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Kent Roach is professor of law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Bertha Wilson and has been the editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Quarterly for two decades. Roach is the author of 15 books, co-editor of 13 collections of essays and three casebooks, and has written more than 200 articles and chapters published in a dozen countries. In 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Roach lives in Oakville.


Kent Roach on his award-nominated book, Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice

Award History

2019 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice

Jury Citation

"A highly readable autopsy of a controversial criminal case that rocked the nation, Roach’s book meticulously details many of the gaps and failings of Canada’s justice system and the systemic racism that it harbours. Authoritative and impeccably researched, it provides a fair, insightful, and thought-provoking read that should serve as a call for action. The injustices laid bare in Roach’s exposé are undeniable. From detailing a sloppy investigation to questionable court tactics and instructions, this is a powerful eye opener grounded in facts and the historical and political context happening outside the courtroom’s doors. You may think you know this case, but you will walk away with a richer perspective." —2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Greg Donaghy, Althia Raj, and Paula Simons)