BA (York), LLB (Osgoode), LLM (Columbia), JSD (Columbia)
Justice James Stribopoulos earned a B.A. from York University and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. After his call to the bar he briefly practiced criminal law before attending Columbia Law School, where he earned an LL.M. and graduated a James Kent Scholar. After several years in criminal practice, Justice Stribopoulos returned to Columbia where he also earned his doctorate in law (J.S.D.).
Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2013, Justice Stribopoulos was the Associate Dean and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he taught criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence in Osgoode’s JD Program, while also serving as Co-Director of the Part-Time LL.M Program Specializing in Criminal Law and Procedure. In 2008, Justice Stribopoulos was awarded the Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Award. He was also the recipient of the Law School’s Legal and Literary Society’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Justice Stribopoulos began his teaching career with the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. In November 2013, following his appointment to the bench, in recognition of his contributions to the law as both a scholar and a lawyer, as well as his longstanding connections to the faculty, Justice Stribopoulos was appointed an Honourary Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law.
While a member of Osgoode’s full-time faculty, Justice Stribopoulos maintained a small criminal appellate practice, arguing cases regularly before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Since his appointment to the bench, Justice Stribopoulos remains affiliated with Osgoode as an adjunct professor, teaching in both the Law School’s JD program and its part-time LL.M. program Specializing in Criminal and Procedure. He also continues to serve as Co-Director of that latter program. Beyond Osgoode, Justice Stribopoulos is active in continuing legal education, he has organized and regularly presents at educational programs across Canada for both judges and lawyers.
As an academic, Justice Stribopoulos conducted research and published extensively in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, comparative criminal procedure, constitutional law, advocacy, legal ethics, the legal profession and the legal process. He recently co-authored (with Steven Penney and Enzo Rondinelli) Criminal Procedure in Canada, 2nd ed., (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2018), and co-edited (with Benjamin L. Berger and Emma Cunliffe) To Ensure Justice is Done: Essays in Memory of Marc Rosenberg (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017).