Professor Stephen Waddams

Faculty of Law

Appointed a University Professor in 2005

Stephen Waddams holds the Goodman/Schipper Chair at the Faculty of Law, where he has been teaching since 1968.  He specializes in private law, legal theory and legal history, and is the author of numerous books, law review articles and notes.  Through his scholarship, Professor Waddams has made exceptional contributions to legal theory in Canada and internationally.  His published books are landmarks in their respective fields, and include the seminal legal treatise, The Law of Contracts, which has been cited consistently by courts in Canada and beyond since it was published in 1977. His most recent book is Dimensions of Private Law, published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.

Professor Waddams has received numerous honours and awards, including the David W. Mundell Medal awarded annually by the Attorney-General to an Ontario writer for distinguished contributions to law and letters, the Owen Prize for his treatise The Law of Damages, and the Canadian Association of Law teacher’s/Law reform Commission of Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Research and Law Reform.  He holds an honorary Doctor of Canon Law from Thorneloe University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of Trinity College, and was appointed to the first named Chair at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.  Professor Waddams has been visiting senior research fellow, Jesus College, Oxford, visiting senior lecturer, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and visiting fellow, All Souls College, Oxford. In 1990, he received an award from the university student organizations for excellence in teaching.

In addition to his legal scholarship, Professor Waddams’ contributions to law reform have been exceptional in their quality, number and importance.  Professor Waddams served as Director, Co-Director and Research Director for several influential Ontario Law Reform Commission reports. Professor Waddams earned a doctoral and master’s degree in law from Michigan, a doctoral and undergraduate degree from Cambridge, and law and bachelor’s degree from Toronto.