About Walter Tarnopolsky

walter tarnopolskyWalter Surma Tarnopolsky, judge, university professor, born in 1932 at Gronlid, Saskatchewan, received his education from the University of Saskatchewan, B.A. 1953, LL.B. 1957, Columbia University, M.A. 1955, and the London School of Economics, LL.M. 1962. Tarnopolsky taught law at several Canadian universities, specialized in the field of human rights and civil liberties.

He was a professor of law with the University of Saskatchewan 1959-1960 and 1963-1967, the University of Ottawa, 1962-1963 and 1979-1983, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 1967-1968 and 1972-1979, and the University of Windsor, 1968-1972, where he was also Dean of Law. He briefly served as the Vice-President (Academic) of York University in 1972.

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Walter S. Tarnopolsky was a renowned legal scholar, judge, and human rights advocate who was a pioneer in the development of human rights law and civil liberties in Canada. ICJ Canada is proud to award the prestigious Tarnopolsky prize annually to a resident of Canada who has made an outstanding contribution to human rights, domestically or internationally.

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