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Monday, September 15, 2014

McNeil on Indigenous Rights Litigation, Legal History, and the Role of Experts

Kent McNeil of Osgoode Hall Law School has what looks like an intriguing article in the Summer 2014 issue of the Saskatchewan Law Review, "Indigenous Rights Litigation, Legal History, and the Role of Experts."
Abstract unavailable.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Updated Fall 2014 Schedule for Legal History Group

2014 Fall Schedule: Osgoode Society Legal History Group

** All sessions will be held at the University of Toronto, in Victoria College (Old Vic building) Room 211 except October 1, which will  be held in Northrup Frye Hall, Room 008 **
Exit the subway at Museum Station, east exit. Old Vic is to the southeast of the Birge-Carnegie Library, where we met last year. The Northrup Frye building is to the south of the Birge-Carnegie Library and Emmanuel College, backing on Queen's Park Circle. For a map of U of T, see here.

Wednesday September 10 - Ian Kyer, "Equity and the Private Sector Service Provider: The Battle between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Railway Company in the Privy Council"

Wednesday September 24 -  Blaine Baker, University of Toronto, “Testamentary Archeology in Late-Victorian Ontario: William Martin’s Little, Posthumous Legal System"

Wednesday October 1 –*new* Paul Craven, York University, "Imagining a low law history of labour arbitration in Ontario"

Wednesday October 15 - Sam McLean, King's College, London: "Courts-Martial and the Creation of the Early-Modern Royal Navy"

Wednesday October 29 - Joseph Dunlop, University of Toronto: "The Catholic Legislator in a Pluralistic Society: From Pierre Trudeau to Paul Martin."

November 5 - Reading Week

Wednesday November 12 - Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School: "A History of Law in Canada, 1701-1815"

Wednesday November 26 – Art Linton, Magna Carta Canada, TBA

***Wednesday December 3 – Dennis Molinaro, University of Toronto, "Liberal Communists and Communist Liberals: Section 98 and Civil Rights in Canada." ** Note new date

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rueck on Commons, Enclosure, and Resistance in Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Territory, 1850-1900

In the new issue of the Canadian Historical Review, an article by Daniel Rueck, entitled, "Commons, Enclosure, and Resistance in Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Territory, 1850-1900".

Here's the abstract:

Historical communities that have held lands in common have, without exception, had strict regulations for using those lands. This was true also in Kahnawá:ke, a Mohawk community near Montreal, where community leaders articulated and enforced customary land laws until the last decades of the nineteenth century. Although a few Mohawks contested these laws in the nineteenth century, the Canadian government undermined, dismantled, and replaced customary land law in the 1870s and 1880s. This article reveals the way the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs exacerbated resource and land shortages in its attempts to undermine Kahnawá:ke leaders, gain control of the land, and ultimately to disperse the community. It describes a chaotic transition from regulated common property to a form of private property under the Indian Act and argues that this transformation was part of a global enclosure movement that continues to this day. Nevertheless, the Canadian government was unable to bring its project to completion, in large part the result of effective resistance offered by Kahnawá:ke Mohawks. The article draws attention to the extraordinary nature of this successful Indigenous resistance to the Canadian state in the late nineteenth century.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

CFP from the Law & History CRN of the Law & Society Association

A call for panels and panelists in legal history at the 2015 meeting of the LSA to be held in Seattle in May.

Greetings from the LSA’s Law & History CRN. The next LSA meeting will be held May 28-31, 2015 in Seattle (http://www.lawandsociety.org/aboutmeetings.html). The theme of the 2015 LSA annual meeting has been announced (see below); the website for submissions will open August 18, and the deadline for submissions will be October 15.

There are now more than 250 members of this Google Group, from all over the world, and we encourage you to use this resource to organize panels for this year’s LSA meeting. There are a few ways to do this: 

If you have a complete panel and would like to have it listed as a CRN-sponsored panel (so that people looking for legal history panels can find it more easily), please let us know. 

If you have an idea for a panel and want to find some like-minded folks, or want to complete an existing panel, feel free to send an email to the group. 

Finally, we (the organizers) are also happy to put panels together from papers; feel free to send us your paper submissions and we will attempt to create panels from the papers we receive. Please send us your submission by October 1, so that we have time to do this; we will then be able to let you know in plenty of time if we cannot, so that you may submit your paper to LSA on your own. 

We look forward to hearing from you; please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 

Joanna Grisinger
Senior Continuing Lecturer 
Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University

Kimberly Welch
Assistant Professor  
Department of History, University of West Virginia 

Logan Sawyer
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia Law School

Kathryn Schumaker
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

LSA 2015: Law’s Promise and Law's Pathos in the Global North and Global South
What has law accomplished in the Global North and Global South? Its champions have promised much—the spread of human rights and the rule of law, the elimination of discrimination and the protection of the vulnerable, the lure of economic development and the fostering of global trade, endowments of human dignity and restraints on economic rapacity. Its critics observe law as an instrument for repression, hegemonic control and infringements on privacy and intrusive surveillance (in the context of a never-ending and ubiquitous ‘war against terror’), as a weapon against free speech or political opposition, as a tool of economic exploitation and domination, and as a retreat from politics. The 2015 LSA annual meeting will engage law’s promises and law’s pathos in domestic and transnational contexts, through plenaries addressing the roles of law in the war on terror, in climate change, in emancipation and protection of the world’s most vulnerable populations, and in law’s relationships with religions.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Legal History Group Fall Schedule: Spaces available!

Jim Phillips sent around the tentative fall schedule for the Osgoode Society Legal History Group a few days ago. As you can see, there are several spots available. If you are an academic of whatever discipline who is going to be in the Toronto area on one of those dates, and have a paper you would like to present, please email Jim at j.phillips@utoronto.ca. Note that the subject has to be legal history, or at least legal-ish history, but of any time period and geographic area. Location to be confirmed--probably Victoria College again. Time 6:30 p.m.

This is what we have so far:

Wednesday September 10 - Ian Kyer, "Equity and the Private Sector Service Provider: The Battle between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Railway Company in the Privy Council"

Wednesday September 24 - Available

Wednesday October 1 - Available

Wednesday October 15 - Sam McLean, King's College, London: "Courts-Martial and the Creation of the Early-Modern Royal Navy"

Wednesday October 29 - Joseph Dunlop, University of Toronto: "The Catholic Legislator in a Pluralistic Society: From Pierre Trudeau to Paul Martin."

November 5 - Reading Week

Wednesday November 12 - Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School: "A History of Law in Canada, 1750-1815"

Wednesday November 26 - Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: "A History of Law in Canada, 1815-1850"

Wednesday December 10 - Available

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Backhouse on L'Heureux-Dubé's untaken career path in politics

In the new issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society /La Revue Canadienne Droit et Société, Constance Backhouse has an intriguing counterfactual study of former SCC judge Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, "Essay: What if? Career Paths not Taken: Claire L'Heureux-Dubé and Politics."

No abstract, sadly.  But you can look at a preview, here.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

CFP: Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid Nineteenth- Century

Courtesy of Lyndsay Campbell. This conference may interest legal historians of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico:

Call for papers:    Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards aContinental History of State Transformation in the Mid Nineteenth-Century Date: July 30-August 1, 2015 at the  Banff  Centre  in  Banff,  Alberta,  Canada.
 Description: 

This  conference  considers  state  making  in  mid-nineteenth  century  North  America from  a  continent-wide  perspective. Peaking  in  the  years  1865-67  with  the  end  of  the  American  Civil  War,  Canadian  Confederation,  and  the  restoration  of  the  Mexican  republic  after  the  expulsion  of  Maximilian,  a French-imposed  monarch, this  era  of  political  transformation  has  had  profound  consequences  for  the  future  of  the  continent.

Key  to  the  reformulation  of  North  American  polities  was  the  question  of  sovereignty,  or  the  power  to  rule.  Conflicts over  sovereignty went  well  beyond  the  years  1865-67  and  encompassed  not  only  the  political  and  diplomatic  aspects of  state-making but  also  the  broader social, economic,  and  cultural  histories  of  this  process. 

Thus  far,  the  continental  dimensions  of North  American  sovereignty have  been  obscured  by  historical  traditions  that  confine  each  of  these  state making  conflicts  within  its  specific  national  framework.  In  light  of  the  global  turn  in  19th century historiography,  as  well  as  the  real  interconnections across  the  continent,  it  is  time  to  consider  these  political  crises  as  an  inter-related  struggle  to  redefine  the  relationship  of  North  Americans  to  new  governments.
 

Keynote addresses  will  be  delivered by  Professors  Steven  Hahn,  University  of
Pennsylvania;  Pekka  Hämäläinen, Oxford  University;  Erika  Pani,  Colegio  de  Mexico;  and Andrew  Smith,  University  of  Liverpool. 

The  conference  organizers  seek  papers  that  offer  original  work  examining  different  aspects  of  national  sovereignty  formation  in North  America during  this  period.  Work  that  examines  these  conflicts  in  a  transnational  perspective  is  especially  welcome. Paper  proposals  (between  200-500  words)  should  be  accompanied  by  a  brief  CV  and  should  be  submitted  to  Frank  Towers  (ftowers@ucalgary.ca)  by  August  31,  2014.  Papers from the conference  may  be  included  in  a  publication.  In  preparation,  presenters  will  be asked  to  circulate  drafts  of  their  papers  by  July  1,  2015. This  conference  is  sponsored  by  the George  and  Ann  Richards  Civil  War  Era  Center  at  Penn State  University  and  supported  by  the  Virginia  Center  for  Civil  War  Studies at  Virginia  Tech University and  the  University  of  Calgary.