Monday, September 14, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Friends. I have pasted in below the final schedule for the legal history workshop for the fall term. A reminder that we will be conducting the workshop over Zoom. I don’t think we need to December 9th date, but if anybody is keen an extra session could be arranged for December
LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP 2020-2021: FALL TERM SCHEDULE
Wednesday September 16 – Virginia Torrie, University of Manitoba: ‘The Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act Reference Case 1937.’
Wednesday September 30 – Hamar Foster, University of Victoria: ‘Sharp as a Knife: Judge Begbie and Reconciliation’
Wednesday October 14 - Nick Rogers, York University: ‘The Bristol fratricide of 1741: How a set of vicious property disputes among the minor gentry turned fatal.’
Wednesday October 28 – Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: ‘From Betrayal of the Metis to Restrictive Covenants: Developments in Dominion Land Law, 1867-1914.’
Wednesday November 11 – Jean-Christophe Bédard-Rubin, University of Toronto, ‘Étienne Parent and the Demise of the Mixed Constitution’.
Wednesday November 25 – Lara Tessaro, University of Kent: ‘Constituting a form for substances: Cosmetics, federalism, and the turn to prohibition in Canadian food and drugs regulation, 1933-1950.’
Wednesday December 9 – Available if needed
Monday, June 22, 2020
Note: The Saywell Prize will be announced later in the summer.
Peter Oliver Prize. The Peter Oliver Prize is given for published work in Canadian legal history by a student. The 2020 winner is Jacqueline Briggs, a Ph.D. student in the Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto, for her article ‘Exemplary Punishment: T.R.L. MacInnes, the Department of Indian Affairs, and Indigenous Executions, 1936-1952, published in the Canadian Historical Review. The article is a fascinating account of a legal aid programme for capitally-charged Indigenous defendants, the first publicly-funded legal aid programme in Canada.
We hope to hear from Jackie on this fascinating subject this year at an Osgoode Society Canadian Legal History talk, or through our newsletter. Stay tuned.
Friday, June 12, 2020
New open access from the University of Calgary Press: Campbell, McCoy, and Méthot, eds., Canada’s Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back
BOOK: Lyndsay CAMPBELL, Ted MCCOY, and Mélanie MÉTHOT, eds., Canada’s Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back (Calgary: University of Calgary, 2020). ISBN 978-1-77385-118-1, OPEN ACCESS
Posted: 11 Jun 2020 02:00 AM PDT
(Source: University of Calgary Press)
The University of Calgary Press is publishing a new, open-access book on Canadian legal history.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Canada’s Legal Pasts presents new essays on a range of topics and episodes in Canadian legal history, provides an introduction to legal methodologies, shows researchers new to the field how to locate and use a variety of sources, and includes a combined bibliography arranged to demonstrate best practices in gathering and listing primary sources. It is an essential welcome for scholars who wish to learn about Canada’s legal pasts—and why we study them.
Telling new stories—about a fishing vessel that became the subject of an extraordinarily long diplomatic dispute, young Northwest Mounted Police constables subject to an odd mixture of police discipline and criminal procedure, and more—this book presents the vibrant evolution of Canada’s legal tradition. Explorations of primary sources, including provincial archival records that suggest how Quebec courts have been used in interfamilial conflict, newspaper records that disclose the details of bigamy cases, and penitentiary records that reveal the details of the lives and legal entanglements of Canada’s most marginalized people, show the many different ways of researching and understanding legal history.
This is Canadian legal history as you’ve never seen it before. Canada’s Legal Pasts dives into new topics in Canada’s fascinating history and presents practical approaches to legal scholarship, bringing together established and emerging scholars in collection essential for researchers at all levels.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Lyndsay Cambell is an associate professor at the University of Calgary, cross-appointed between the Faculty of Law and the Department of History. She is the co-editor of Freedom’s Conditions in the U.S.-Canada Borderlands in the Age of Emancipation.
Ted McCoy is an assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Hard Time: Reforming the Penitentiary in Nineteenth-Century Canada and Four Unruly Women: Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison.
Mélanie Méthot is an associate professor of History at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus and the recipient of a SSHRC Grant for her research on bigamy in Canada. She is the founder of the Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching.
With Contributions By: Nick Austin, Dominique Clément, Angela Fernandez, Jean-Philippe Garneau, Shelly A.M. Gavigan, Alexandra Havrylyshyn, Louis A. Knafla, Catherine McMillan, Eric A. Reiter, and Christopher Shorey
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword: A Student’s Take on Canada’s Legal Pasts
Introduction: Canada’s Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Ted McCoy, Lyndsay Campbell, Mélanie Méthot
Part I: Illuminating Cases
Family Defamation in Quebec: The View from the Archives
Eric H. Reiter
Writing Penitentiary History
Analyzing Bigamy Cases without Archival Records: It Is Possible
Trial Pamphlets and Newspaper Accounts
The Last Voyage of the Frederick Gerring, Jr
The Textbook Edition of Kent’s Commentaries Used in the Gerring
Part II: Exploring Systems
Empire’s Law: Archives and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Practising Law in the “Lawyerless” Colony of New France
Poursuivre son mari en justice au Bas-Canada: femmes mariées et coutume de Paris devant la cour du Banc du roi (1795-1830)
Getting Their Man: The NWMP as Accused in the Territorial Criminal Court in the Canadian North-West, 1876-1905
Shelley A.M. Gavigan
Part III: Writing Legal History: Past, Present and Future
Sex Discrimination in Law: From Equal Citizenship to Human Rights Law
Legal-Historical Writing for the Canadian Prairies: Past, Present, Future
Louis A. Knafla
Primary source bibliography
Secondary source bibliography
More info here
Thursday, June 4, 2020
An interview of legal historian (and regular historian!) Christopher Moore by Justice Tom Carey.
Thanks to Chris for sending and Tom Carey for giving permission for me to publish this. This interview appeared in the Association News of the Association of Superior Court Judges.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
We are thrilled that one of the Society's publications for 2019 has just won the prize for best scholarly book of the year from the Canadian Historical Association! We congratulate Eric Reiter of Concordia University on a well deserved accomplishment. Not only is Wounded Feelings a scholarly tour-de-force, delving into the hitherto relatively untouched (in English!) depths of the history of private law in Quebec, but the book is a great read. Lots of moving stories, and lots to think about!
If you don't already have the book, head over to the Osgoode Society to buy it while we still have copies available.