Osgoode Society Authors have been Elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
The Osgoode Society is delighted to announce that our Associate Editor-in-Chief and three-time Osgoode Society author, Professor Philip Girard, and Professor Lori Chambers, another of our authors (also three times) have both been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Philip Girard’s prize-winning work on the history of law in Canada has shaped the field and redefined its agenda for the twenty-first century. Tracing the roots of today’s legal pluralism to the historic encounter of two European empires with Indigenous peoples in northern North America, he stresses how this pluralism allowed Quebec civil law to flourish on a continent of common law and now creates space for the renaissance of Indigenous law. Lori Chambers is a legal historian who focuses on gender. She has published books on marital property law, the treatment of unmarried mothers, the law of adoption and child welfare, and intimate partner violence. She is currently involved in a number of projects on various aspects of police and legal responses to gender-based violence. She is also a community activist in the movement to end gendered, sexualized, and racially-motivated violence.
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Our fall evening events are starting on September 22nd. They will all be at 5.30 over Zoom. The schedule is pasted below. CPD/EDI hours have been applied for. Please visit our website for the Zoom links.
You do not have to be a member to attend any of our events, but I hope you will feel that these events are just a few of the many reasons you should be a member. If you have renewed for 2021, thank you. If you haven’t yet done so, please take a few seconds to do so. If you have friends, relatives, acquaintances you think would be interested, please do not hesitate to forward this email and encourage them to join
Jim Phillips, Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday September 22 – Professor Alan Corbiere, Department of History, York University, will speak about his work on eighteenth and pre-Confederation nineteenth century treaties in what is now Ontario. Wednesday October 6 – Professor Constance Backhouse, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, will speak about her forthcoming book on the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada case, R. v. S (R.D.), which involved an accusation of bias against the trial judge, Madam Justice Corinne Sparks, the first black woman judge in Canada. Wednesday October 20 - Professor Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, will speak about his work on the cases of Japanese Canadians unlawfully exiled from Canada after World War II. Professor Adams has written extensively about the interment of Japanese Canadians and the confiscation of their property; this talk will deal with yet another dimension of the Japanese-Canadian experience. Wednesday November 17 – Professor Daniel Rück, Department of History, University of Ottawa, will speak about his shortly to be published book The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth Century Canada. This is the Osgoode Society members’ book for 2021.
Osgoode Society Legal History Research Workshops
The Legal History Research Workshops will also resume in September via Zoom. The schedule is available here.
Here's the current schedule.
Get your proposal for February 9th to Jim
OSGOODE SOCIETY LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP, 2021-2022
WINTER TERM 2022
Wednesday, January 12 - Rob Konduros, Hilborn and Konduros,
‘British Ideas of Federalism and the Life of A.V. Dicey as a Metaphor for
Wednesday, January 26 - Heidi Bohaker, University of Toronto: TBA
Wednesday, February 9 – TBA
Wednesday, February 23: Richard Manning, Independent
Scholar: ‘Undercover Investigation, Prohibition, and "Disreputable" Detectives
in 19th-Century Canada’. Note: This is during the U of T law school reading
Wednesday, March 9 – Eghosa Ekhator, University of Derby, UK: ‘Foreign
Relations in Precolonial Africa: A Case Study of Portuguese-Benin Kingdom
Wednesday, March 23 – Opeyemi Rabiat Akanda, Osgoode
Hall Law School: ‘Decolonization by Codification: The Making of the 1958 Penal
Code in Late Colonial Nigeria.’
Wednesday, April 6 – Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto: TBA
Congratulations (again) to our newest Supreme Court justice, Mahmud Jamal!
And thank you for the shout-out!
Listen to Justice Jamal's interview with the parliamentary committee, wherein he mentions the Osgoode Society (favourably) and Heidi Bohaker's recent Osgoode Society book, Doodem and Council Fire, ditto.
The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History administers
two awards. The deadline for each of these awards for 2021 is May 31,
2021. The details follow.
Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Legal History
The R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Legal History was created in 2007, on
the occasion of the retirement as Chief Justice of Ontario of the Hon. R.
Roy McMurtry. It honours the contribution to Canadian legal history of
Roy McMurtry, Attorney-General and Chief Justice of Ontario, founder of
the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and for many years the
The fellowship of $16,000 is to support graduate (preferably doctoral)
students or those with a recently completed doctorate, to conduct
research in Canadian legal history, for one year. Scholars working on any
topic in the field of Canadian legal history are eligible. Applicants
should be in a graduate programme at an Ontario University or, if they
have a completed doctorate, be affiliated with an Ontario University.
The fellowship may be held concurrently with other awards for graduate
study. Eligibility is not limited to history and law programmes; persons
in cognate disciplines such as criminology or political science may
apply, provided the subject of the research they will conduct as a
McMurtry fellow is Canadian legal history. The selection committee may
take financial need into consideration. Applications will be assessed by
a committee appointed by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
Those interested in the 2021-2022 fellowship should apply
by sending a full c.v. and a statement of the research they would conduct
as a McMurtry fellow to Amanda Campbell, McMurtry Fellowship Selection
Committee, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, Osgoode Hall, 130
Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N6, or by email to email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021.
Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History
The Peter Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History was established by the
Society in 2006 in honour of Professor Peter Oliver, the Society's
founding editor-in-chief. The prize is awarded annually for published
work (journal article, book chapter, book) in Canadian legal history
written by a student.
Students in any discipline at any stage of their careers are eligible.
The Society takes a broad view of legal history, one that includes work
in socio-legal history, legal culture, etc., as well as work on the
history of legal institutions, legal personnel, and substantive law.
Students may self-nominate their published work, and faculty members are
also encouraged to nominate student work of which they are aware. Those
nominating their own work should send a copy of it to the Society.
The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Prize, to be awarded for work
published in 2020, is May 31, 2021.
Please send nominations to Amanda Campbell, Osgoode Society for Canadian
Legal History, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N6, or
Editor-in-Chief, The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History