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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ian Bushnell


The Osgoode Society joins with the extended academic community of Windsor Law school in mourning the death of law professor emeritus Ian Bushnell.

Ian died on May 14th. He was the author of a legal history for the Osgoode Society,  The Federal Court Of Canada: A History, 1875-1992 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1997and a study of the Supreme Court of Canada for McGill-Queen's University Press, The Captive Court: A Study of the Supreme Court of Canada (1992).

New from McGill-Queen's UP: Cahill, Professional Autonomy and the Public Interest The Barristers' Society and Nova Scotia's Lawyers, 1825–2005



Professional Autonomy and the Public InterestFormed in 1825, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is the second-oldest law society in common-law Canada, after the Law Society of Ontario. Yet despite its founders' ambitions, it did not become the regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia for nearly seventy-five years.

In this institutional history of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society from its inception to the Legal Profession Act of 2005, Barry Cahill provides a chronological exploration of the profession's regulation in Nova Scotia and the critical role of the society. Based on extensive research conducted on internal documents, legislative records, and legal and general-interest periodicals and newspapers, Professional Autonomy and the Public Interest demonstrates that the inauguration of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society was the first giant step on the long road to self-regulation. Highlighting the inherent tensions between protection of professional self-interest and protection of the larger public interest, Cahill explains that while this radical innovation was opposed by both lawyers and judges, it was ultimately imposed by the Liberal government in 1899.

In light of emerging models of regulation in the twenty-first century, Professional Autonomy and the Public Interest is a timely look back at the origins of professional regulatory bodies and the evolution of law affecting the legal profession in Atlantic Canada.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

McCoy, Four Unruly Women: Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison

Four Unruly WomenNew from UBC Press:

Four Unruly Women: Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison by Ted McCoy of the University of Calgary Law and Society Program


Bridget Donnelly. Charlotte Reveille. Kate Slattery. Emily Boyle. Until now, these were nothing but names marked down in the admittance registers and punishment reports of Kingston Penitentiary, Canada’s most notorious prison.
In this shocking and heartbreaking book, Ted McCoy tells these women’s stories of incarceration and resistance in poignant detail. Locked away from male prisoners in dark basement wards, these women experienced isolation and segregation, along with the worst elements of prison life – starvation, corporal punishment, sexual abuse, and neglect. Yet they met these challenges with resistance and resilience.
Although the four women served sentences at different times over a century, they shared experiences that illuminate how the most marginalized elements in society – the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged – reckoned with poverty and crime and grappled with the constraints placed on them by shifting notions of punishment and reform.
The inhumanity suffered by these four women stands as profoundly disturbing evidence of the hidden costs of isolation, punishment, and mass incarceration.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Harry W. Arthurs to be speaker at Osgoode Society AGM June 19th

The Osgoode Society Annual General Meeting will be held in the Museum Room at Osgoode Hall on June 19th at 5:30 pm.

Harry Arthurs will be the speaker. (Bring your copy of his book, Connecting the Dots: the Life of an Academic Lawyer to be autographed.)

If you aren't a member already, buy a membership (or renew) and get your copy of the book for free!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Just published: Connecting the Dots: the Life of an Academic Lawyer by Harry W. Arthurs


Just published (by McGill-Queen's University Press) Harry W. Arthurs memoir, Connecting the Dots: the Life of an Academic Lawyer. This is the Osgoode Society Members' book for this year.
Here's the publishers' blurb:
Connecting the DotsHarry W. Arthurs is a name held in high esteem by labour lawyers and academics throughout the world. Although many are familiar with Arthurs's contributions and accomplishments, few are acquainted with the man himself, or how he came to be one of the most influential figures in Canadian law and legal education. 

In Connecting the Dots Arthurs recounts his adventures in academe and the people, principles, ideas, motivations, and circumstances that have shaped his thinking and his career. The memoir offers intimate recollections and observations, beginning with the celebrated ancestors who influenced Arthurs's upbringing and education. It then sweeps through his career as an architect of important reforms in legal education and explores his research as a trailblazing commentator on the legal profession. Arthurs analyzes his experiences as a legal theorist and historian and his pivotal role as a discordant voice in debates over constitutional and administrative law. Along the way, he muses on the intellectual projects he embraced or set in motion, the institutional reforms he advocated, the public policies he recommended, and how they fared long term.

Framed with commentary on the historical context that shaped each decade of his career and punctuated by moments of personal reflection, Connecting the Dots is a humorous, frank, and fearless account of the rise and fall of Canadian labour law from the man who was at the centre of it all.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Available for pre-order: Nichols, A Reconciliation without Recollection?: An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada

Available for pre-order from U of T press: A Reconciliation without Recollection?An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada by Joshua Ben David Nichols

The current framework for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state is based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, legislative power, and underlying title. The basis of this assertion is a long-standing interpretation of Section 91(24) of Canada’s Constitution, which reads it as a plenary grant of power over Indigenous communities and their lands, leading the courts to simply bypass the question of the inherent right of self-government.
In A Reconciliation without Recollection, Joshua Ben David Nichols argues that if we are to find a meaningful path toward reconciliation, we will need to address the history of sovereignty without assuming its foundations. Exposing the limitations of the current model, Nichols carefully examines the lines of descent and association that underlie the legal conceptualization of the Aboriginal right to govern.
Blending legal analysis with insights drawn from political theory and philosophy, A Reconciliation without Recollection is an ambitious and timely intervention into one of the most pressing concerns in Canada.

CFP: CLSA Mid-Year Meeting / AÀC: La rencontre de mi-année de l’ACDS

From the ACDS/CLSA:

(good idea moving the date imo)

CLSA Mid-Winter Meeting is moving to the Fall!

La rencontre de mi-hiver de l’ACDS sera à l’automne!

[English follows]

Chers membres,

L’Association Canadienne Droit et Société (ACDS) vous invite à soumettre vos contributions pour sa prochaine rencontre de mi-année qui aura lieu à la faculté de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa (ON), située sur les territoires ancestraux non cédés de la nation algonquine (Anishinàbeg), les 18 et 19 octobre 2019.

La conférence de mi-année est une rencontre plus petite et informelle que les conférences annuelles. C’est l’occasion parfaite pour la discussion des projets en cours, rencontrer d’autres membres pancanadiens de l’ACDS et vous impliquer dans l’organisation.

Cette année, le thème de la conférence s’intitule « Le droit et le savoir à l’ère des partenariats ».

 En 1979, seulement deux subventions de recherche du CRSH ont été accordées aux chercheurs en droit. Cela a conduit à la création du Groupe consultatif sur la recherche et l’éducation en droit et à la publication du rapport Le droit et le savoir de Harry Arthurs. Quarante ans après le sombre scénario de 1979, les chercheurs en droit ont aujourd'hui une grande participation au principal programme de financement du CRSH (Subventions de partenariat), en tant que chercheurs ou directeurs de projet. Nous souhaitons discuter de l’état de la recherche sociojuridique dans le contexte actuel de ces grands projets à long terme, interdisciplinaires et collaboratifs.

Les membres sont encouragés à organiser des tables-ronde ou des panels s’articulant autour des grands thèmes de la recherche sociojuridique, dont « les projets en partenariat », « le droit et l’interdisciplinarité », « les perspectives juridiques autochtones », « le droit et l’engagement communautaire » ou tout autre thème ayant trait aux études sociojuridiques et ses méthodologies.

Prière d’envoyer une petite bio et un bref extrait ou description de votre table ronde, de votre suggestion de panel ou de votre contribution personnelle (250 mots maximum) à joao.velloso@uottawa.ca avant le 28 avril 2019.

Les contributions retenues seront présentées le vendredi 18 octobre et le matin du samedi 19 octobre 2019. La réunion du conseil d’administration aura lieu dans l’après-midi du samedi 19 octobre 2019.

Veuillez noter que les conférenciers doivent être membres de l’ACDS. L’inscription à la conférence est gratuite.

En espérant vous voir en grand nombre en octobre.

Dr. Joao Velloso, Comité organisateur et conseil d’administration de l’ACDS
Dr. Nicole O’Byrne, Présidente de l’ACDS
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Dear Members,

This is a general call for participation in the CLSA’s annual mid-year meeting, which will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University Ottawa, Ottawa (ON), located on the ancestral unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation, on October 18-19, 2019.

The mid-year meeting is a relatively small, informal gathering when compared to the annual meetings, and is a great way to discuss ongoing projects, connect with CLSA members from across the country and get involved in the organization.

The broad theme for this year is “Law & Learning in an Era of Partnerships.”

In 1979, only two SSHRC research grants were awarded in law, leading to the creation of the Consultative Group on Research and Education in Law and to the publication of the Harry Arthurs’ Law & Learning report in 1983. Forty years after the dismal scenario of 1979, legal scholars today are major participants in one of SSHRC’s top funding programs (Partnership Grants), both as principal and co-investigators. This meeting will discuss the state of socio-legal research in the current context of such long term, interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.

Members are encouraged to organize roundtable discussions or panels around themes within socio-legal scholarship, including “Law and Partnership Projects”, “Law and Interdisciplinarity,” “Indigenous Legal Perspectives,” “Law and Community Engagement,” or any other topics that broadly fall in the area of socio-legal studies and methodologies. Individual submissions for paper presentations are also welcome.

Please send a brief abstract or description of your roundtable, panel or individual paper (up to 250 words) and a short bio to joao.velloso@uottawa.caby April 28, 2019.

All accepted presentations will be given on Friday, October 18 and the morning of Saturday, October 19, 2019. The board meeting will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Note that all presenters must be members of the CLSA at the time of the conference. Registration for the conference is free.

We hope to see you in Ottawa in October.

Dr. Joao Velloso, Local Organizing Committee and CLSA Board Member
Dr. Nicole O’Byrne, President of the CLSA