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Monday, June 22, 2020

McMurtry Fellowship and two honourable mentions announced. Congratulations to all three winners!

Congratulations to Jean-Christophe Bédard-Rubin, Michael Borsk and Krista Barclay!

The Hon. R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Canadian Legal History. The McMurtry Fellowship honors Roy McMurtry’s contributions to Canadian Legal History as the founder and long-time President of the Osgoode Society. It supports a graduate or post-doctoral student working in the field of Canadian legal history.

The fellowship is usually $16,000, which comes mostly from the interest on the endowment supplemented when necessary by our own funds. This year we have a number of budgeted items that we cannot or will not spend the money on – the Annual Meeting, Amanda Campbell’s trips to (now cancelled) judges’ conferences, in person legal history talks (announcement about those coming in a newsletter this week) and others. We decided, given the substantial number of excellent applications, to award a $16,000 fellowship to our first choice and two "honourable mentions" fellowships of $7,000 each.

The principal winner is Jean-Christophe Bédard-Rubin, a doctoral student in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, who is writing an intellectual history of Ētienne Parent, a leading Quebec constitutional thinker in the immediate pre- and post-Confederation period.

Also McMurtry Fellows, as honourable mentions, are Michael Borsk and Krista Barclay.  Michael Borsk is a Ph.D. student in history at Queen’s University. He is researching the history of ideas about private property and sovereignty in Ontario and Michigan in the first half of the nineteenth century. Krista Barclay received her PhD from the University of Manitoba and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She is working on inheritance law in nineteenth-century British North America.

Note: The Saywell Prize will be announced later in the summer.

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