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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Affective Justice The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback book coverAffective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback

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.  

screen Capture of recording 2019The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse – Now Online

A video recording of the 2019 Edwards Lecture, delived by Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, is now available online.

CRIMSL Student Conference PosterCall for Papers – Graduate Student Conference 2020

Power & Protest: Rethinking Mobilization in Canada & Beyond will run March 12 and 13, 2020.

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Proposals for presentations will be accepted until January 24th, 2020. (read more)


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. 18, No. 3), we ask:

  1. How does the criminal justice system punish homeless people even without arresting them?
  2. What can be learned from Canada’s successful decarceration of youths?
  3. Why are judges more likely to believe in the efficacy of the deterrent impact of harsh sentences than are ordinary citizens?
  4. How does the skin tone of Blacks affect the manner in which they are treated by the criminal justice system?
  5. Why is it in the public interest to provide for the physical and mental well-being of prisoners?
  6. What can former prisoners do to increase their likelihood of getting a job?
  7. How does the segregation of residential neighbourhoods affect homicide rates?
  8. How does the incarceration of fathers of very young children affect a child’s educational experiences?

Criminological Highlights Special Issues

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