
see the UofT’s News article. 



The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1963 by Professor John Edwards, the Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. The Centre recently celebrated 50 years of Criminology at the University of Toronto.

With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science, the faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research. The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies offers a graduate program for masters and doctoral students. The Centre also administers the undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program at Woodsworth College.

The Centre’s library (the Criminology Information Service) houses the leading Canadian research collection of criminological material, consisting of more than 25, 000 books, journals, government reports, statistics and other documents.

Recent News

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks about the increase in the number of women in federal prisons. Read more about Women Inmates on the Rise.

Centre alumnus Nicole Myers’ work on bail with Abby Deshman of the CCLA continues to receive attention. Read the latest about the Reliance on sureties boosting Ontario remand numbers featuring comments by Professor Tony Doob.

Professor Emeritus Tony Doob talks about Chief Bill Blair in the Toronto Star. Read more here.

Centre Director Kelly Hannah-Moffat gave the 8th Annual Lecture of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research on May 19th in Glasgow, Scotland. The Howard League Scotland posted a write-up of her lecture ‘Moving targets: Reputational risk, rights and accountability in punishment.’ Read it here.

Professors Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Paula Maurutto were cited by The Toronto Star in No charges, no trial, but presumed guilty about the impact of criminal records. They have been working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to examine how criminal records are being used, by whom and how much information is being disclosed. Read the CCLA’s report ‘False Promises, Hidden Costs’ for more information.


Speaker Series & Events

Recent Talks

Kelly Hannah-Moffat
“Moving Targets: Risk, Human Rights, and Punishment”
Friday May 9, 2014   12:30-1:30pm

Arie Freiberg
“Sentencing Councils Without Sentencing Guidelines: Engaging the Community, the Courts and Governments”
Monday April 14, 2014  12:30-2:00pm

Ben Berger
“Belonging to Law: Religious Difference, Secularism, and the Conditions of Civic Inclusion”
Thursday April 3, 2014  12:30-2:00pm

Anton Symkhovych
“Symbiotic Corruption: Power, Legitimacy, and the Problem of Order”
Tuesday April 1, 2014  12:30-2:00pm

Recent Events

Penal Boundaries Workshop
Friday April 11 – Saturday April 12, 2014

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