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Mayo Moran

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Provost and Vice-Chancellor
Trinity College

    Professor Mayo Moran was appointed as the 15th Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College on July 1, 2014, and was reappointed for a second term beginning July 1, 2019. Prior to this, Professor Moran served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto from 2006 until 2014. She was the first woman to hold that role.

    Provost Moran’s work is at the intersection of private and public law and focuses on the role of law in redressing historic injustice. At both Trinity College and at the Faculty of Law, she teaches a course entitled Ten Cases that Changed the World which explores ground-breaking cases that dramatically shifted the course of history. Provost Moran has published and lectured extensively on private law, comparative constitutional law, and legal and feminist theory. Her book, The Problem of the Past and How to Fix It, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2021. She is also a co-organizer of “The Restitution Dialogues”, a series of transnational conversations about cultural loss and return, the first of which was held in Tel Aviv in December 2019.

    Since 2007, Provost Moran has chaired the committee that oversees the Independent Assessment Process—a process which has awarded compensation to tens of thousands of survivors of abuse in Indian Residential Schools.

    Provost Moran also recently chaired the University of Toronto’s Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Policies and co-chairs the Faculty of Law’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has led a number of government reviews including on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) and on Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP suits). Provost Moran regularly leads external reviews of both law schools and universities in Canada and abroad.

    Provost Moran obtained a B.A. (1980, English and Sociology) and B.Ed. (1981) at the University of British Columbia and taught secondary school in northern British Columbia before attending law school. She completed her LL.B. at McGill University (1990), her LL.M. at the University of Michigan (1992) and her S.J.D. at the University of Toronto (1999). In addition to numerous other awards, in 2012 Provost Moran received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.