John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History
The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History administers the Saywell Prize. The Prize was established by the generosity of the family and friends of the late Professor John T. (Jack) Saywell, to recognise the outstanding contribution to Canadian political and legal history of Professor Saywell. Among his other work Professor Saywell was the author of The Law Makers: Judicial Power and The Shaping of Canadian Federalism, published by the Osgoode Society in 2002.
The Saywell Prize is given bi-annually to the best new book in Canadian legal history, broadly defined, that makes an important contribution to an understanding of the constitution and/or federalism. In exceptional circumstances, the jury could also consider a seminal article or series of articles, some of the latter not written in the two-year period, to satisfy the objectives of the award.
The Saywell Prize may be awarded in 2022, for a book published in 2020 or 2021. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2022. Please email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter 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 2022 Prize, to be awarded for work published in 2021, is May 31, 2022.
Please send nominations to Amanda Campbell, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N6, or to email@example.com.
The R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Canadian Legal History
was created 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 Society’s President. The fellowship was
established by Chief Justice McMurtry’s friends and colleagues, and
endowed by private donations and the Law Foundation of Ontario.
The fellowship 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.
The fellowship will be awarded in June 2022, and will have a value of
$17,000. Applications will be assessed by a committee appointed by
the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and consisting of Society
Directors and academics. Those interested should apply by sending:
A full curriculum vitae.
A statement of the research, not exceeding 1,000 words, that they would
conduct as a McMurtry fellow. The statement should clearly convey the
nature of the project, the research to be carried out, and the
relationship, if any, between the project and previous work done by the
applicant. The names and email addresses of two academic referees should
be included. Please do not ask your referees to write; the Society will
contact them if necessary.
For persons not currently connected with an Ontario University, an
indication of how and when they intend to obtain such a connection.
Please send applications to Amanda Campbell, Osgoode Society for Canadian
Legal History, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N6, or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022.
To see a list of past winners, and to learn more about the fellowship and
the work of the Osgoode Society, please visit ourwebsite.