Peter W. Hogg
Scholar in Residence | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3194

Peter is Canada's leading constitutional law scholar and professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School. We are very proud that he is part of our unique Scholar in Residence program.

As Scholar in Residence, Peter continues with his academic work (writing and teaching) and provides counsel to the Firm in the areas of constitutional law, governmental liability and the law of trusts. He also assists with our continuing legal education and student recruitment activities.

Peter became a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1970. His connection with Blakes started in 1990, when he spent two years with us as Scholar in Residence while he prepared a new edition of his constitutional law treatise.

In 1992, Peter returned to Osgoode Hall but retained an informal affiliation with us. He came back to Blakes in 1997 to spend another year as Scholar in Residence. From 1998-2003, he served as dean of Osgoode Hall before returning once more to Blakes as Scholar in Residence.


Peter combines his academic work with counsel work, opinion work and expert testimony in constitutional law, governmental liability and trusts. He has given advice to the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, other provincial governments, legislative committees, various public bodies, aboriginal organizations and private law firms. He has appeared as counsel in a number of constitutional cases, 15 of which have gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, including:

  • Counsel for the Government of Canada in the Securities Regulation Reference, Supreme Court of Canada, 2011

  • Counsel for the Government of Canada in the Assisted Human Reproduction Reference, Supreme Court of Canada, 2010

  • Counsel for the Government of Canada in the Same-Sex Marriage Reference, 2004


Peter has been recognized in Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers, and he has received many honours and awards including:

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, York University, 2006

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Université de Montréal, 2005

  • Companion of the Order of Canada (highest level of the Order), 2003

  • Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law, Canadian Bar Association, 2003

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Law Society of Ontario, 2003

  • Law Society Medal, Law Society of Ontario, 1996

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1988

  • Queen's Counsel (Ontario), 1980

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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, February 7, 2018.
Co-author: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada, 1980-81
Supreme Court Law Review (2d), Vol. 81, December 2017.
Co-author: Why Judges Should Dissent
University of Toronto Law Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 126, University of Toronto Press, March, 2017.
Co-author: The Honour of the Crown: Reshaping Canada's Constitutional Law
72 S.C.L.R. (2d) 29, 2016.
Co-author: Statutory Limitation of Aboriginal or Treaty Rights: What Counts as Justification?
Lakehead Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 3-15, 2015.
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