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Thursday, October 27, 2016

*Updated*: Canadian Content at the ASLH conference, Oct. 28 and 29 in Toronto

Apologies to Eric Reiter, whose listing I missed the first time I posted this.

The American Society for Legal History is meeting in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York, for its annual conference Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28!

The programme is available on the ASLH website, along with other useful information.

The whole programme looks great, and there will be a number of panelists speaking on Canadian legal history subjects. Sadly, a number of them will be on at the same time, but it was ever thus.

I combed through the programme for Canadian content so you won't have to. (Note there are other Canadians chairing, commenting and presenting--I just include those on Canadian subjects.)

Look for:


Friday. Session I. 8:15-10:00AM 
"Indian Character" and Indigenous Characters in Canadian Criminal Law (Algonquin room)
Chair: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa
Commentator: Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School,
Chandra Murdoch, University of Toronto, "Applications of the Indian Act:         Character Evaluation and Political Power on the St. Regis Reserve, 1887-1910"
Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto, "Brokers for Legal Services: Indian Agents and the Department of Indian Affairs Legal Aid Program, 1880 to 1970"
Carolyn Strange, Australian National University, "Sexual Psychopathy, the   Indian Mind, and the Death Penalty in Mid-20th Century Canada: An Unexplored Nexus"

Friday Session II, 10:30-12:00PM
Aboriginal People and Legal Intermediaries in Colonial Courts (Algonquin room)
Chair & Commentator: John McLaren, University of Victoria,
Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School, "A Criminal Court to do its Bidding? Criminal Law and Canadian Indian Policy in the North-West, 1876-1905"

Women, "Aliens," and Citizenship: Married Women's Nationality Laws and Repatriation Campaigns in Europe and North America, 1920s-1950s (Alberta room)
Chair: Philip Girard, York University
Commentator: Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto
Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto, "'In the case of a woman' or 'The      headache': Married Women's Nationality and Canada's Citizenship Act at             Home and Abroad 1946-50"

The Americanization of the Canadian Law School (Quebec Room)
Chair: Jim Phillips, University of Toronto,
Angela Fernandez, University of Toronto, "Casebooks Canonizing the Common   Law
Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, "Border Crossings and the     Birth of Modern Legal Education"
David Sandomierski, University of Toronto, "Fuller and the Canadians"

Saturday. Session V. 8:30-10:15AM
Extradition and the Formation of Transnational Criminal Law Regimes
in the 19th Century (1789-1914)
Bradley Miller, University of British Columbia/Vancouver, "The Low Law of   Nations: Police Abductions in Northern North America, 1819-1914"

Saturday, Session VIII 4:15-6:00 pm.
The Laws of Repatriation: Problems and Questions in Libel and Privacy Law in North American History
Eric Reiter, Defamation and Family Honor in the Quebec Courts: Collective Interests within a Liberal-Individualist System

Note that: 

The deadline to Pre-Register for the 2016 ASLH Annual Meeting was October 3, 2016. If you missed the deadline, you will be able to register on-site. Registration will open at 2:00pm on October 27, 2016 in the Ballroom Lobby of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
The on-site meeting registration fee will be substantially discounted for ASLH members.  If you are not yet a member or have let your membership lapse, please join or renew your ASLH membership before registering for the annual meeting.  You can join or renew your ASLH membership here.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Osgoode Society administrator sought: Nov. 15 deadline for applications

The Osgoode Society invites applications for the post of Administrator, with duties to commence in January, 2017.

The Society is a charitable organization, and its purposes are to promote public interest in the history of law, the legal profession and the judiciary and to stimulate research and publication on these subjects.  It is the one of the most successful legal historical publishers in the common law world.
The administrator reports directly to the Editor-in-Chief and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors.
It is anticipated that on average the Administrator will be required to work between 3.5 and 4 days a week.  The duties of the Administrator will include managing the day to day operations of the Society which are located in Osgoode Hall on Queen Street.
The Administrator will be responsible for all significant tasks and events undertaken by the Society during the year, including duties in connection with the Society’s publishing and Oral History Programs.  The Administrator will work with the Editor-in-Chief and the Oral History Co-ordinator, whose offices are not located in Osgoode Hall.  The Administrator must therefore be able to work successfully without direct supervision.
The successful candidate will be fully conversant with all aspects of basic word processing and other computer databases and programs. A post-secondary degree is a minimum requirement but there is no particular prior work experience required.
This is a great opportunity for a person looking to achieve a greater work-life balance while still completing challenging work related to law, history and publishing.
For further information about the Society consult this website.
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity please provide a cover letter and a copy of your resume to Professor Jim Phillips, Faculty of Law & Department of History, University of Toronto, 78 Queen’s Park, Toronto, M5S 2C5, or to j.phillips@utoronto.ca. Applications will be considered starting November 15th.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Canadian Legal History at the ASLH conference


Next week, the American Society for Legal History is meeting in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York, for its annual conference!

The programme is available on the ASLH website, along with other useful information.

The whole programme looks great, and there will be a number of panelists speaking on Canadian legal history subjects. Sadly, a number of them will be on at the same time, but it was ever thus.

I combed through the programme for Canadian content so you won't have to:

Look for:


Friday. Session I. 8:15-10:00AM 
"Indian Character" and Indigenous Characters in Canadian Criminal Law (Algonquin room)
Chair: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa
Commentator: Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School,
Panelists:
Chandra Murdoch, University of Toronto, "Applications of the Indian Act: Character Evaluation and Political Power on the St. Regis Reserve, 1887-1910"
Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto, "Brokers for Legal Services: Indian Agents and the Department of Indian Affairs Legal Aid Program, 1880 to 1970"
Carolyn Strange, Australian National University, "Sexual Psychopathy, the Indian Mind, and the Death Penalty in Mid-20th Century Canada: An Unexplored Nexus"

Friday Session II, 10:30-12:00PM
Aboriginal People and Legal Intermediaries in Colonial Courts (Algonquin room)
Chair & Commentator: John McLaren, University of Victoria,
Canadian Panelist:
Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School, "A Criminal Court to do its Bidding? Criminal Law and Canadian Indian Policy in the North-West, 1876-1905"

Women, "Aliens," and Citizenship: Married Women's Nationality Laws and Repatriation Campaigns in Europe and North America, 1920s-1950s (Alberta room)
Chair: Philip Girard, York University
Commentator: Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto
Canadian panelist:
Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto, "'In the case of a woman' or 'The headache': Married Women's Nationality and Canada's Citizenship Act at Home and Abroad 1946-50"

The Americanization of the Canadian Law School (Quebec Room)
Chair: Jim Phillips, University of Toronto,
Canadian Panelists:
        Angela Fernandez, University of Toronto, "Casebooks Canonizing the Common Law
Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, "Border Crossings and the Birth of Modern Legal Education"
David Sandomierski, University of Toronto, "Fuller and the Canadians"

Saturday. Session V. 8:30-10:15AM
Extradition and the Formation of Transnational Criminal Law Regimes
in the 19th Century (1789-1914)
Canadian panelist:
Bradley Miller, University of British Columbia/Vancouver, "The Low Law of Nations: Police Abductions in Northern North America, 1819-1914"

Note that: 

The deadline to Pre-Register for the 2016 ASLH Annual Meeting was October 3, 2016. If you missed the deadline, you will be able to register on-site. Registration will open at 2:00pm on October 27, 2016 in the Ballroom Lobby of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
The on-site meeting registration fee will be substantially discounted for ASLH members.  If you are not yet a member or have let your membership lapse, please join or renew your ASLH membership before registering for the annual meeting.  You can join or renew your ASLH membership here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New from the Osgoode Society and UTP: Miller, Borderline Crimes: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914

The last of the Osgoode Society's three publications for 2016 is now in print.

Borderline Crime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914 by Bradley Miller of the University of British Columbia, published by the Society in conjunction with the U of T Press, is one of two "member's books" for this year. (The other is Lori Chambers' A History of Adoption Law in Ontario, 1921-2015, about which I posted a few weeks ago.)


Here's what the Osgoode Society has to say about Borderline Crimes:
borderline-crime
This is the first comprehensive history of cross-border Canadian-American interactions in relation to fugitive criminals, escaped slaves, and refugees. Miller examines the complexity of those interactions, which involved formal legal regimes governed by treaties as well as informal and extra-legal phenomena such as abductions and ground-level ‘customary’ co-operation between low-level officials. All of this is set against the background of a developing international law and evolving ideas about extradition in other parts of the British empire.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New from Osgoode Society and UTP: Muir, Law, Debt and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of Eighteenth Century Halifax

New from the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the U of T Press.

James Muir of the University of Alberta has just published Law Debt and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of Eighteenth Century Halifax.

Here's what the Osgoode Society website has to say:


law-debtThis is a path-breaking study of the every day work of civil law and civil courts. It examines the type of litigation pursued (mostly debt), how the courts worked, and how the economy operated in a society with very little cash and in which credit was the lifeblood of commerce. Muir employs both quantitative and qualitative analyses of all extant case files and explains how eighteenth-century court procedure worked. He situates his study against the society and economy of Halifax, analyzing who sued who and why and how the legal system fit into patterns of economic relations and activity.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Conference announcement: Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized

A save-the-date from Shaunnagh Dorsett:



Following on (finally!) from the Legal Histories of the British Empire conference in Singapore  in 2012, we are pleased to announce Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized, jointly sponsored by  the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies,  Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, 11-13 July 2018. A website and CFP will be announced in the new year. Its a way off, but as we know July is always busy, so here is a heads up! Save the Date!
For preliminary inquires please contact Shaunnagh Dorsett (shaunnagh.dorsett@uts.edu.au) or Asya Ostroukh (asya.ostroukh@cavehill.uwi.edu)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CLSA fall bulletin seeks your socio-legal publication and research news


CLSA bulletin editor David DesBaillets is seeking submissions for the announcements section of the Fall Bulletin (#57) If you have any recent or forthcoming publications in the area of socio-legal research please send him the details. Also welcome are awards of research grants/prizes, conference announcements/calls for papers, job postings, and similar.  The Bulletin is a great way to inform other socio-legal scholars of your recent research.
David is also seeking submissions for the CLSA in the News section, so if your research has recently been featured in the media, let him know and where possible send a link so that he can include it in the Bulletin.
Please email your announcements to d.desbaillets@gmail.com with the subject line "Bulletin."

(Nota bene: Please also send any specifically legal history news to me for inclusion in this blog: marystokes@osgoode.yorku.ca)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Symposium on The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform (May 24, 2017 in Italy)

(Via H-Net)

Symposium on The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence and Reform

24 May 2017
On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation.  
In memory of Alessandro Pizzorusso
Scuola Sant’Anna
Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33
Pisa, Italy
 
Convened by:
Giuseppe Martinico
Richard Albert
Antonia Baraggia
Cristina Fasone
 
This Symposium will convene a group of scholars to reflect on the history and evolution of the Constitution of Canada, on its written and unwritten dimensions, on its influence abroad, and on prospects for its reform.
Submissions are invited from scholars of all levels—from senior scholars to doctoral students—on one or more of the following subjects. We invite participants to take any methodological approach they wish, including comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical and/or theoretical perspectives.
  • The History and Evolution of the Constitution of Canada
  • The Influence Abroad of the Constitution of Canada
  • Canada’s “Invisible” Constitution
  • Reforming Canada’s Constitution: Perspectives from Abroad
The Symposium will be highlighted by a keynote address by Susanna Mancini, Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Bologna, and will feature Paolo Carrozza (Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa), Giacomo Delledonne (Universit√© Saint-Louis, Bruxelles), Anna Gamper (University of Innsbruck), and Patricia Popelier (University of Antwerp).
How to Participate:  Interested scholars are asked to submit an abstract no longer than 500 words by 15 December 2016 tostalsworkshop2016@gmail.com. A Symposium Selection Committee will choose abstracts and notify all scholars no later than 20 January 2017. Full drafts of papers will be due by email to  stalsworkshop2016@gmail.com no later than 20 April 2016. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (footnotes included).
The Convenors intend to seek publication of the papers presented at the conference either an edited volume or a special issue of a law journal, subject to successful blind peer-review. Papers submitted but not accepted may be considered for publication in the STALS Research Paper Series:  www.stals.sssup.it.
Costs:  There is no cost to participate in the Symposium. Participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. Scuola Sant’Anna will sponsor lunch and dinner on the day of the Symposium, as well as a welcome reception for participants on the evening prior to the Symposium.
Questions:  Please direct inquiries in connection with this Symposium to Giuseppe Martinico by email at  martinico@sssup.it.
Symposium Selection Committee
Richard Albert (Boston College Law School)
Antonia Baraggia (University of Milan)
Cristina Fasone (Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome)
Giuseppe Martinico (Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa and Centre for Studies on Federalism, Turin) (Chair)
About the Scuola Sant’Anna , Pisa and the STALS (Sant’Anna Legal Studies) Project
Scuola Sant’Anna (http://www.santannapisa.it/en) is a public university institute provided with special autonomy. The main aim of the Scuola Sant’Anna is to experiment with innovative paths in education and research, so as to meet the modernization and innovation expectations of contemporary society. In line with this goal the Scuola Sant’Anna responds swiftly to each and every societal challenge by adopting a multidisciplinary and forward-looking approach.
Comparative and European Union law are also relevant matters in the research activities of ScuolaSant’Anna, especially in the framework of STALS (Sant’Anna Legal Studies:  http://www.stals.sssup.it), a project made possible thanks to the financial support offered by ScuolaSant’Anna, issued within the framework of the School’s internationalization policy, where both young and experienced scholars can share a space and propose papers that are classified by topics (European politics and policies; subnational constitutional law; constitutional developments; judicial dialogue and transnational law; European and international economic law; global legal pluralism), in order to foster discussion and research at the supranational level, promoting cooperation with other researchers abroad and organizing seminars and conferences with the participation of judges and members of EU institutions and international organizations.
Sponsors
We thank the following sponsors for supporting this Symposium:
  1. Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant'Anna
  2. The Sant'Anna Legal Studies Project
  3. The Embassy of Canada
  4. The International Association of Constitutional Law
  5. Associazione di Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo

Contact Info: 
Giuseppe Martinico, Scuola Sant'Anna, Pisa and Centre for Studies on Federalism, Turin
Contact Email: