Afternoon tea with the Vice-Chancellor Elect
Stephen Toope takes office as the University’s 346th Vice-Chancellor on 1 October. Just a few days ahead of his official installation, come and join him at this exclusive event at the Alumni Festival.
In conversation with Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College, hear: 'why Cambridge, why now?', how he feels about returning to Cambridge and the challenges of his role.
Professor Toope is a leading legal scholar and human rights advocate, described by Madam Justice Rosalie Abeela of the Supreme Court of Canada as 'a rare combination of somebody who is brilliant, human, considerate and fearless.' The Vice-Chancellor Elect completed his PhD at Trinity in 1987 and comes to Cambridge from Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, where he was director.
Following the conversation there will be an opportunity to enjoy an informal meet-and-greet over afternoon tea.
Professor Stephen Toope
Professor Stephen Toope will take over from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz on 1 October 2017, as Cambridge's 346th Vice-Chancellor.
Prior to his return to Cambridge this autumn, Professor Toope was Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and formerly served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.
He is a scholar specialising in human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory with degrees in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University (1983). Professor Toope is also an alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed his PhD in 1987.
He graduated from Harvard with a degree (AB) in history and literature in 1979. He has published articles and books on change in international law, and the origins of international obligation in international society.
Professor Toope also represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002 to 2007.
When his appointment was announced last autumn, Professor Toope said: "I am thrilled to be returning to this great University. I look forward to working with staff and students in the pursuit of academic excellence and tremendous international engagement – the very mark of Cambridge."