Harry ArthursUniversity Professor
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto
former president, York University, and former law dean
Harry Arthurs is a University Professor, former Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School (1972-77) and President of York University (1985-92). He has also been an academic visitor at Oxford, Cambridge and University College, London. He has served as Commissioner reviewing Canada’s labor standards legislation (2004-2006) and as Commissioner reviewing Ontario’s pension legislation (2006-2008). He holds an OC, OO, BA, and LLB from Toronto and an LLM from Harvard.
Arthurs’ publications range widely over the areas of legal education and the legal profession, legal history and legal theory, labor and administrative law, globalization and - in recent years - constitutionalism. His academic contributions have been recognized by his election as an Associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 2002, he was awarded the Canada Council’s Killam Prize for his lifetime contributions to the social sciences as well as the Bora Laskin Prize for his contributions to labor law.
Arthurs has been an arbitrator and mediator in labor disputes, has conducted inquiries and reviews at Canadian and American universities, and has provided advice to governments on a number of issues ranging from higher education policy to the constitution to labour and employment law. He has also served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, member of the Economic Council of Canada and President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and holds numerous honorary degrees (LLD from Brock, Law Society of Upper Canada, McGill, Montreal, Sherbrooke and Toronto; Hon DLitt (Lethbridge), Hon DCL (Windsor), FRSC, FBA of the Bar of Ontario, President Emeritus, University Professor of Law and Political Science.)