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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chambers on Canadian Legal Historiography

It was about time we had a new article about Canadian legal historiography, and thanks to Lori Chambers and Acadiensis (again! is this the fifth or sixth? they certainly hold the title) for providing it.

Here's the abstract for "Exposing the Myth of the Peaceable Kingdom: Trends and Themes in Recent Canadian Legal History."

The article discusses recent trends in Canadian scholarship on the topic of legal history. Topics mentioned include sexual assault trials in which women with disabilities were the plaintiffs, poor and marginalized black defendants in Ontarian courts, and judicial independence in the British Empire from 1800 to 1900. The author argues that the examples raised disprove the idea of Canada as a truly neutral legal haven for all, and that unless Canada truly faces the inequities in its past, it will never achieve justice in the present.

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