Kent Roach

Kent Roach is a professor of law at the University of Toronto. He formerly served as a law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2002, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2017, he received the Molson Prize for contribution to the social sciences. Professor Roach is the author of seventeen books. They include Constitutional Remedies in Canada (awarded the 1997 Walter Owen Book Prize and now in its second edition); Due Process and Victims’ Rights (shortlisted for the 1999 Donner Prize); The Supreme Court on Trial: Judicial Activism or Democratic Dialogue (shortlisted for the 2001 Donner Prize and with a revised edition published in 2016); Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey, co-authored with Robert Sharpe (winner of the 2003 Defoe Prize); The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism (co-winner of the 2012 Mundell Medal); False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism, co-authored with Craig Forcese (winner of the 2016 Canadian Law and Society book prize); and Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice: The Gerald Stanley/Colten Boushie Case (shortlisted for the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize). He is also the author of Criminal Law, now in its seventh edition, in the Irwin Law Essentials of Canadian Law series. Professor Roach has represented interveners in many Charter cases, including Downtown Eastside Sex Workers on standing; Khawaja on terrorism; Sauvé on voting and equality; Kokepenace and Chouhan on jury selection; Tanudjaja on housing rights; Latimer on mandatory penalties; Golden on strip searches; and Ward, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, and Ontario v G on Charter remedies.

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