Monday, March 10, 2014
headshot of alumnus Ron Daniels, President of John Hopkins University

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that alumnus Ronald J. Daniels, JD 1986, former dean of this law school and president of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland is the honorary degree recipient at the convocation ceremony June 6, 2014.

Daniels, a law and economics scholar, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

As dean and James Marshall Tory Chair of the Faculty of Law from 1995-2005, he was instrumental in pursuing a path that  elevated the law school among the world’s preeminent institutions. He emphasized the strength of its international programs, the breadth and depth of course offerings and improved the student-to-faculty ratio to 10 to 1, one of the best in North America.

In addition, Daniels spearheaded the creation of some of the Faculty’s most important public interest programs, including Pro Bono Students Canada, the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) Program, and the International Human Rights Program. He also oversaw the development of the faculty’s needs-based financial aid program and Canada’s only law school post-graduation debt relief program for law graduates who earn lower incomes.

“Ron Daniels’ transformative vision for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law has helped shape it into the outstanding law school that it is today, recognized among the Top 5 in the world,” said Dean Mayo Moran. “His passion and dedication to research and teaching excellence make him a mentor and visionary widely admired in the academy, and of course here in particular.”

His research areas include the intersection of law, economics, development and public policy, as it pertains to corporate and securities law, social and economic regulation, and the role of law and legal institutions in advancing Third World development.

He has authored or edited seven books, including Rule of Law Reform and Development (2008), on the role of legal institutions in Third World economies, and Rethinking the Welfare State (2005), an analysis of global social welfare policies, particularly highlighting the effectiveness of government vouchers (both co-authored with the Faculty of Law’s Prof. Michael Trebilcock). In addition, he has authored or co-authored dozens of academic articles.

He was a visiting professor and Coca-Cola World Fellow at Yale Law School and John M. Olin Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School. In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Previously, Daniels was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Daniels earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 1982 and his LLM at Yale University School of Law. While a student at the Faculty of Law, he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Law Review and earned several academic honours.

The Faculty of Law’s convocation ceremony will be webcast live on June 6, starting at 10 am.