Christopher Robinson (lawyer)

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Christopher Robinson
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Born (1828-01-21)21 January 1828
York (Toronto), Upper Canada
Died 31 October 1905(1905-10-31) (aged 77)
Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater Trinity College
Occupation lawyer and editor
Relatives John Beverley Robinson, father

Christopher Robinson, QC (21 January 1828 – 31 October 1905) was a Canadian lawyer and prosecutor known for representing the Government of Canada in a number of high-profile cases and international disputes. Upon graduation from Upper Canada College, he obtained a BA from Trinity College and a MA from the same institution and was called to the bar in 1850. He was appointed a QC in 1863. He twice represented the crown prosecution when Patrick John Whelan appealed his conviction for the murder of D'Arcy McGee and was the prosecuting attorney that prevailed in the trial of Louis Riel. In his later career, he represented crown interests in the Bering Sea Arbitration of 1893, and was selected by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier to represent the Canadian position in a dispute with the United States regarding the boundaries of Alaska. Robinson declined a knighthood in 1894. He died in Toronto, Ontario on 31 October 1905.


Academic offices
Preceded by
The Hon. George William Allan
Chancellor of the University of Trinity College
Succeeded by
John A. Worrell