Robert Solomon

Robert Solomon

LLB (Osgoode Hall) 1970, LLM (Yale) 1972, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.

Professor Solomon has been engaged in research and teaching on alcohol and drug policy, and tort, criminal and health law for over 40 years. He received the University of Western Ontario Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1981, numerous other University teaching honours, and the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations Award in Teaching Excellence in 1986.

Professor Solomon has authored or co-authored almost 90 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 150 government reports and other studies. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation, and was a founding member of both the Canadian Drug Reform Foundation and the National Alcohol Issues Panel. He has appeared frequently as an expert witness before various Parliamentary Committees, briefed the Prime Minister and other senior federal and provincial legislators, and served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and research organizations.

He is currently the National Director of Legal Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, and a member of national and international traffic safety organizations. The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety selected Professor Solomon to be the recipient of the 2007 Widmark Award. This is the highest honour that the Council can confer on an individual and is awarded for an outstanding, sustained and meritorious contribution to the advancement of traffic safety science and research. In 2010, the Kaiser Foundation named Professor Solomon as the recipient of its 2010 National Award for Excellence in Public Policy. The recipient is selected by an independent National Advisory Board, based on a record of outstanding achievement in reducing alcohol and drug harm through effective public policy. In 2012, Professor Solomon was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is based on dedicated service to one’s peers, community and Canada.

In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Distinguished University Professor.

Phone: 519 661-3603
Office: LB 25


(With E. Chamberlain, S. Pitel and M. McInnes), Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts, 9th ed. (Toronto: The Carswell Company Limited, 2015). Founding and lead author of nine editions of the book.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

(With E. Chamberlain et al.), “The Case for Comprehensive Random Breath Testing Programs in Canada: A Review of the Evidence and Challenges” (July 2011), 49(1) Alberta Law Review at pp. 37-78.
(With S. Pitel, B. Tinholt and R. Wulkan), “Predicting the Impact of Random Breath Testing on the Social Costs of Crashes, Police Resources, and Driver Inconvenience in Canada” (2011), 57(4) The Criminal Law Quarterly at pp. 438-463.

(With E. Chamberlain), “The challenges of implementing interlock best practices in a federal state: the Canadian experience” (2012), 18:5 Traffic Injury Prevention 347.

(With S. Usprich), “Chapter 26: Legal Issues” in M. Herie and W. Skinner eds., Fundamentals of Addiction: A Practical Guide for Counsellors, 4th ed (Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2013) at pp. 675-702.

(With S. Usprich and C. Sutherland), “Chapter 27: Tips for Testifying in Court” in M. Herie and W. Skinner eds., Fundamentals of Addiction: A Practical Guide for Counsellors, 4th ed (Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2013) at pp. 703-714.

(With E. Chamberlain and A. Kus), "Drug-Impaired Driving in Canada: Moving Beyond American Enforcement Models" (2013) 60(2) The Criminal Law Quarterly at pp. 238-276.

(With E. Chamberlain), “Federal Impaired Driving Policy: Moving Beyond Half Measures” (2014), 40(1) Canadian Public Policy, at pp. 15-30.

(With E. Chamberlain), “Canada’s New Drug-Impaired Driving Law: The Need to Consider Other Approaches,” (2014) 15 Traffic Injury Prevention, at pp. 685-693.

(With D. Perkins-Leitman), “Canadian Sentencing Law and Impaired Driving,” [May, 2014] Les Cahiers de PV, at pp. 2-9.

(With T. Osman and N. Chan), “Approach to caring for developmentally disabled adults in the community: Medical, ethical and legal considerations” (2015), 61 Canadian Family Physician 27.

(With M. Clarizio), "The Highs and Lows of Medical Marijuana Access in Canada" (2015), The Criminal Law Quarterly (in press).

Recent Legal Guides, Manuals and Similar Publications

(With E. Dumschat & A. Healey), A Legal Guide for Social Workers, 3rd ed (Toronto: Ontario Association of Social Workers and Family Service Ontario, 2014). 171 pages.

(With E. Dumschat & A. Healey), The 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report (Oakville, Ontario: MADD Canada, 2015), 22 pages.

(With B. Mackey), Factum of the Intervener, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada in Goodwin et al. v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (Ottawa: Supreme Court of Canada, 2105). 20 pages.

(With E. Dumschat), Passive Alcohol Sensors: A Reasonable Canadian Compromise (Oakville, Ontario: MADD Canada, 2015). 10 pages.

(With D. Perkins-Leitman and E. Dumshat), A Summary of Provincial and Territorial Traffic Legislation Related to Impaired Driving (Oakville, Ontario: MADD Canada, 2015), 65 pages.

Recent Notes and Short Articles

(With M. Clarizio) "Canadian medical marijuana regulations going up in smoke" [August 3, 2015] The Province.