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SCOTT, Craig, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.
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Date of Birth ( 1962.03.14
Place of Birth: Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Profession | Occupation: Advocate (human rights), lawyer, professor of law
Federal Political Experience
Years of Service: 1309 Days (3 years, 6 months, 31 days)
^ House of Commons
ConstituencyPolitical Affiliation at ElectionDate of Election (
Toronto--Danforth, Ontario New Democratic Party 2015.10.19 Defeated
Toronto--Danforth, Ontario Maiden speech. New Democratic Party 2012.03.19

^ Parliamentary Group
PartyTerm (
New Democratic Party 2012.03.19 - 2015.10.18

^ Offices and Roles as a Parliamentarian

Area of ResponsibilityTerm (
Parliamentary Reform 2013.08.13 - 2015.10.18
Democratic Reform 2012.09.20 - 2015.10.18

Assistant / Associate Critic

Area of ResponsibilityTerm (
Justice 2012.04.19 - 2013.01.16

^ Committees - House of Commons
Committee membership is shown below by session. All members who served on a committee at any time during a session are listed.

CommitteeRoleDuring Session
Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs Member 41st Parl., 2nd Session (2013.10.16 - 2015.08.02)
Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights Member 41st Parl., 1st Session (2011.06.02 - 2013.09.13)
Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs Member 41st Parl., 1st Session (2011.06.02 - 2013.09.13)

Selected Publications This bibliography includes books, chapters in books and journal articles written, edited, compiled or translated solely by the parliamentarian or with others.

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^ Sole Author Chapters in Books

  • 1972 : new approaches to international law.
    in : Compendium: the first twenty-five years / Les premiers vingt-cinq ans. Ottawa : CCIL; 1998. P.128-42

  • Bodies of knowledge : a diversity promotion role for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
    in : The future of UN human rights monitoring. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press; 2000. p. 403-37

  • Introduction to torture as tort : from Sudan to Canada to Somalia.
    in : Torture as tort : comparative perspectives on the development of transnational human rights litigation. Oxford : Hart Publishing; 2001. p. 3-44

  • Multinational enterprises and emergent jurisprudence on violations of economic, social and cultural rights.
    in : Economic, social and cultural rights : a textbook, 2nd edition. Norwell, Ma : Nijhoff; 2001. p. 563-96

  • Social values projected and protected: a brief appraisal of the federal and Ontario government proposals.
    Kingston, Ont : Institute for Intergovernmental Relations; 1992. p. 81-92, 95-6

  • Towards the institutional integration of the core human rights treaties.
    in : Reaching beyond words: giving meaning to economic, social and cultural rights. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press; 2001. p. 7-38, fn.213-25

  • Translating torture into transnational tort : conceptual divides in the debate on corporate accountability for human rights harms.
    in : Torture as tort: comparative perspectives on the development of transnational human rights litigation. Oxford : Hart Publications; 2001. p. 45-63


  • Canada's international human rights obligations and disadvantaged members of society : finally into the spotlight.
    Constitutional forum. 10 (4):97-111 1999.

  • CLPE research paper 4/2008 : Diverse persuasion(s): From rhetoric to representation (and back again to rhetoric) in international human rights interpretation.
    Working Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. Jan. 24, 2008.

  • CLPE Research Paper No. 10/2011 : a surfer’s guide to US foreign policy in Egypt, or has Obama been snookered?.
    Working Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. Feb 2011.

  • CLPE Research Paper No. 13/2011 : Taking tea with torturers : from the Shah of Iran to Egypt’s Mubarak to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, cozy relationships in US foreign policy need to be questioned.
    Accepted Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. Jan. 2011.

  • A core curriculum for the transnational legal education of JD and LLB students: surveying the approach of the international, comparative and transnational law program at Osgoode Hall Law School.
    Penn State law review. 23:757-73 2005.

  • Covenant constitutionalism and the Canada assistance plan.
    Constitutional forum. 6 (3):79-87 Spring 1995.

  • Indigenous self-determination and decolonization of the international imagination : a plea.
    Human rights quarterly. 18 (4):814-20 1996.

  • The interdependence and permeability of human rights norms: towards a partial fusion of the international covenants on human rights.
    Osgoode Hall law journal. 27 (3):769-878 Fall 1989.

  • Interpreting intervention.
    The Canadian yearbook of international law. 39:333-69 2001.

  • Iraq and the serious consequences of word games: language, violence and responsibility in the security council.
    German law journal. 3 (11) Nov. 2002.

  • Israel's seizure of the Gaza-bound flotilla : applicable laws and legality.
    Accepted Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. 20 Oct. 2010 revised 22 Feb. 2011.

  • Moral and legal responsibility with respect to alleged mistreatment of transferred detainees in Afghanistan: presentation to the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.
    Working Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. 13 Feb. 2010.

  • Postscript on “The serious consequences of word games”: the signaling game around the “final opportunity” for Iraq in security council resolution 1441.
    German law journal. 11 (8/9):943-64 Aug. 2010.

  • Producing an insightful research paper: some elements to consider.
    Working Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. Oct. 1, 2010.

  • Reaching beyond (without abandoning) the category of "economic, social and cultural rights".
    Human rights quarterly. 21 (3):633-60 1999.

  • Ronald St. John Macdonald and international legal education.
    International law FORUM du droit international. 4 (4):215-21 Nov. 2002.

  • Social rights : towards a principled, pragmatic judicial role.
    ESR Economic and social rights. 21 (3):633-60 Mar. 1999.

  • ‘Transnational law’ as proto-concept : three conceptions.
    German law journal. 10 (7): 859-76 July 2009.

  • The transnationalization of truth : a meditation on Sri Lanka and Honduras.
    Ethics in action. 5 (1):36-96 Feb. 2011.

  • Will Canada be an open democracy after may 2?.
    Working Paper Series : Osgoode Hall Law School.

^ Sole Editor / Compiler / Translator Books

  • Torture as tort : comparative perspectives on the development of transnational human rights litigation.
    Hart Publications : Oxford, 2001.

^ Multiple Authors Chapters in Books

  • Constitutional dialogue. Scott, Craig and Jennifer Nedelsky
    in : Social justice and the constitution: perspectives on the social union for Canada. Ottawa : Carleton University Press; 1992. p. 59-83

  • Transnational governance of corporate conduct through migration of human rights norms : the potential contribution of transnational "private" litigation. Scott, Craig and Robert Wai
    in: Transnational governance and constitutionalism. Oxford : Hart Publishing; 2004. p. 287 - 319


  • Adjucating constitutional priorities in a transnational context : a comment on Soobramoney's legacy and Grootboom's promise. Scott, Craig and Philip Alston
    South African journal of human rights. 16 (2):206-68 2000.

  • The breakdown of the rule of law in Sri Lanka: an overview. Yap, James and Craig Scott
    Working Paper Series - Osgoode Hall Law School. Sept. 22, 2010.

  • Constitutional ropes of sand or justiciable guarantees? Social rights in new South African constitution. Scott, Craig and Patrick Macklem
    University of Pennsylvania law review. 141 (1):1-148 1992.

  • Foreword: making a case for comparative constitutionalism and transnational law. Zumbansen, Peer and Craig Scott
    Osgoode Hall law journal. 46 (3):vii-xix 2008.

  • A memorial for Bosnia : framework of legal arguments concerning the lawfulness of the maintenance of the United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Scott, Craig, Francis Chang, Abid Qureshi and Paul Michell
    Michigan journal of international law. 16 (1):1-140 1994.


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