Edwards Lectures

The annual Edward Memorial lecture is delivered in honour of the Centre’s founder, Professor John Ll. J. Edwards. The lecture is presented by The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, the Faculty of Law, and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

Previous Edwards Lectures

Twenty First Annual Lecture

Thursday, November 28, 2019
The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse

Speaker: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Canadiana Gallery Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West

Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP at edwards2019.eventbrite.ca

Twentieth Annual Lecture

Monday, November 19, 2018
The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in the law

Speaker: Senator Murray Sinclair
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Debates Room, 2nd floor Hart House, 7 Kings College Circle

Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP to crim.events@utoronto.ca

Nineteenth Annual Lecture

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The arcs of mass incarceration: Four turning points in the history of U.S. penality and their legacy for the contemporary penal state

Speaker: Jonathan Simon, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Place: Canadiana Gallery Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West
Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20, 2017 to crim.events@utoronto.ca

Eighteenth Annual Lecture:

Friday April 8th, 2016

Are we there yet? The future of penal reform and the carceral state in the US.”

Speakers:Marie Gottschalk, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Time 4:30 – 6:30pm
PLACE: Canadiana Gallery Building  Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West
Reception to follow. Attendence is free but Registration is required.  Please RSVP by Monday, April 4th to crim.events@utoronto.ca

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Lori Wells at  (416) 978- 3722 x 226 or email crim.events@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements

Seventeenth Annual Lecture: March 26th, 2015

Sixteenth Annual Lecture: February 6, 2014

Fifteenth Annual Lecture: November 20, 2012

  • Lecturer: The Hon. Justice Ian Binnie
  • Topic: “Taking Wrongful Convictions Seriously”

Fourteenth Annual Lecture: September 20, 2011

  • Lecturer: Lucia Zedner, Oxford University
  • Topic: “The Historical Origins of the Preventive State – or just how new is the new penology”

Thirteenth Annual Lecture: January 17, 2011

  • Lecturer: Federico Varese, Oxford University
  • Topic: “Current Challenges in the Study of Organized Crime”

Twelfth Annual Lecture: January 25, 2010

Eleventh Annual Lecture: November 27, 2008

  • Lecturer: Loïc Wacquant, University of California, Berkeley, and Centre de sociologie européene, Paris
  • Topic: “Reconstructing the Penal State”

Tenth Annual Lecture: October 17, 2006

  • Lecturer: Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Topic: “Governing Green Laboratories: Trust and Surveillance in the Cultures of Science”

Ninth Annual Lecture: March 3, 2005

  • Lecturer: Professor Richard Ericson, Professor of Criminology, University of Toronto
  • Topic: “Criminalization and the Politics of Uncertainty”

Eighth Annual Lecture: October 22, 2003

  • Lecturer: Professor Martin Friedland, University Professor Emeritus of Law and Criminology, University of Toronto
  • Topic: “Criminal Justice in Canada Revisited”

Seventh Annual Lecture: March 6, 2002

  • Lecturer: Professor David Garland, New York University
  • Topic: “The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society”

Sixth Annual Lecture: March 27, 2001

  • Lecturer: Professor James Fyfe, Crime and Justice Research Institute, Temple University
  • Topic: “Police Officers Involved in Career-Ending Misconduct”

Fifth Annual Lecture: March 23, 2000

  • Lecturer: Professor John Beattie, University of Toronto
  • Topic: “The Problem of Urban Crime: London 1660-1750”

Fourth Annual Lecture: February 25, 1999

  • Lecturer: Professor Kent Roach, University of Saskatchewan
  • Topic: “The Attorney-General and the Charter”

Third Annual Lecture: December 3, 1997

  • Lecturer: Professor Janet Chan, University of New South Wales
  • Topic: “Policing Accounts: The New Accountability and Cultural Resistance”

Second Annual Lecture: November 13, 1996

  • Lecturer: Professor Pat O’Malley, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Topic: “Criminology and the New Liberalism”

Inaugural Lecture: November 1, 1995

  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Ashworth, King’s College, University of London, England
  • Topic: “Mens Rea and Statutory Offences”