FATTAH, Ezzat A.




A pioneer in the study of victimology, Ezzat Fattah has authored, co-authored and edited over a dozen books, including Towards a Critical Victimology and Understanding Criminal Victimization. In 1993 he was awarded a Konrad Adenauer Research Award to study first-hand the rise of crime in the former police state of East Germany. Founder of SFU's school of criminology, Fattah received the 1999 Sterling prize in support of controversy. Decriminalization of drugs, modernization of the criminal law, abolition of the death penalty and of prisons and the struggle for human rights have been central issues of Fattah’s research and social activism.

Selected Publications

From Crime Policy to Victim Policy (Macmillan, 1986)
Understanding Criminal Victimization (Prentice-Hall, 1991)
Towards a Critical Victimology (Macmillan, 1992)

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[Photo, courtesy Professor Ezzat Fattah]

Biographical details

Ezzat Fattah, born Assiout, Egypt, 1929, graduated, from Faculty of Law, University of Cairo, 1948, and worked in capacities such as District Attorney, Public Prosecutor, and Chief Prosecutor for various Egyptian cities, including Alexandria, 1949-54, and Cairo, 1958-61, before enrolling at University of Vienna Institute of Criminology, 1961, pursuing graduate studies and undertaking research under the guidance of Professor Roland Grassberger who introduced Ezzat to the new discipline of Victimology. Ezzat Fattah became a Research Assistant in Criminology at the Université de Montréal, 1965-68, as well as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Criminology at the same institution while he was pursuing graduate work there, receiving his M.A., 1965 and Ph.D., 1968, in Criminology, the first student in Canada to be awarded a doctorate in this discipline. He was Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Simon Fraser University since 1974, and the University’s Founding Chairman of the Criminology Department, from 1974-78. Author or co-author of several important books and some 100 scholarly papers in learned journals, Dr. Fattah received the Konrad Adenauer Research Award in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, 1992; the Commemorative 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal; and is a Fellow, Royal Society of Canada. Staunch defender of human rights and keenly aware of the need to protect citizens against the abuses of power, Dr. Ezzat Fattah was one of many leading the successful fight in Canada against the death penalty. His well-known association with Amnesty International has caused him to be invited to a number of international conferences to crusade for the abolition of the death penalty and the commutation of sentences for those on death row. Recognizing that “crime is normal, even natural behaviour,” Dr. Ezzat Fattah, a pioneer in victimology, argues strongly for a new body of criminal law for the 21st century, reflecting the social realities of post-industrial society.

[Canadian Heirloom Series, 2003]