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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baker, William Osgoode's Marginalia on reception of Imperial Law on SSRN

Posted on SSRN, forthcoming in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Blaine Baker ,
"Musings and Silences of Chief Justice William Osgoode: Digest Marginalia about the Reception of Imperial Law":
This essay focuses on musings and silences in the margins of Canadian Chief Justice William Osgoode's late-eighteenth-century law library, to understand the role he assigned to Westminster-based imperial law in the transmission of 'British justice' to the colonies. It concludes that role was limited, mostly by Osgoode's greater commitment of time and energy to legislative and executive branches of government than to the judiciary, and by his sometimes cavalier impatience with English courts and legal commentators.

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