Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W or attend virtually

Justice Beyond Borders

On September 22, 2022, the Faculty of Law will honour and celebrate Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (BA 1967 UC, LLB 1970, Hon LLD 1990) and her trailblazing legal career. Justice Abella’s career has been marked by a series of firsts: she was the first Jewish woman appointed to Canada’s top court; the first pregnant women appointed to the judiciary; and, the first refugee appointed to the bench in Canada. Justice Abella is an ambassador for Canadian values and jurisprudence, and has left a lasting legacy on the Supreme Court of Canada and legal thought around the world.

The evening will commence at 6:00 p.m. with a roundtable discussion at the Isabel Bader theatre. The roundtable will include Justice Abella in conversation with:

  • Justice Susanne Baer, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany 
  • Lord John Anthony Dyson, Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice (2012 – 2016) and Justice of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom (2010 – 2012)
  • Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.

The roundtable will be followed by a dinner at the Hart House Great Hall.

U of T Law alumni can purchase tickets by visiting,

Photo of Justice Abella by Dave Chan