Robert J. Sharpe

Robert Sharpe was formerly a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he wrote and taught in the areas of constitutional law, remedies, civil procedure, and criminal law. From 1990 to 1995, he served as Dean of the Faculty. He has appeared as counsel in a number of Charter cases in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1988 to 1990, he served as the Supreme Court’s Executive Legal Officer. He was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) in 1995 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1999. He retired from the judiciary in 2020 and is currently Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Robert Sharpe was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991, presented with the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and elected as a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2006. In 2008, he received the Mundell Medal for making a distinguished contribution to law and letters. In 2011, he was appointed as a visiting professor, Oxford University, and received honorary doctoral degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Windsor. Justice Sharpe has published many scholarly articles and is the author of several award-winning books on law and legal history, including The Law of Habeas Corpus, 3d ed (2011); The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial (1988); Injunctions and Specific Performance, 5th ed (2017); Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach) (2003); The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon) (2007); The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (2011); and Good Judgment: Making Judicial Decisions (2018).

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