2015 LA&PS Awards for Distinction in Research, Creativity or Scholarship

Lesley Jacobs – Established Researcher

Dr. Lesley Jacobs is recognized nationally and internationally for his interdisciplinary research in the fields of law, socio-legal studies, social science and political science. His areas of expertise include international trade, human rights, race relations, and law and political theory.

Since 2010, he has received over twenty research awards from external agencies. And, in 2016, he will begin his tenure as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-US Relations at the Smithsonian Institution’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Professor Jacobs is a tremendously productive scholar who engages with some of the most compelling human rights questions of our time within and outside of the University, always engaging students directly with these issues. For example, in 2014 he and two of his graduate students published Privacy Rights in the Digital Economy, which addresses the fluctuating nature of privacy rights and the effects on government policy.

Beyond the University, amongst his many projects with public and non-governmental organizations, I note in particular that Professor Jacob’s has worked with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, informing policy on competing human rights.

Professor Jacobs continues to be a leader in interdisciplinary research on the justice system and a champion for advancing fairness.