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Unique think tank challenges corporate world to reach beyond what is legal for what is right

March 5, 2013

Program on Ethics in Law and Business is the first of kind in North America

TORONTO, ON — The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Fac­ul­ty of Law’s Cen­tre for the Legal Pro­fes­sion (CLP) today launch­es a unique ini­tia­tive called The Pro­gram on Ethics in Law and Busi­ness.

This inno­v­a­tive pro­gram, the first of its kind in North Amer­i­ca, will address con­tem­po­rary eth­i­cal chal­lenges at the inter­sec­tion of law and busi­ness. It brings togeth­er key play­ers to fos­ter dis­cus­sion and under­stand­ing about legal ethics and the cor­po­ra­tion, includ­ing issues of an eth­i­cal nature that arise in com­plex cor­po­rate trans­ac­tions.

“This pro­gram is fun­da­men­tal­ly impor­tant to the devel­op­ment of our col­lec­tive think­ing on ethics at the inter­sec­tion of law and busi­ness, and brings much need­ed atten­tion to these press­ing mat­ters,” says Dean Mayo Moran. “It will fill a gap that cur­rent­ly exists in both the acad­e­my and soci­ety at large about these issues.”

Prof. Ani­ta Anand is the aca­d­e­m­ic direc­tor for this ini­tia­tive. And the program’s advi­so­ry board is com­prised of dis­tin­guished cor­po­rate and legal minds in this area, chaired by The Hon­ourable Frank Iacobuc­ci, senior coun­sel at Torys LLP, and a for­mer dean of the Fac­ul­ty of Law.

Today’s launch includes a pan­el dis­cus­sion involv­ing cur­rent case stud­ies,  at the Munk Cen­tre, 1 Devon­shire Place, from 4 pm to 7 pm fea­tur­ing Prof. Anand, The Hon. Mr. Jus­tice Michael Code of the Supe­ri­or Court of Jus­tice, Lawrence Ritchie of the Cana­di­an Secu­ri­ties Tran­si­tion Office, Julia Hol­land of Torys LLP, Jere­my Fraiberg of Osler Hoskin & Har­court LLP and Alexan­der Dyck from the Rot­man School of Man­age­ment.

The Cen­tre for the Legal Pro­fes­sion cel­e­brates five years of advanc­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ethics and pub­lic ser­vice through­out the legal pro­fes­sion. As a cat­a­lyst for dia­logue, debate and action among the var­i­ous groups with­in the legal com­mu­ni­ty and the pub­lic, the CLP is a place for edu­ca­tion, train­ing, research, out­reach and advo­ca­cy on these impor­tant issues.


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Pro­fes­sor Ani­ta Anand
Aca­d­e­m­ic Direc­tor, Pro­gram on Ethics in Law and Busi­ness
Tel: 416–946-4002

Lucian­na Cic­co­ciop­po
Direc­tor, Exter­nal Rela­tions
Tel: 416–946-0334