On Friday 21 October, College Council elected Professor Stephen Toope, an alumnus of Trinity College, as an Honorary Fellow with immediate effect. The Master, Sir Gregory Winter, said:
We are pleased that Professor Toope will be joining the ranks of our distinguished Honorary Fellows and welcome his participation in the life of the College.
Professor Toope joins more than 30 Honorary Fellows at Trinity, including Reverend Justin Welby, Professor Sir Peter Lachmann, Judge Hisashi Owada, Sir Antony Gormley, and Lord Broers of Cambridge, who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, 1996-2003.
Honorary Fellows, who are members of Trinity, are elected on the basis of distinguished endeavour in any discipline. They are welcome to attend College functions and to dine at High Table but are not involved in the governance of Trinity.
Professor Toope is 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. On 7 October 2016 Professor Toope was appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and will take over from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz on 1 October 2017.
Professor Toope specialises 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), and completed his PhD at Trinity College Cambridge in 1987.