Don Stuart was appointed to Queen’s in 1975. Prior to that he taught law at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Osgoode Hall Law school from 1970-1971 and the University of Alberta from 1971-1974.
He holds B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Natal, South Africa, a Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, which he gained in 1973.
Most of his teaching has been in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He has authored textbooks on substantive law and on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has co-authored three teaching books. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Reports (a national reporting and comment service) since 1982, and Editor of the National Judicial Institute’s Criminal Essentials e-letter (going to over 1000 judges) since 2000. He was Crown Attorney in Toronto from 1988-1989. He has appeared twice in the Supreme Court of Canada. For twenty five years, he was a Board Member and sometimes President of the John Howard Society of Kingston.
His awards include being a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and Cambridge, the Criminal Lawyers Association’s G. Arthur Martin Medal for Criminal Justice in 2012, two Law Student Society Teaching Awards, the Phil Baker Award for Contributions to Criminal Justice in Kingston, the Ontario Bar Association Mundell Medal for legal writing 2007 and the 1998 Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Award for Academic Excellence.
- Editor, Criminal Reports (national reporting and annotation service) since 1982.
- Editor, N.J.I. Criminal Essentials e-letter since 2000
- Criminal Lawyers Assoc., G. Arthur Martin Medal for Criminal Justice, 2012
- Law Student Society Teaching Award, Fall 2009
- Phil Baker Award for Contributions to Criminal Justice in Kingston 2008
- Ontario Bar Association, Mundell Medal for legal writing 2007
- Law Student Society Teaching Award, Fall 2006
- Presentations against Anti-terrorism Bill C-36 at Parliamentary committees, and at symposiums held at University of Toronto Law School, Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario Bar Association, Law Union and Canadian Institute for Administration of Justice
- Sopinka Advocacy lecture at Criminal Lawyers' Association (2001)
- 1998 Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Award for Academic Excellence
- Canadian Criminal Law: A Treatise (7th ed., 2014) (Carswell)
- Charter Justice in Canadian Criminal Law (6th ed., 2014) (Carswell)
- Learning Canadian Criminal Law (with S. Coughlan) (13th ed., 2015) (Carswell)
- Learning Canadian Criminal Procedure (with T. Quigley (12th ed., 2016) (Carswell)
- Evidence: Principles and Problems (with R.J. Delisle, D. Tanovich and L. Dufraimont) (11th ed., 2015) (Carswell)
- “Pragmatism and Inconsistency from the Supreme Court on Mandatory Minimums” (2016) 27 Criminal Reports. (7th) 245
- “Ghomeshi: Dangers in Overreacting to this High Profile Acquittal” (2016) 27 Criminal Reports (7th) 45
- “Anderson: Continuing a Questionable March to Legal Immunity for Crown Attorneys” (2014) 11 Criminal Reports (7th) 26
- “ Bedford: Striking Down Prostitution Laws and Revising Section 7 Standards to Focus on Arbitrariness”, (2014) 7 Criminal Reports (7th) 1