Kent Roach is professor of law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He previously served on the research advisory committee of the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar and as research director of the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. He also served as law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada.
He is the author or co-author of 15 books including September 11: Consequences for Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003); The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011) (co-winner of the 2012 Mundell Medal); False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism Law (Irwin Law, 2015, with Craig Forcese) (winner of the 2016 Canada Law and Society Association Book Prize); Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) (short-listed for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing); and Remedies for Human Rights Violations: A Two-Track Approach to Supra-national and National Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He is also the editor or co-editor of 13 essay collections. He has been editor-in-chief of the Criminal Law Quarterly since 1998.
Kent was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002. In 2013, he was one of four academics awarded a Trudeau Fellowship in recognition of his research and social contributions. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and was awarded the Molson Prize in 2017 for his contributions to the social sciences and humanities. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Yale University.