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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Marvin Zuker
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-1181

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

It is the obvious intersection of Educational Law, Criminal and Family Law, and my position as a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice from 1978 until December 2016 has uniquely informed my teaching, research and scholarship at OISE since the Fall of 1981. Part of my distinctive contribution to OISE is the practical application of these perspectives to the many issues facing educators today.

I continue to write and consult in these areas, not only in the context of Journals of which I am on the Editorial Board, but also my authorship and co-authorship of textbooks.

As a preventive measure, an ounce of education can be worth a pound of litigation. As is true in many professions, and many less legally intensive than education, educators must understand the legal context in which they operate. Every day, principals and teachers inevitably must make numerous quick judgement calls of potential legal import, often without benefit of legal counsel.

There are both economic and educational costs of legal illiteracy. In addition to the financial costs of school litigation, there is the enormous time spent by teachers and administration attempting to avoid or prepare for ultimate litigation.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

MEd, University of Toronto, 1973
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1966
BA, University of Toronto, 1963

Representative Publications

Books authored

Children's Law Handbook, Zuker, Flynn, Hammond, Thomson/Carswell, December 2005.

Children's Law Handbook, Zuker, Flynn, Hammond, Thomson/Carswell, (2d. ed.), 2009.

Children's Law Handbook, zuker @ Kirwin (Carswell) 2015

Consolidated Ontario Small Claims Court Statues, Regulations and Rules (Carswell), 2016-2017

Small Claims Court Practice in Ontario 2017

Education Law (4th ed.), Carswell, 2007 with Anthony Brown

Inspiring the Future: A New Teacher's Guide to the Law, with Nick Scarfo, Thomson Carswell, 2011

Children Education and the Law, the Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Foundation of Canada, 2012

An Educator's Guide to Teachers and the Ontario College of Teachers, Zuker, Redmond @ Gannon, Canada Law Book, 2013

Books edited

Consulting Editor, Sexual Misonduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline, LexisNexis Butterworths, with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox. (2d. ed.), June 2006.

Professional Activities

2011-2012 - Member, Advisory Committee (Ottawa), KNAER Project, Knowledge Mobilization on decision-making for school improvement: A peer-to-peer network for school principals. Project Lead: Dr. Stephanie Chitpin, University of Ottawa
2010-date - Faculty Member, Appeals Committee, Faculty Council
2010-date - Ontario Representative, Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges, Access to Justice Committee
2007-2010 - Panel Chair, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) Board
2007-date - Lecturer, Dewey Institute of Technology, explaining Canadian court system and laws to judicial delegations from People's Republic of China
2004-date - Consulting Editor, Risk Management in Canadian Education, LexisNexis Butterworths
2004-date - Member, Editorial Board International Journal of Law and Education (Note change of name in 2009 from ANZJLE to IJLE)
2004-date - Member, Editorial Board, Education & Law Journal, Carswell to 2009 - Appointed, Small Claims Court Rules Sub-Committee