W.A. Bogart, B.A., LL.B. (University of Toronto), LL.M. (Harvard) is University Professor and Professor of Law, University of Windsor. He is the author of over thirty articles dealing with the role of courts, access to justice, the impact of litigation, and empirical research on legal policy, and has lectured and delivered papers throughout North America and Europe.
He has developed international knowledge and expertise in the optimal mix of regulation and health/social supports to reduce harm from risk behaviours such as smoking, excessive gambling and alcohol consumption, and poor diet and lack of physical activity related to obesity. He has been a frequent consultant to governments and other bodies in developing legal policy.
Bill is University Professor and Professor of Law, University of Windsor, where he taught for several years, including a course in Access to Justice. The author of over thirty articles dealing with civil procedure, access to justice, the impact of litigation, and empirical research on legal policy, he has lectured and delivered papers throughout North America and Europe, including at: Duke University, the Law School, the Center for Canadian Studies, the University of Uppsala, Sweden, the Legal Studies Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford University.
He has authored several other books including: Courts and Country: The Limits of Litigation and the Social and Political Life of Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1994); Consequences: The Impact of Law and its Complexity (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002); Good Government? Good Citizens?: Courts, Politics, and Markets in a Changing Canada (University of British Columbia Press, Law and Society Series, 2005). He is the co-editor of The Civil Litigation Process, 5th ed (Toronto: Emond-Montgomery, 1999), and (with Bass and Zemans) of Access to Justice for a New Century: The Way Forward (Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada/Irwin Law, 2005).
Bill’s research has been supported with Awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC).
He twice received Research Professorships from the University of Windsor, and was the Humanities Research Group Fellow. In 2002 and 2005 he received the University of Windsor Award for research and scholarship excellence. For the 2002-03 academic year, Bill was Virtual Scholar in Residence with the Law Commission of Canada. In January 2007 he delivered a Martin Wesley lecture, the distinguished faculty series of the Humanities Research Group, at the University of Windsor. In 2010 he was named University Professor; the highest academic distinction awarded to a faculty member of the University of Windsor.
W.A. Bogart has been a member of: the Board of Directors of the Canadian Law and Society Association; the Board of Advisors for the University of Windsor's Humanities Research Group; the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario; and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre Policy Research Panel. He served on the Selection Committee (Doctoral Fellowships) of the SSHRC from 1998-2000; he has also served on its Review Committee. In 2003 he Chaired the Adjudication Committee for the SSHRC for the VSR-LCC. He was Director of Research for the Federal Courts Rules Committee (with D.Ferland, Laval) from 1993 to 2006. He is, at present, a member of: the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto; and the Research Ethics Board of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.