Mary Eberts

Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights
Room Number: 206 Law
Phone: 966-5606
Fax: 966-5900

Professional Education:

SJD (in process) (Toronto)
LLM (Harvard) 
BA, LLB (Western)



Mary Eberts has been a member of both the full-time and adjunct faculty at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, with a long involvement in the Constitutional Litigation Program.  In 2004-2005, she held the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa, and for the past several years she has taught in the summer program on International Women’s Human Rights at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

In 1980, she joined the litigation department of Torys; in 1994, she left her partnership at Torys to establish her own firm.  She was involved in the crafting of the equality guarantees of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and is a co-founder of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and first chair of its National Legal Committee.  For twenty years, she has been litigation counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).  Her national litigation practice, conducted from a base in Toronto, has involved appearing as counsel in numerous significant Charter, equality and human rights cases, in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and in trial or appellate courts in most provinces of Canada.  Recognition of her work includes the Governor-General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons’ Case, the Law Society of Upper Canada Gold Medal, and several honorary degrees. 


Recent Publications and Research:

“McIvor: Justice Delayed – Again,” (2010) 9:1 The Indigenous Law Journal 15-46

“Women as Full Citizens: Addressing the Barriers of Gender and Race in Canadian Constitutional Development”, pp. 376-414 in Irma Sulkunen et al., eds, Suffrage, Gender and Citizenship: International Perspectives on Parliamentary Reforms (Cambridge, Scholars Publishing, 2009)

“Section 15 Remedies for Systemic Inequality: You Can’t Get There From Here,” (2006) 33 The Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 389-412

(with Sharon McIvor and Teressa Nahanee) “Native Women’s Association of Canada v. Canada [2006] WCC 76” (2006) 18:1 CJWL 67-119