Peter Hogg

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Peter Hogg

Hogg speaking at the University of Western Ontario in 2010
Peter Wardell Hogg

(1939-03-12)12 March 1939
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Died4 February 2020(2020-02-04) (aged 80)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineConstitutional law
Notable worksConstitutional Law of Canada

Peter Wardell Hogg CC QC FRSC (12 March 1939 – 4 February 2020) was a New Zealand-born Canadian legal scholar and lawyer. He was best known as a leading authority on Canadian constitutional law, with the most academic citations in Supreme Court jurisprudence of any living scholar during his lifetime, according to Emmett Macfarlane of the University of Waterloo.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, on 12 March 1939, Hogg attended Nelson College from 1952 to 1956.[2][3] He earned his LLB from Victoria University College, a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, in 1962,[4] his LLM from Harvard University in 1963, and his PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in 1970.


In 1970, he was appointed Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and was appointed Dean in 1998. In 2003 he accepted a position as scholar in residence at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Hogg wrote several books, including Constitutional Law of Canada, the single most-cited book in decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2004, he was lead counsel for the Canadian government in the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage reference.[5] Hogg also advised the committee that studied Marshall Rothstein's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying the creation of the committee was important to Canada's legal history and informing it that it should not ask political questions about abortion and same-sex marriage.[6]

Hogg supported judicial restraint in cases dealing with disputes over Canadian federalism.[7]

Hogg was the academic supervisor of Randal Graham during Graham's PhD studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.[8]


Peter Hogg died on 4 February 2020.[9][2]


Selected works[edit]

  • Hogg, Peter W. (2007) [1st ed. pub. 1977]. Constitutional Law of Canada (5th ed.). Toronto: Carswell. ISBN 978-0-7798-1337-7.
  • —; Monahan, Patrick J.; Wright, Wade K. (2011) [1st ed. pub. 1971]. Liability of the Crown (4th ed.). Toronto: Carswell. ISBN 978-0-7798-3635-2.
  • —; Magee, Joanne E.; Li, Jinyan (2013) [1st ed. pub. 1995]. Principles of Canadian Income Tax Law (8th ed.). Toronto: Carswell. ISBN 978-0-7798-5513-1.


  1. ^ "Renowned legal scholar and lawyer Peter Hogg dead at 80". Canadian Lawyer. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Passings: Peter Hogg, dean emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School, dead at 80". York University. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Full school list of Nelson College, 1856–2005". Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006 (CD-ROM) (6th ed.). 2006.
  4. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Hi–Hy". Shadows of Time. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  5. ^ Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, [2004] 3 SCR 698
  6. ^ John Ward, "Even the paintings seemed bored as MPs question high court nominee: Column Constitutional expert Peter Hogg called it a historic moment. Then he carefully outlined the kind of historic questions the MPs shouldn't ask," Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC: February 28, 2006, pg. 4.
  7. ^ Macklem, Patrick; Rogerson, Carol, eds. (2017). Canadian Constitutional Law (5th ed.). Toronto: Emond Publishing. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-77255-070-2.
  8. ^ Peter Hogg, taken from Emond Publishing website. "From the forward of Statutory Interpretation: Theory and Practise by Randal Graham". Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  9. ^ "About Peter". Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Mr. Peter Wardell Hogg". The Governor General of Canada.

External links[edit]

Fine, Sean (21 February 2020). "New Zealander Peter Hogg quietly shaped Canadian law". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 April 2020.

Academic offices
Preceded by Dean of Law at York University
Succeeded by