Walter Tarnopolsky

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Walter Surma Tarnopolsky
BornAugust 1, 1932
DiedSeptember 15, 1993
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Saskatchewan, Columbia University
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Academic work

Walter Surma Tarnopolsky (August 1, 1932 – September 15, 1993) was a Canadian judge, legal scholar, and pioneer in the development of human rights law and civil liberties in Canada.

Background and education[edit]

Walter Surma Tarnopolsky was born on August 1, 1932, in Gronlid, Saskatchewan, to parents of Ukrainian descent.[1][2] He was educated at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his BA in 1953 and his LLB in 1957.[1] After completing his undergraduate education, he attended Columbia University, receiving his MA in 1955.[1] He subsequently received his LLM from the London School of Economics.

Degree School Year
BA University of Saskatchewan 1953
MA Columbia University 1955
LLB University of Saskatchewan 1957
LLM London School of Economics 1962


Tarnopolsky taught law at several Canadian universities, specializing in the fields of human rights and civil liberties. Between 1959 and 1983, he was a professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Windsor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and the University of Ottawa. He briefly served as the vice-president (Academic) of York University in 1972 and was the dean of Law at the University of Windsor from 1968 to 1972.

Year Law School
1959–1960 University of Saskatchewan
1962–1963 University of Ottawa
1963–1967 University of Saskatchewan
1967–1968 Osgoode Hall Law School
1968–1972 University of Windsor
1972–1979 Osgoode Hall Law School
1979–1983 University of Ottawa

From 1977 to 1983, he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. From 1977 to 1982, he was the president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In 1985, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He served on the Court of Appeal until his death on 15 September 1993 in Toronto.[2][3]


  • Discrimination and the Law in Canada (1982)[4]
  • "Freedom of the press" in Newspapers and the Law (1981)[5]
  • The Canadian Bill of Rights (1966, 1975)[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Simpson, Kieran, ed. (1981). Canadian Who's Who. Vol. 16. University of Toronto Press. p. 976. ISBN 0802045928. ISSN 0068-9963. OCLC 431575988.
  2. ^ a b Moore, Christopher (2014). The Court of Appeal for Ontario: Defining the Right of Appeal in Canada, 1792–2013. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 278. doi:10.3138/9781442622470. ISBN 978-1-4426-2247-0. JSTOR 10.3138/j.ctt1287q35.
  3. ^ "Former law dean championed rights". Windsor Star. September 17, 1993. p. 4 – via
  4. ^ Gadacz, René R. (1983). "Discrimination and the Law in Canada by Walter S. Tarnopolsky". Alberta Law Review. 21 (2): 393–394. doi:10.29173/alr1792. ISSN 1925-8356.
  5. ^ "Walter Surma Tarnopolsky". Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba. Retrieved October 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Simmonds, K. R. (October 1968). International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 17 (4): 1054–1055. doi:10.1093/iclqaj/17.4.1054-a. ISSN 0020-5893.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  7. ^ Gall, Gerald L. (1976). Alberta Law Review. 14 (2): 192–197. doi:10.29173/alr2340. ISSN 1925-8356.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)

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