Christopher Sherrin

Chris Sherrin

Academic Degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy (Osgoode), Master of Laws (Osgoode), Bachelor of Laws (McGill), Honours Bachelor of Arts (University of Toronto)

Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 80421
Office: LB 237

Dr. Christopher Sherrin joined the faculty in 2006. His primary areas of interest are criminal law and procedure, evidence, and the Charter. He has a particular interest in the study of wrongful convictions and reliability in the criminal justice process. From 2003-2006 he acted as Director of the Innocence Project at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Previously, he practiced as defense counsel with the Toronto firm of Cooper, Sandler & West. He has also acted as part-time Assistant Crown Attorney, Consultant to the Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin, Consultant to the Review of Nova’s Scotia’s Response to Claims of Institutional Abuse, and Researcher for the Inquiry Into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. He is a long-time member of the local Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee and has been active in judicial and continuing legal education. He is one of the editors of LexisNexis’ Annotated Youth Criminal Justice Act Service. He was appointed Associate Dean (Academic) in June 2017.

Research Highlights

“Police Investigative Technique Privilege” in Perspectives on Evidentiary Privileges (Thompson Reuters, 2019) [forthcoming]

R. v. Cody: What Does Cody Add to Jordan?” (2017) 37 C.R. (7th) 289

“Understanding and Applying the New Approach to Charter Claims of Unreasonable Delay” (2017) 22 Can Crim L. Rev. 1

R. v. Smith and Judicially Reviewing the Scope of Criminal Law under the Charter” (2016) 76 S.C.L.R. (2d) 291

“Reconsidering the Charter Remedy for Unreasonable Delay in Criminal Cases” (2016) 20 Can. Crim. L. Rev. 263

“Earwitness Evidence: The Reliability of Voice Identifications” (2016) 52 Osgoode Hall L.J. 819

“Cross-Examining the Accused on Partial Pre-Trial Silence” (2015) 23 C.R. (7th) 253

Mufuta, Reasonable Inferences, and Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Food for Thought” (2015) 17 C.R. (7th) 154

R v Whyte: Protecting the Innocent (and the Guilty)” (2014) 10 C.R. (7th) 102

“Wilful Blindness: A Confused and Unnecessary Basis for Criminal Liability?” (2014) 47 U.B.C. L. Rev. 709