Adjunct Professor

Rita J. Maxwell, AB (cum laude) Harvard College 1998, JD (University of Toronto Faculty of Law) 2001, LLM (Hon.) Georgetown Law Centre 2011, called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. Ms. Maxwell is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario where she prosecutes a wide range of criminal cases including homicides and other crimes of serious violence. She specializes in child abuse, exploitation and human trafficking prosecutions. She is currently on leave from the Crown’s Office to act as Legal Counsel to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, where she worked as a legal advisor to the Trial Chamber in Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga. Prior to joining the Crown’s Office, Ms. Maxwell practiced civil and medical malpractice litigation with a major Canadian law firm, appearing regularly before courts and regulatory tribunals.

Ms. Maxwell lectures and writes on a variety of domestic criminal and evidence law issues. She has also been an instructor in the areas of international criminal law and advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School, public international law at Georgetown Law Centre, and legal ethics at the University of Toronto and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has been a moot court supervisor and coach since 2001.

Ms. Maxwell sits on several boards, including the Harvard Club of Toronto and the Law Alumni Association at the University of Toronto. She also sat on the advisory committee for the establishment of the Centre for Legal Ethics at the University of Toronto.