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. The lecture is presented by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and co-sponsored by the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

Twenty-Third Annual Lecture

Date:  Friday, February 11, 2022 | 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST
Location: Youtube Livestream
Speaker: Professor and Interim Dean of Law Val Napoleon (University of Victoria) will deliver the 2022 Edwards Lecture.

*Please note that the 23rd Annual John Ll. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture will be livestreamed via Youtube.

Val Napoleon is one Canada’s most influential Indigenous legal scholars. She is the director of the Indigenous law degree program at UVic.  She also directs the Indigenous Law Research Unit, which she co-founded in 2012 to partner with Indigenous communities, in order to support them in researching, re-articulating and rebuilding their laws. She also holds the Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance, has been named a Canadian Indigenous Bar Association People’s Counsel—a rare distinction awarded to a First Nations, Inuit, or Metis lawyer for “outstanding achievements in the practice of law"— and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars in 2017. In 2021 she received a national Indspire Award and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from UNBC.

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Previous Edwards Lectures

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

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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

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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”