Lorraine Weinrib

b. 1948

by Michael Brown

A professor at the University of Toronto, Weinrib is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on constitutional law.

A professor at the University of Toronto, Weinrib is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on constitutional law. Born in Toronto, she is the daughter of Toronto-born parents, Louis Eisenstat (1912–1979), a bookkeeper, and Helen (née Levy) Eisenstat (b. 1918), a homemaker. Weinrib was educated at York University (B.A. in classics summa cum laude, 1970), the University of Toronto (LL.B., 1973), and Yale University (LL.M., 1985).

After becoming a barrister and solicitor, Weinrib was employed as a crown law officer by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario for twelve years, dealing most of that time with constitutional issues. During those years, Canada adopted a new constitution and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a result, constitutional questions were of paramount concern to lawyers, governments, and the general public. Weinrib’s responsibilities as a crown law officer and as deputy director for constitutional law and policy (1987–1988) included liaison between the governments of Ontario and Canada; vetting proposals from all ministries for constitutional validity; arguing constitutional issues before the Supreme Court of Canada; and planning the reorganization of the constitutional work of the Ontario provincial government.

In 1988, Weinrib was appointed to the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto with a cross appointment to the Department of Political Science. She has been a visiting professor and Fulbright Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School (1993) and a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Halbert Exchange Fellow, 1994), the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (1994), and the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (2001). She has served as a cons


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Law Professor Lorraine Weinrib, at a conference on "Antisemitism: The Politicization of Prejudice in the Contemporary World," held February 10–11, 2003.
Courtesy of Lorraine Weinrib, Toronto.

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Brown, Michael. "Lorraine Weinrib." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 27 February 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on January 23, 2020) <https://qa.jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/weinrib-lorraine>.


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