Wednesday, May 17, 2017
kent roach

The Faculty of Law’s Professor Kent Roach, LLB 1987, Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy, is one of two recipients of the notable 2017 Molson Prize. The prize is given annually to one prominent Canadian in the arts, and one in the social sciences and humanities. The awards of $50,000 each recognize the remarkable achievements of distinguished Canadians, and encourage their contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage.

A member of the Order of Canada, and a 2013 Trudeau Scholar, Prof. Roach is a renowned national security, anti-terrorism, criminal and constitutional law scholar, and has written extensively on Canada’s Bill C-51, most recently co-writing with Craig Forcese False Security: The Radicalization of Anti-terrorism.

A prolific author, his publications include: Constitutional Remedies in Canada (winner of the Owen Prize); Due Process and Victims’ Rights and The Supreme Court on Trial (both short-listed for the Donner Prize); (with Robert J. Sharpe) Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (winner of the Dafoe Prize); The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism[D1] (winner of the Mundell Medal); and more than 200 articles and chapters published around the world, as well as in Canada.

In his outstanding service to the community, he directed the research for the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology and for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. He served on the research advisory committee for the inquiry into the rendition of Maher Arar, and the Ipperwash Inquiry into the killing of Dudley George. He also served as volume lead for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report on the Legacy of Residential Schools.

The Molson Prize is funded from the income of a $1 million endowment by the Molson Family Foundation given by the Canada Council, which bestows the awards together with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).