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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News and Events
Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback by Kamari Maxine Clarke (Professor, Carleton University), was published by Duke University Press in November 2019.
Dr. Clarke will be joining the faculty at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies this year.
A video recording of the 2019 Edwards Lecture, delived by Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, is now available online.
Power & Protest: Rethinking Mobilization in Canada & Beyond will run March 12 and 13, 2020.
Proposals for presentations will be accepted until January 24th, 2020. (read more)
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. 18, No. 3), we ask:
- How does the criminal justice system punish homeless people even without arresting them?
- What can be learned from Canada’s successful decarceration of youths?
- Why are judges more likely to believe in the efficacy of the deterrent impact of harsh sentences than are ordinary citizens?
- How does the skin tone of Blacks affect the manner in which they are treated by the criminal justice system?
- Why is it in the public interest to provide for the physical and mental well-being of prisoners?
- What can former prisoners do to increase their likelihood of getting a job?
- How does the segregation of residential neighbourhoods affect homicide rates?
- How does the incarceration of fathers of very young children affect a child’s educational experiences?
Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed.
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Our Scholars in the News
- The American Prospect: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses the Safe Third Country Agreement
- CBC Radio The World at Six: Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on immigration, temporary foreign workers and blue collar jobs
- Beyond the Headlines podcast: Centre Director Audrey Macklin discusses immigration policy in Canada
- The Ottawa Citizen: Professor Anthony Doob and Lisa Kerr pen opinion piece on criminal justice system reform
- The Washington Post: Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s odds of obtaining Canadian permanent residency
- The Varsity: Professor Mariana Valverde comments on Sidewalk Toronto’s smart city plan
- The Globe and Mail: Professor Scot Wortley comments on the random targeting of victims of gun-related crimes
- The Globe and Mail: Centre Director Audrey Macklin comments on deference to decision-makers in administrative cases
- The Toronto Star: PhD student Erick Laming and Junior Fellow Ferdouse Asefi pen opinion piece on the rights of Indigenous people under a Liberal minority government
See more in our In the Press archive
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