My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures
Since his call to the Bar in 1960, Martin L. Friedland has been involved in a number of important public policy issues, including bail, legal aid, gun control, securities regulation, access to the law, judicial independence and accountability, and national security. My Life in Crime and other Academic Adventures offers a first-hand account of the development of these areas of law from the perspective of a man who was heavily involved in their formation and implementation. It is also the story of a distinguished academic, author, and former dean of law at the University of Toronto.
Moving beyond the boundaries of conventional memoir, Friedland offers an extended meditation on public policy issues and significant events in the field of law, discussing their historical impact and predicting the course of their future development. Given his personal experience, there is no other person more suited to discuss these hugely important issues. Friedland puts the law and legal institutions into a wider context, looking at the role of personalities, politics, and pressure groups in the establishment of laws that continue to have tremendous importance for Canadians.
My Life in Crime and other Academic Adventures reflects upon a life devoted to education, scholarship, and the law, and is an insider account of public policy issues that have come to shape life in this country in the twentieth century and beyond.
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- Page Count: 530 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
Martin Friedland’s recent book My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures is both a personal memoir and a lively review of much that has happened in Canadian legal policy during the last forty years.
All in all, My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures by Martin L. Friedland is a wonderful autobiography of an individual who has accomplished much and who has observed, studied and commented upon the critical issues of the last half-century with aplomb, insight and becoming modesty.
Criminal Law Quarterly
‘Not surprisingly, Martin L. Friedland has written an excellent book which lucidly achieves his goal of combining a personal memoir with a historical and analytical investigation of a number of areas of law and public policy. This book is a fitting tribute to a scholar whose writing and academic adventures reveal entrepreneurial, eclectic, empirical, doctrinal, policy, and intellectual talents that are rarely found in one individual. His many contributions in so many fields that are chronicled in such an interesting way in these memoirs are unsurpassed by any contemporary Canadian legal scholar. My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures is a remarkable account by a remarkable academic.’
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C.
‘Martin L. Friedland has given us an enormously interesting and engaging account of his life as a scholarly and practical law reformer. His work touches virtually every field of criminal law that has been on the public agenda over the last half century. It has the great merit of illuminating not only the legal issues at stake but the politics of law reform.’
Peter H. Russell, University Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto
‘For those who were involved, directly or indirectly, in the process of criminal law reform that preceded the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this book will evoke a pre-renaissance in Canadian law, an era in which Martin L. Friedland was a leading artist. For aspiring young scholars, it should provide comfort in the face of a daunting task since it demonstrates unequivocally that many good things can come from buying a Sunbeam Alpine.’
Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
“The landscape of Canadian law has changed dramatically over the past forty years and Martin L. Friedland has witnessed much of it from the front lines. My Life in Crime and Other Academic Adventures is a pleasure to read, and takes us through a fascinating discussion of how law was practiced, studied, and legislated before cell phones, faxes, emails, and the Internet changed the world. Friedland’s experiences have brought him into contact with a who’s who of legal giants, and this book tells the story of how they have shaped today’s legal environment. You cannot tell the story of Martin L. Friedland without also telling the story of Canadian jurisprudence of the past forty years. I recommend this to anyone with an interest in the history of law in Canada.”
Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., senior partner of Greenspan, White
Martin L. Friedland is University Professor and Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990, and was awarded the Molson Prize in 1995.
Table of contents
2. Articling and the Bar Ads
3. Cambridge and Double Jeopardy
4. The Enforcement of Morality
5. More Double Jeopardy
6. Detention before Trial
7. Legal Aid
8. Criminal Courts
9. Securities Regulation
10. Machinery of Law Reform
11. The Law Reform Commission of Canada
12. Access to the Law
13. Deaning and the University
14. Gun Control
15. National Security
16. More National Security – Terrorism
17. Codification of the Criminal Law
18. The Charter
19. The Trials of Israel Lipski
20. The Case of Valentine Shortis
21. The Death of Old Man Rice
22. The Frailty of the Criminal Process – Some Observations
23. Sanctions and Rewards in the Legal System
24. Borderline Justice and Other Studies of Law and Society
25. A Place Apart: Judicial Independence and Accountability
26. Controlling Misconduct in the Military
27. Writing the History of the University of Toronto
Notes on Sources
Publications and Government Work of Martin L. Friedland
AwardsHeritage Toronto Book Award - Commended in 2008
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