Peter W. Hogg to be honoured at Call to Bar ceremonies



Above: Peter W. Hogg

When a definitive answer is needed on constitutional law in Canada, York’s Peter W. Hogg is the person most often consulted.

Canada’s leading constitutional law scholar, Hogg’s views have frequently been adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada. His work is also recognized and referred to internationally.

Hogg, who has often acted as consultant to the federal and provincial governments, various public bodies and several private law firms, is going to be accorded an honorary doctorate at a Call to the Bar ceremony.

The following account came from Virginia Corner, communications manager of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Hogg, who will complete a five-year appointment as dean of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School on June 30, will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the Law Society of Upper Canada during Call to the Bar on July 15 at Roy Thomson Hall.

Honorary LLDs are presented to individuals who have shown themselves to be role models because of their high standards, dedication and outstanding contributions to society.

Hogg, 64, has been a much loved and respected member of the Osgoode faculty since 1970. He earned an LLB from the University of New Zealand in 1962, an LLM from Harvard University a year later, and a PhD from Melbourne’s Monash University in 1970.

Called to the bar of Ontario in 1973, Hogg is one of Canada’s finest constitutional lawyers and legal scholars. A teacher of Canadian constitutional law, trusts and income tax law, he is the author of Constitutional Law of Canada, Liability of the Crown and Principles of Canadian Income Tax Law.

Named a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, Hogg was also made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1988, an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and a recipient of the Law Society Medal, Law Society of Upper Canada in 1996. That same year, Hogg received a Teaching Excellence Award, bestowed by students at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Hogg, who will be on a year’s leave before his retirement, will be succeeded by Osgoode Professor and Associate Dean Patrick J. Monahan as dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.