Professor & Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy

Flavelle House
Room 320
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 

Tel.: 416-946-5645

Research interests
Charter of Rights
Comparative Constitutional Law
Comparative Criminal Law
Criminal Law 
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal History
National Security Law and Anti-Terrorism Law

Kent Roach is Professor of Law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Yale, and a former law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Roach has been editor-in-chief of the Criminal Law Quarterly since 1998. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2013, he was one of four academics awarded a Trudeau Fellowship in recognition of his research and social contributions. 

He is the author of 12 books including Constitutional Remedies in Canada (winner of the Owen Prize); Due Process and Victims’ Rights (short listed for the Donner Prize), The Supreme Court on Trial (same); (with Robert J. Sharpe) Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (winner of the Dafoe Prize) and The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism (winner of the Mundell Medal) . He is the co-editor of several collections of essays and published casebooks. He is the author of the Criminal Law and Charter volumes in Irwin Law’s essentials of Canadian law series. He has also published written over 200 articles and chapters published in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in Canada.

Professor Roach has served as research director for the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Patholology and for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. In both capacities, he edited multiple volumes of research studies. He served on the research advisory committee for the inquiry into the rendition of Maher Arar and the Ipperwash Inquiry into the killing of Dudley George. He is presently an advisor to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools on issues connected to the ongoing legacy of the schools. Professor Roach has represented Aboriginal and civil liberties groups in many interventions before the courts, including Gladue, Wells and Ipeelee on sentencing Aboriginal offenders, Latimer on mandatory minimum sentences, Stillman, Dunedin Construction, and Ward on Charter remedies, Golden on strip searches, Khawaja on the definition of terrorism and Corbiere and Sauve on  voting rights. He is involved with the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.

B.A. - University of Toronto (1984)
LL.B. - University of Toronto (1987)
LL.M. - Yale Law School (1988)
Academic appointments
General Reporter on Counter-Terrorism Law, XIX Comparative Law Congress, Vienna, 2014
Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies
Visiting and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales
Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore
Editor in chief of the Criminal Law Quarterly (1998-present)
Awards and distinctions
Trudeau Fellowship (2013)
David Mundell Award for legal writing (2011)
Lexpert Platinum Award for pro-bono work by a legal academic (2010)
Mewett Award for teaching (2008)
JW Dafoe Prize for book that best contributes to understanding of Canada (with R.J. Sharpe) (2003)
Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada (2002)
Walter Owen Book Prize for best law book (1997)
Selected Publications

Criminal Law 5th ed (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2012) (515 pp).

The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism(Cambridge University Press, 2011) at

Constitutional Remedies in Canada, 2nd ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2013 as updated) at

The Supreme Court on Trial: Judicial Activism or Democratic Dialogue (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2001) at

Due Process and Victims’ Rights: The New Law and Politics of Criminal Justice (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999) available at