Appointment of Professor Stephen J. Toope as Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

PDAD&C#36, 2013-14

To:  Faculty, Students and Staff of the Munk School of Global Affairs
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
David Cameron, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science 
Date:  January 22, 2014 
cc:  President Meric Gertler
The Bulletin
Re:  Appointment of Professor Stephen J. Toope as Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs


We are delighted to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Stephen J. Toope as the new Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. Professor Toope's appointment takes effect January 1, 2015 and runs until June 30, 2020.

Professor Toope is currently the President of the University of British Columbia (UBC), a position he has held since 2006. He is a noted scholar of international law who represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002-2007. He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of continuity and change in international law, and the origins of international obligation in international society.

Prior to joining UBC, Professor Toope was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a position he held since 2002. The Foundation is an independent, private, and non-partisan organization created to promote outstanding research and interaction between researchers in the social sciences and humanities and the wider society. From 1994-1999, he served as the dean of McGill University's Faculty of Law. Previously, he served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1986-1987.

A Canadian citizen, Professor Toope earned his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, (1987), his degrees in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University (1983), and graduated magna cum laude with his AB in History and Literature from Harvard University (1979).

We are delighted to have a scholar and academic leader of Professor Toope's stature taking over as director at the Munk School. We know he will continue the School's proud tradition of world-leading work on global affairs.

We also want to make note of the remarkable contribution of Janice Stein, who has directed the Munk School since its inception in 2000. Janice Stein is rightfully recognized as one of the world's leading thinkers on international issues. Her academic rigour is matched only by her tireless promotion of a well-informed public discussion of global issues. We are pleased that with the approval of the Agenda Committee, she has agreed to stay on as director until Professor Toope's term begins.

Please join us in welcoming Professor Stephen Toope to the University of Toronto.