Stephen J. Toope OC, LL.D. is currently the President & CEO of CIFAR, a Canadian-based global research organization. Prior to this, he was the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. Toope publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. Awarded many honorary degrees, Toope was elected to the prestigious Institut de droit international, made an honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in London, and elected to honorary fellowships in numerous academic institutions in Canada and the UK. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015.
Stephen holds a PhD in Law from Trinity College in Cambridge, England; LLB and BCL degrees from McGill University in Montreal; and a BA from Harvard University in the USA.