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J. Barry Wright

Professor Emeritus (cross appointed Law and Criminology)

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), LL.B. (York), LL.M. (London), Ph.D. (York)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8201
Office:D199 LA (Loeb Building)
Website:Curriculum Vitae

Current research

  • Political trials and the administration of national security measures in Canadian history
  • Utilitarianism, 19th century criminal law reform and codification
  • Comparative study of rule of law issues and 19th century British colonial and post colonial governance

Teaching interests

  • history
  • criminal and constitutional law
  • legal, political and social theory

Selected Media Appearances

Selected publications

Edited Books:

Canadian State Trials Volume Five: World War, Cold War and Challenges to Sovereignty, 1939-1990 (co-edited with Susan Binnie and Eric Tucker) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022 (530 pgs)

Canadian State Trials Volume Four: Security, Dissent and the Limits of Toleration in War and Peace, 1914-1939 (co-edited with Eric Tucker and Susan Binnie) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015 (506 pages)

Codification, Macaulay and the Indian Penal Code: The Legacies and Modern Challenges of Criminal Law Reform (co-edited with Wing-Cheong Chan and Stanley Yeo) Ashgate UK, 2011 (379 pages)

Canadian State Trials Volume Three: Political Trials and Security Measures 1840-1914 (coedited with Susan Binnie) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009 (617 pages)

Chapters in Other Edited Books:

“State Trials in Post-revolution British North America” in M. Davis, E. Macleod, and G. Pentland eds., Political Trials in an Age of Revolution: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 357-383

“Macaulay’s India Law Reforms and Labour in the British Empire” in Shaunnagh Dorsett and John McLaren eds., Legal Histories of the British Empire: Laws, Engagements and Legacies London: Routledge, 2014, 218-33


Looking at Law: Canada’s Legal System 7th. ed. (co-authored with Vincent Kazmierski, Betina Kuzmarov and Rebecca Bromwich) Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019 (221 pages).

(see CV link above for a full list of publications)