The annual Edwards lecture is delivered in honour of the Centre of Criminology's founder, Prof. John LL. J. Edwards. The lecture is presented by The Centre of Criminology, the Faculty of Law, and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

The 2017 John LL. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture

Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center of the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley

Four Turning Points in the History of US Penality and their Legacy for the Contemporary Penal State"

Thursday October 26th, 2017

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Reception to follow

Canadiana Gallery - Room 160
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
14 Queen's Park Crescent West

Past Lectures

  • Professor Marie Gottschalk (Political Science Department,  University of Pennsylvania), "Are we there yet? The future of penal reform and the carceral state in the US." (April 8th, 2016)
  • The Honourable Professor Irwin Cotler, Former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, "“The Omnibus Criminal [In] Justice Agenda: Whither Parliament, the Courts and the Charter” (March 26, 2015)
  • Anthony Doob, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto, “Losing Our Balance: Old and New Directions in Canadian Criminal Justice Policy” (February 6, 2014)
  • The Hon. Ian Binnie, with an ntroduction by the Hon. Roy McMurtry (November 20, 2012)
  • Professor Federico Varese, Oxford University: "Current Challenges in the Study of Organized Crime" (January 17, 2011)
  • Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor emerita of History at Princeton University, Adjunct Professor of History and Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, "Judges, Masters, Diviners: Slaves’ Experience of Criminal Justice in Colonial Suriname" (January 25, 2010)
  • Professor Loïc Wacquant, University of California at Berkeley and the Centre de Sociologie Européenne, Paris, "Reconstructing the Penal State"
  • Professor Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Governing Green Laboratories: Trust and Surveillance in the Cultures of Science". 
  • Prof. Richard V. Ericson, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto: "Criminalization and the Politics of Uncertainty." 
  • Professor Martin Friedland, University Professor Emeritus of Law and Criminology, University of Toronto: "Criminal Justice in Canada Revisited"
  • Professor David Garland, New York University: "The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society"
  • Professor James Fyfe, Crime and Justice Research Institute, Temple University: "Police Officers Involved in Career-Ending Misconduct"
  • Professor John Beattie, University of Toronto: "The Problem of Urban Crime: London 1660-1750."
  • Professor Kent Roach, University of Saskatchewan: "The Attorney-General and the Charter"