Order of Canada Congratulations!

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.


Tony Doob, Victoria Sytsma and Scot Wortley were interviewed by The Varsity for its story Terrible Things Happen, on students with criminal histories.

How to consult in gentrifying neighbourhoods by Prof. Mariana Valverde in Spacing Magazine.

Prof. Mariana Valverde is interviewed on the Uber controversy in Toronto.

Professor Mariana Valverde gave a keynote speech at the Brazilian Empirical Legal Studies Association Annual Conference entitled : What counts as theory, today? A post-philosophical framework for socio-legal empirical research.

Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob writes on The Harper Decade: The Conservative Take on Crime Policy

Centre alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah writes in the Globe and Mail : The End of Carding is just the Beginning.

Professor Matt Light and former Centre postdoc and CLTA assistant professor Gavin Slade have co-edited a special issue of Theoretical Criminology   on crime and criminal justice in the post-Soviet region.

Junior Fellow Kyle Kirkup pens an article in the Globe and Mail titled It’s Unstoppable: Same-sex marriage is coming to the U.S.

The 2015 Edwards Lecture was presented by The Honourable Professor Irwin Cotler on March 26, 2015. Video of the lecture here.

Read our most recent Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies Newsletter here.

The most recent Criminological Highlights is now available. All past issues of Criminological Highlights are archived.

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Speaker Series & Events

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

  • Speaker: Kamari Clarke, Global and International Studies, Carleton University
  • Topic:  Law at the nexus of politics: humanitarian sentimentality in the rule of law movement
  • Time 4:00 – 6:00
  • PLACE  -This talk, whose main sponsor is the Women/Gender Studies Institute, will likely take place in the Jackman Humanities Institute – exact location to be confirmed

The 2015 Edwards Lecture was presented by The Honourable Professor Irwin Cotler on March 26, 2015. Video of Lecture Here.

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