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John Norris

Department of Law
University of Toronto


John Norris is a practicing lawyer in Toronto. He received a B.A. (Honours Philosophy) from Carleton University and an M.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Western Ontario. He received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1991 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. Since then he has maintained a trial and appellate practice in the areas of criminal, constitutional and national security law. He has been an adjunct member of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, since 1996. He is the author of several scholarly articles, an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter and a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs. He acts regularly on interventions by public interest groups in appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a Director of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers and a past member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. In 2008, he was appointed by the Minister of Justice to the roster of Special Advocates for security certificate proceedings under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In 2011, he received the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility from The Advocates’ Society. In 2014, he was invited to join the faculty of the Philippe Kirsch Institute.

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