Welcome to the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

CrimSL is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. The Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches and are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research.

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still from Mariana Valverde interviewInterview With Mariana Valverde: Quayside Toronto

Professor Mariana Valverde was interviewed by Dr. Peter Carr (University of Waterloo) about governance of the Sidewalk Labs / Waterfront Toronto Smart City project. (read more)

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CrimSL Speaker Series Winter 2019

Details of CrimSL 2018 Fall Speaker Series are out now!

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A History of Law in Canada, Vol. 1

Dr. Philip Girard, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School who has been a Visiting Professor here at CrimSL for the last year and a half, and Dr. Jim Phillips, cross-appointed to CrimSL from U of T Faculty of Law and a former director the Centre, have recently published … (read more)


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Criminological Highlights

Criminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published, with a focus on research that is policy-relevant. It is produced by a group of about a dozen academics, with support from the Department of Justice, Canada. Learn more.

In the Current Issue (Vol 17, No 5), we ask:

  1. What kinds of police activities suppress voter turnout?
  2. How are people affected by police shootings of unarmed civilians?
  3. Are politicians right when they suggest that higher rates of pretrial detention would reduce crime?
  4. Who benefits from high concentrations of immigrants in a neighbourhood?
  5. When punishments are decreased in a jurisdiction and crime goes up, is it possible to determine whether one caused the other?
  6. How good are people at evaluating forensic science evidence in court?
  7. Should restorative justice conferences be used with youths charged with crimes?
  8. Does it matter where accused people sit in court during their trials?

Special Issues

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Our Land Acknowledgement

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All documents must be received by January 21, 2019. 

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