Peter Hogg

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

Peter Hogg

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

(1939-03-12) March 12, 1939
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineConstitutional law
Notable worksConstitutional Law of Canada

Early life and education

Born on March 12, 1939, in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Hogg attended Nelson College from 1952 to 1956.[1] He earned his LLB from the University of New Zealand in 1962, 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 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

  • 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. Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  2. Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, [2004] 3 SCR 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, BC: 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.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Marilyn L. Pilkington
Dean of Law at York University
Succeeded by
Patrick J. Monahan
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