Irvin Waller, University of Ottawa

Professor Public Safety Ottawa, Ontario irvin.waller@uottawa.ca Mobile: (613) 762-6752
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3671

Bio/Research

Irvin Waller is an author and university professor who is a prize winning champion of victim’s rights and violence prevention. He is sought after as a speaker both nationally and internationally because of his scientific expertise and personal passion.

Building on four decades of working...


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Bio/Research

Irvin Waller is an author and university professor who is a prize winning champion of victim’s rights and violence prevention. He is sought after as a speaker both nationally and internationally because of his scientific expertise and personal passion.

Building on four decades of working in universities, governments and international agencies, Professor Waller is sharing his practical knowledge with crime victims, interested citizens, smart police leaders, and legislators. His two recent books and twitter texts are written for this audience.

The popular book, Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime, is influencing the implementation of crime reduction policies across the world, including for Mexico, the UK, the province of Alberta and several Canadian cities. The book is translated into four different languages including Spanish.

The book, Rights for Victims of Crime: Rebalancing Justice has helped enhance the police, judicial and community response to victims of violence. The book includes a model law that can easily be adapted to jurisdictions throughout the world.

Irvin Waller uses the web to share knowledge and recent developments about what reduces crime, what meets the needs of crime victims, and what gets this knowledge implemented. He posts blogs on his website – www.irvinwaller.org. He encourages both experts and savvy citizens to keep up to date and join debates by following him on Twitter – @IrvinWaller.

Professor Waller has received many international awards. The US National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the World Federation for Mental Health both recognized his pioneering work leading to the magna carta for victims – when the UN adopted the Declaration on Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power which has influenced the victim movement world-wide. Waller´s unique contribution to the ¨Victim Assistance Movement¨ in the USA was recognized by his inclusion in the Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime of the US Department of Justice (http://vroh.uakron.edu/summaries/Waller.php).

Waller has worked on national commissions in the USA, Canada and South Africa, and he has advised governments and attorneys general in more than 40 countries on how to prevent violence and respect victim rights. He developed the Safer Cities program with UN Habitat, advised on UN crime reduction guidelines and collaborates with the World Health Organization. His achievements in crime prevention, particularly as the founding CEO of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime affiliated with the UN, have been recognized by England, Canada, Belgium, France and The Netherlands.

Professor Waller holds a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Law from Cambridge University. In the 1960´s, he worked as a researcher and then later became an associate law professor at the University of Toronto. In the 1970’s he was director general of research for the Solicitor General’s Department (now the department of public safety) and in 1982 he was appointed full professor at the University of Ottawa. He currently serves as President of the International Organization for Victims’ Assistance which is based in the United States.



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