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OISE alum, Justice Marvin Zuker, makes landmark decision in sexual assault case

Summer 2016

Justice Zuker

Justice Marvin Zuker, an OISE professor and master of education graduate, made headlines across the country for his decision to hand down a guilty verdict in the sexual assault case of a York University student.

In his statement, provincial court Judge Zuker delivered a powerful speech about sexual violence and women’s rights.

“Rape it was. No confusion. No uncertainty from this court. Mandi Gray remembered. Asking her to remember the details is ridiculous… Behavioural stereotypes – like delayed reporting, emotional state, lack of resistance – should not impact credibility,” he said.

Justice Zuker’s decision in the sexual assault trial was covered extensively by media across Canada and some outlets abroad, including The Guardian (UK).


Justice Zuker, who became a professor at OISE in 1982, currently teaches courses in higher education and the law, the legal context of education and advanced issues in education.

He graduated from OISE with a Master’s of Education (MEd) in 1973. He received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1966, and his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Toronto in 1963.

OISE Faculty Profile: Prof. Marvin Zuker

Media Coverage

Follow up on Justice Zuker's landmark decision in the Mandi Gray case, here:

Toronto Star: ‘Myths of rape should be dispelled,’ says judge in Mandi Gray case

National Post: Mustafa Ururyar verdict full text: Read Justice Zuker’s decision in the Mandi Gray sex assault case

The Guardian: Canada judge critiques system in sexual assault case: ‘No one asks to be raped’

Judge in York University rape trial slams justice system while delivering guilty verdict

CBC News: York University PhD student guilty in sex assault of student Mandi Gray