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Steven Penney

Associate Dean Research, Professor, B.A. (Alberta), LL.B. (Alberta), LL.M. (Harvard)

Faculty of Law
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Steven Penney is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence, substantive criminal law, privacy, and law and technology. He is co-author of Criminal Procedure in Canada (Markham, Ont.: Lexis Nexis, 2011) and co-editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook, 3d ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2012). He has written several book chapters and his articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the American Journal of Criminal Law, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, McGill Law Journal, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, Supreme Court Law Review, Alberta Law Review, Canadian Criminal Law Review, and Criminal Law Quarterly. Before his appointment at the University of Alberta, he taught at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario and clerked for Mr. Justice Gérard V. La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.

New title from Steven Penney, Vincenzo Rondinelli, James Stribopoulos: Criminal Procedure in CanadaSteve Penney Book Launch

(R-L: Penney, Rondinelli, Stribopoulos)

The publication of Criminal Procedure in Canada is the culmination of an ambitious project to house under one roof all aspects of criminal procedure which govern the investigation, detection and prosecution of crime in Canada. Criminal lawyers, criminal law academics and criminal law students are all beneficiaries of this first truly comprehensive treatise on what is self-described as a “tough subject for the uninitiated”.

The introductory portion of the text, which deals with “Overview and Some Basic Concepts” is a breathtaking dash through virtually “all you ever wanted to know about criminal procedure in Canada”. The authors, who combine a rare blend of academic analysis and scholarship with practical in-court experience, provide a useful primer for the uninitiated which, nevertheless, contains sufficient detail to provide meaningful assistance to practitioners, journalists, court watchers and invaluable lessons for members of law enforcement.

The reader is almost immediately struck by the depth and breadth of the research upon which the manuscript is based. The extensive footnotes complement rather than compete with the text and provide a worthwhile review, not only of the relevant jurisprudence, but as well, a précis of significant historical and current academic articles. The authors are neither timid nor equivocal in the expression of their views by critically analyzing judicial reasoning, in demanding a more disciplined focus on underlying policies, in questioning the expansion of police powers and in their lament for the trend toward limiting meaningful Charter scrutiny.