John Terry is a partner with Torys LLP, where he has a leading practice in public, Aboriginal and international law. He has law degrees from the University of Toronto (LLB, 1987) and Harvard Law School (LLM, 1989), and was a clerk to Mr. Justice Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Torys in 1997, he worked with the Ontario Government from 1990 to 1995, where he practiced constitutional law and was responsible within Cabinet office for the Ontario Government's Aboriginal issues agenda. From 1995 to 1997, he taught public and international law at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
While at Torys, he has worked on numerous matters involving Aboriginal issues, including serving as counsel with Frank Iacobucci in the negotiations leading to the settlement of the Indian residential schools legacy and acting in a number of other negotiations and proceedings involving Aboriginal and treaty rights. He has authored or co-authored books, articles and commentaries on a variety of subjects, and teaches two courses at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, one on international arbitration and another on climate change.