Thursday, October 23, 2014
incoming dean edward iacobucci

By Althea Blackburn-Evans

The University of Toronto today announced the appointment of Professor Edward Iacobucci as dean of the Faculty of Law for a five-year term, beginning January 1, 2015.

“The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is a great Canadian institution, and one of the world’s best law schools,” said Iacobucci. “I am enormously fortunate to be associated with the Faculty, and am humbled and honoured to be its next dean.”

Iacobucci is currently professor, associate dean of research, and Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Since beginning his career at the Faculty in 1998, Iacobucci has been a visiting professor at New York University Law School in 2007, visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School in 2003, and a John M. Olin Visiting Fellow at Columbia University Law School in 2002. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, he was the John M. Olin Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia in 1997-98, and served as law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for Mr. Justice John Sopinka in 1996-97.

Iacobucci has a lengthy history of service to the University and the community through various administrative and leadership appointments, including being an active member of the University of Toronto Governing Council, a fellow-in-residence at the C.D. Howe Institute, and a past president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association.

He contributes significantly to the scholarly and teaching excellence of the Faculty. His areas of interest include corporate law, competition law, and law and economics. He was the recipient of the first Mewett Award for Excellence in Teaching at Faculty of Law in 2000 and was a joint winner with his co-authors of the 2002-03 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize in Canadian economic policy for The Law and Economics of Canadian Competition Policy.

“Professor Iacobucci brings to the position of dean a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and challenges of the Faculty and a progressive vision for the future,” said Provost Cheryl Regehr. “He has a celebrated dedication to teaching and an outstanding commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and societal engagement.”

Iacobucci received his B.A. (honours) in economics from Queen’s University, M.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford, and LL.B. in 1996 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

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