Instructor(s): Hamish Stewart

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet 3 times a week, one meeting will be hybrid, rotating between AV conferences and in-class meetings (Mon), once in-person (Tues), and once via audio-visual conference (Wed). In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term.  All students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

This course examines the basic concepts of the criminal law through sustained attention to several core criminal offenses, notably the varieties of homicide and sexual assault. Along the way, we will also spend significant time considering inchoate crimes, accessorial liability, and defences of excuse and justification. Themes of the course include the impact of the Charter on the substantive criminal law and the scope of criminalization in a liberal society.

Students will be evaluated by an open-book final examination (90%) and class participation (10%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



99 JD


M: 9:30 am - 12:20 pm (hybrid:  AV Conference/in-class rotation)
T: 11:00 am - 12:20 pm (in-class)
W: 11:00 am - 12:20 pm (AV Conference)