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Kent Roach

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Professor of Law
University of Toronto

    Kent Roach is a professor of law at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Yale and is a former law clerk to the late Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been the editor of the Criminal Law Quarterly since 1998, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2002 and a Member of the Order of Canada since 2015.

    Professor Roach is the author of 12 books, including _Constitutional Remedies in Canada_ (winner of the 1997 Owen Prize); _Due Process and Victims' Rights_ (shortlisted for the 1999 Donner Prize); The Supreme Court on Trial: Judicial Activism or Democratic Dialogue? (shortlisted for the 2001 Donner Prize); (with Robert Sharpe) Brian Dickson: A Judge's Journey (winner of the 2003 Defoe Prize);  September 11: Consequences for Canada_ (named by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the most significant books of 2003); and The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism (co-winner of the 2012 Mundell Medal). His texts on criminal law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are used widely. Professor Roach has edited many collections of essays, including _Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy and The Security of Freedom. He has also published over 175 articles and chapters in journals and books throughout the world. 

    Professor Roach has frequently acted as pro-bono counsel for interveners in Supreme Court of Canada cases involving Charter remedies, national security, and Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. He has worked with the Ipperwash, Arar, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and he served as research director for the Goudge Inquiry into Forensic Pathology and the Inquiry into the Air India bombing. Internationally, he provided advice on Indonesia's 2002 terrorism law and Tunisia's new constitution. His current research includes comparative examinations of constitutional remedies, counter-terrorism, and wrongful convictions.