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David Dyzenhaus recognized with Gold Medal from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

David Dyzenhaus, a in U of T's Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts & Science’s department of philosophy, has been honoured with a Gold Medal from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The highest research honour awarded by SSHRC, the Gold Medal recognizes individuals whose leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. Dyzenhaus was recognized for his impact on legal philosophy and on defending the rule of law globally.

Dyzenhaus researches the idea of legality in philosophy of law and political thought, constitutionalism, and the modern legal state. His political philosophy expertise includes the works of 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes.

 “My unusual take on Hobbes is that one finds in him the first sophisticated theory of the modern legal state and the rule of law,” says Dyzenhaus.

Dyzenhaus, who holds U of T’s Albert Abel Chair of Law, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including a fellowship from the Royal Society of Canada and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

“David is a renowned scholar and teacher, celebrated by peers and students alike,” said University Professor Jutta Brunnée, dean of the Faculty of Law and James Marshall Tory Dean’s Chair. “It signals a lifetime of academic achievement and extraordinary expertise to receive this very special prize from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.”

“Throughout his career, David has produced a body of work of unusual depth and importance,” said Professor Martin Pickavé, chair of the department of philosophy.

“It is wonderful to see his rich research now recognized with one of the country’s most important national awards.”

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