Professor John Borrows joined the faculty in fall 2009 as a professor in the areas of Indigenous Law, Comparative Law, and Human Rights. He is the first to hold the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society, one of the new chairs established to launch the Law School's Law, Public Policy, and Society program.
Professor Borrows is a leading scholar and teacher in indigenous, constitutional, and environmental law. He has written and spoken prodigiously on such issues as aboriginal legal rights and traditions, treaties and land claims, and religion and the law. A member of Ontario's Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and Anishinaabe, he has worked with and for Indigenous peoples in many countries. Canadian Supreme Court Justices have cited his articles and legal texts when ruling on aboriginal cases. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), and Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide, all from the University of Toronto Press.
Professor Borrows joined the Law School from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where he was a professor and Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice since 2001. From 1998-2001, he taught law at the University of Toronto and helped initiate the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law. Previously, he was the first academic director of the First Nations Legal Studies Program the University of British Columbia (1992-98). From 1994-96, he taught at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and was the founder and director of the Lands, Resources, and Indigenous Governance Program. He also has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, Brigham Young University, Dalhousie Law School, the University of Waikato Law School in New Zealand, the University of New South Wales in Australia, and Arizona State University, where he was acting executive director of the Indian Legal Program.
Professor Borrows is a recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (FRSC)—Canada's highest academic honor—and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (I.P.C.) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honor and integrity in service to Indigenous communities.
Professor Borrows completed a Ph.D. in 1994 at Osgoode Hall Law School and a J.D. in 1990 at the University of Toronto. He also received an M.A. from the Department of Geography and Planning in 1996, an LL.M. in 1991, and a B.A. in political science and history in 1987 from the University of Toronto. [Source: University of Minnesota Law School]