Peter Hogg

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Peter Hogg
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Hogg speaking at the University of Western Ontario in 2010
Born Peter Wardell Hogg
(1939-03-12) March 12, 1939 (age 79)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Alma mater
Occupation Constitutional law scholar
Notable work Constitutional Law of Canada

Peter Wardell Hogg, CC QC FRSC (born March 12, 1939) is a Canadian lawyer, author and legal scholar. He is best known as the leading authority on Canadian constitutional law.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Hogg attended Nelson College from 1952 to 1956.[1] He earned his LL.B. from the University of New Zealand in 1962, his LL.M. from Harvard University in 1963, and his Ph.D. 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 has written 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.[2] 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.[3]

Hogg supports judicial restraint in cases dealing with disputes over Canadian federalism.[4]


Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  2. ^ Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, [2004] 3 S.C.R. 698
  3. ^ 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, B.C.: February 28, 2006, pg. 4.
  4. ^ Macklem, Patrick; Rogerson, Carol, eds. (2017). Canadian Constitutional Law (5th ed.). Toronto: Emond Publishing. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-77255-070-2.