Stephen J. Toope

Stephen J. Toope is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and former President of The University of British Columbia and Vice – Chair of the Board of World University Services of Canada. He also sits on the AUCC Executive, the SSHRC Council, and the CIFAR Research Council. He is past President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, served as co-director of the Institute for European Studies, and was the youngest dean in the history of McGill University’s Faculty of Law.

Dr. Toope has served as board chair and member of various non-governmental organizations promoting human rights and international development, including the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and was a member of the UN observer delegation to the first post-apartheid South African elections. Dr. Toope has been a consultant on international human rights, international law, and legal reform for the Canadian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Justice, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Dr. Toope’s scholarly interests cover public international law, legal theory, human rights, international dispute resolution and family law. He continues to conduct research and teach on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of human rights and culture, and international human rights law.