Ron Levi, University of Toronto
Professor of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Sociology; Distinguished Professor of Global Justice; Director, Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

315 Bloor Street West, Room 213

Tel.: 416.978.2486

Ron Levi is Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Sociology, and is Distinguished Professor of Global Justice. He serves as Associate Director, Academic, for the Munk School, where he also directs the Global Justice Lab. He holds a courtesy cross-appointment to the Faculty of Law, and is a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Trained in law and in sociology, Levi focuses his research on the internationalization of law, and on the social and political dimensions of responses to crime and atrocities. A former Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ron has served in a range of academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto, where he has directed undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, and served as Deputy Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. For several years, he also held the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Ron attended law school at McGill University, where he was trained in both civil and common law. After completing his master’s in law at the University of Toronto, he pursued graduate studies in sociology at Northwestern University and then completed his doctoral dissertation in law at U of T, where he was awarded the Alan Marks medal. He received the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize in 2014, and his teaching at U of T has been recognized with an undergraduate teaching award for Teaching Excellence.

Selected publications

Levi, Ron, Ioana Sendroiu and John Hagan. 2020. “America First Populism, Social Volatility, and Self-Reported Arrests.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science .

Levi, Ron, Holly Campeau and Todd Foglesong. 2020. “Recognition Gaps and Economies of Worth in Police Encounters.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

Campeau, Holly, Ron Levi and Todd Foglesong. 2020. “Policing, Recognition, and the Bind of Legal Cynicism.” Social Problems.

Stein, Janice Gross and Ron Levi. 2020. “Testing Deterrence by Denial: Experimental Results from Criminology.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2020.1777710

Levi, Ron, Todd Foglesong and Matt Torigian. 2020. “Community Safety and Repurposing the Police Before, During, and After a Pandemic: Methodological Notes.” Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being 5:75-78.

Levi, Ron and Ioana Sendroiu. 2020. “Performance, Power, and Transnational Legal Ordering:  Addressing Sexual Violence as a Human Rights Concern.” Pp. 333-368 in G. Shaffer and E. Aaronson, eds., The Transnational Legal Ordering of Criminal Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Levi, Ron and Ioana Sendroiu. 2019. “Moral Claims and Redress after Atrocity: Economies of Worth across Political Cultures in the Holocaust Swiss Banks Litigation.” Poetics 73:45-60.

Campeau, Holly and Ron Levi. 2019. “Neoliberal Legality as Dual Process: Embeddedness, Courts and Crime Prevention in the United States.” British Journal of Criminology 59: 334–353.

 Levi, Ron, Sara Dezalay and Michael Amiraslani. 2016. “Prosecutorial Practice and Strategic Statements: Justifying International Prosecutions from the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg through to the International Criminal Court.” Comparativ: Journal for Global History and Comparative Studies 26:58-73.

Levi, Ron, John Hagan and Sara Dezalay. 2016. “International Courts in Atypical Political Environments: The Interplay of Prosecutorial Strategy, Evidence, and Court Authority in International Criminal Law.” Law and Contemporary Problems 79:289-314.

Research areas
Comparative Law
Critical Legal Theory
International Law
Law and Globalization
Law and International Development