Katherine Baker Memorial Lecture

A trust was established in 1983 in memory of the late Kathy Baker, a graduate of both New College and the Faculty of Law, to fund an annual visit to the University by one or more distinguished individuals in the field of politics, government and law. The program is administered jointly by the Faculty of Law, New College and the Students’ Administrative Council of the University of Toronto. The Katherine Baker Memorial Lectures have been delivered by the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald, Mr. Geoffrey Pearson, Mr. Georges Henry Erasmus, Mr. Clayton Ruby, the Honourable Flora I. Macdonald P.C., Professor Mary Ellen Turpel, Dalhousie University, and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Leader National Conscience Party Nigeria. 

  2014 Katherine Baker Memorial Lecture

 Professor Anne Orford
Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, Melbourne Law School

"Food Security, the World Trade Organisation, and the Social State"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Falconer Hall, 84 Queen's Park
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

The lecture will sketch the re-emergence of food security as a major global problem and project over the past decade,
one that has significant legal dimensions.

Anne Orford is Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her publications include International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (CUP 2011), Reading Humanitarian Intervention (CUP 2003), and the edited collection International Law and its Others (CUP 2006). Anne is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and was the founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School (2005-2012). She will hold Lund University's Hedda Andersson Visiting Research Chair for 2014-15, based in the Department of History, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Law School and Lund University Law Faculty, the Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, a Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at NYU Law School, and is a Core Faculty Member of the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy. She holds the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, and was awarded the 2013 Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University of Melbourne.

Other recent Baker Memorial Lectures:

  •  Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, "On non-domination" (February 10, 2011). Read the full paper (PDF).

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John Stransman Memorial Lecture

John StransmanJohn Stransman was one of the Faculty of Law’s most talented graduates. Sadly, this magnificent lawyer died at a young age after a battle with cancer.  A graduate of Law Class of 1977, Stransman was one of Canada’s top corporate lawyers.  Known as a soft-spoken negotiator who excelled at bringing opponents together to resolve complex issues, he guided many of the country’s largest companies through high-profile takeover and securities cases as a senior partner with Toronto-based law firm Stikeman Elliott.

In memory of John Stransman - a gifted lawyer, a doting father and husband - his family and friends sponsored a lecture that invited a leading non-lawyer to deliver a lecture on a subject of interest to the law school community.


The John Stransman Memorial Lecture, 2005

Michael Ignatieff
Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

March 9, 2005
5:00 p.m.
Bennett Lecture Hall

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Law and Diversity Lecture

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Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt Lecture in Innovation Law and Policy

The Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt Lecture in Innovation Law and Policy was sponsored by the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

  • 2004-2005: Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, George Washington University, "The Naked Crowd: Balancing Privacy and Security through Law and Technology"
  • 2003-2004: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner/ Ontario, "National Security in a Post-9/11 World: The Rise of Surveillance, the Demise of Privacy"

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Critical Legal Theory Lecture

This lecture was established in 1996 to enhance the profile of critical normative perspectives in the law school’s curriculum at the faculty. The inaugural lecture was given by Professor Kimberle Crenshaw of Columbia University Law School, followed by Professor Neil Gotanda, Western State College. 

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50th Anniversary Lecture Series

In commemoration of the Faculty’s 50th Anniversary, a lecture series entitled “Taking Stock: Challenge and Change in the Legal Profession” was presented in 1999-2000, thanks to the generous financial support of John A. Tory and James M. Tory in honour of their father, J.S.D. Tory. Distinguished academics and practitioners lectured on various current issues regarding the legal profession, and included Robert Gordon (Yale), John Heinz (Northwestern), Carl Baar (Brock), Martin Teplitsky, Q.C., David Luban (Georgetown), Marc Galanter (Wisconsin), Robert Mnookin (Harvard), and Gillian Hadfield (Toronto). Each lecture was followed by comments from a panel of other eminent lawyers. 

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