John Ll. J.Edwards Memorial Lecture

The annual John Ll. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture is delivered in honour of the Centre’s founder, Professor John Ll. J. Edwards. See below for the previous Edwards Memorial Lectures. 

Twenty-Fourth Annual Lecture

Family Policing and the Carceral Web: A Call for Abolition 

    Previous Edwards Lectures

    Twenty-Third Annual Lecture

    Prisms of Justice: Indigenous Legal Perspectives

    • Professor Val Napoleon (University of Victoria)
    • Friday, February 11, 2022 | 12:00pm to 1:30pm 
    • Abstract: When we hear the term justice employed, we of course apply our own expectations and definitions wrought through our own grids of intelligibility and experience. Justice and all that the concept encompasses form the aspirations that people hold for law and this includes Indigenous law. This is the way I want to take up the conversation about justice – from an Indigenous legal perspective and from within an Indigenous legal perspective. In other words, how is justice an aspiration of Indigenous law whether dealing with harms and injuries, conflicts, lands and water, gender, human rights, and so on?
    • The lecture was presented by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and co-sponsored by the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

    Twenty-Second Annual Lecture

    Post-Pandemic Scenarios: A view from the perspective of the epistemologies of the South 

    • Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra)
    • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    • Abstract: I have been arguing in favor of the epistemologies of the south, a new epistemological paradigm aiming at bringing about global cognitive justice (lastly, The End of Cognitive Empire, Duke University Press 2018). In light of this epistemological stance, I identify and evaluate three possible scenarios in the period of intermittent pandemic we are entering now.

    Twenty-First Annual Lecture

    Prabha Kotiswaran presents

    Video recording of the lecture

    Thursday, November 28, 2019
    The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse

    Speaker: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran
    Time: 5:00-6:30pm
    Location: Canadiana Gallery Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West

    Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP at

    Twentieth Annual Lecture

    Monday, November 19, 2018
    The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in the law

    Speaker: Senator Murray Sinclair
    Time: 5:00-6:30pm
    Location: Debates Room, 2nd floor Hart House, 7 Kings College Circle

    Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP to

    Nineteenth Annual Lecture

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    The arcs of mass incarceration: Four turning points in the history of U.S. penality and their legacy for the contemporary penal state

    Speaker: Jonathan Simon, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley
    Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
    Place: Canadiana Gallery Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West
    Reception to follow. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20, 2017 to

    Eighteenth Annual Lecture:

    Friday April 8th, 2016

    Are we there yet? The future of penal reform and the carceral state in the US.”

    Speakers: Marie Gottschalk, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
    Time 4:30 – 6:30pm
    PLACE: Canadiana Gallery Building  Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West
    Reception to follow. Attendence is free but Registration is required.  Please RSVP by Monday, April 4th to

    If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Lori Wells at  (416) 978- 3722 x 226 or email to make appropriate arrangements

    Seventeenth Annual Lecture: March 26th, 2015

    • Lecturer: The Honourable Professor Irwin Cotler
    • Topic: The Omnibus Criminal (In) Justice Agenda: Whither Parliament, the Courts and the Charter

    Sixteenth Annual Lecture: February 6, 2014

    • Lecturer: Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob, University of Toronto
    • Topic: “Losing our balance: Old and New Directions in Canadian Criminal Justice Policy”

    Fifteenth Annual Lecture: November 20, 2012

    • Lecturer: The Hon. Justice Ian Binnie
    • Topic: “Taking Wrongful Convictions Seriously”

    Fourteenth Annual Lecture: September 20, 2011

    • Lecturer: Lucia Zedner, Oxford University
    • Topic: “The Historical Origins of the Preventive State – or just how new is the new penology”

    Thirteenth Annual Lecture: January 17, 2011

    • Lecturer: Federico Varese, Oxford University
    • Topic: “Current Challenges in the Study of Organized Crime”

    Twelfth Annual Lecture: January 25, 2010

    Eleventh Annual Lecture: November 27, 2008

    • Lecturer: Loïc Wacquant, University of California, Berkeley, and Centre de sociologie européene, Paris
    • Topic: “Reconstructing the Penal State”

    Tenth Annual Lecture: October 17, 2006

    • Lecturer: Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Topic: “Governing Green Laboratories: Trust and Surveillance in the Cultures of Science”

    Ninth Annual Lecture: March 3, 2005

    • Lecturer: Professor Richard Ericson, Professor of Criminology, University of Toronto
    • Topic: “Criminalization and the Politics of Uncertainty”

    Eighth Annual Lecture: October 22, 2003

    • Lecturer: Professor Martin Friedland, University Professor Emeritus of Law and Criminology, University of Toronto
    • Topic: “Criminal Justice in Canada Revisited”

    Seventh Annual Lecture: March 6, 2002

    • Lecturer: Professor David Garland, New York University
    • Topic: “The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society”

    Sixth Annual Lecture: March 27, 2001

    • Lecturer: Professor James Fyfe, Crime and Justice Research Institute, Temple University
    • Topic: “Police Officers Involved in Career-Ending Misconduct”

    Fifth Annual Lecture: March 23, 2000

    • Lecturer: Professor John Beattie, University of Toronto
    • Topic: “The Problem of Urban Crime: London 1660-1750”

    Fourth Annual Lecture: February 25, 1999

    • Lecturer: Professor Kent Roach, University of Saskatchewan
    • Topic: “The Attorney-General and the Charter”

    Third Annual Lecture: December 3, 1997

    • Lecturer: Professor Janet Chan, University of New South Wales
    • Topic: “Policing Accounts: The New Accountability and Cultural Resistance”

    Second Annual Lecture: November 13, 1996

    • Lecturer: Professor Pat O’Malley, La Trobe University, Australia
    • Topic: “Criminology and the New Liberalism”

    Inaugural Lecture: November 1, 1995

    • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Ashworth, King’s College, University of London, England
    • Topic: “Mens Rea and Statutory Offences”