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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Law and Society Association and Canadian Law and Society Association to meet in Toronto, June 2018

I am really looking forward to this. Let's try for a strong Canadian legal history contingent, both presenting and attending!

2018 joint meeting of the Law and Society Association
and the Canadian Law and Society Association/ Association Canadienne Droit et Société


June 7 - 10, 2018

Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada

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LAW AT THE CROSSROADS: LE DROIT A LA CROISÉE DES CHEMINS

For thousands of years the place where the City of Toronto is located has been a crossroad where many peoples have met and had fruitful exchanges. According to some Indigenous knowledge keepers, the word “Toronto” comes from the Wendat term for a fishing weir constructed of sticks standing in the water. Lake and river fishing has been an important activity for the area’s many Indigenous peoples, including Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga and Chippewa. The Indigenous knowledge frameworks and laws of the peoples of this area encourage a multilayered understanding of an item such as a fishing weir in terms of its natural, sacred, practical and social meanings.
The area continues to be home to many Indigenous people from all over Canada and beyond, but Toronto has also been shaped by immigration flows from many parts of the world, with about half of its current residents being born outside of Canada.
The Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association hope that our joint meeting in Toronto will be creative and fruitful, in keeping with the traditional use of this land as a gathering place, and that visitors to the area will take the opportunity to make new connections not only with one another but also with diverse local communities.

Call for papers and panels here.

Stanger-Ross, Blomley "‘My land is worth a million dollars’: How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s" in LHR

New in the Law and History Review, Jordan Stanger-Ross and Nicholas Blomley and the Landscapes of Injustice Collective of the University of Victoria have an article: Stanger-Ross, Blomley "‘My land is worth a million dollars’: How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s."

Here's the abstract:

On July 31, 1944, Rikizo Yoneyama, a former resident of Haney, British Columbia, an agricultural area east of Vancouver, wrote to the Canadian Minister of Justice to protest the sale of his property. Two years earlier, when he and his family had packed their belongings for their forced expulsion from coastal British Columbia, they could take with them only what they could carry and, like other displaced people, they left much behind. “I realize that we are the victims of a war emergency and as such are quite willing to undergo … hardship … to help safeguard the shores of our homeland,” wrote Yoneyama, “however, I do urgently desire to return to my home … when the present emergency ends. May I plead your assistance in the sincere request for the return of that home?” When letters like his did receive a response from the federal government (there is no record that he did so in this case) it came in the form of standard letter, acknowledging that “the disposal of … property will be a matter of personal concern” but informing Japanese Canadians that, in conformity with a new federal law, everything, including their homes, would be sold.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Travel grant for research on environmental groups at Laurier archives

via H-Canada:

Applications are currently being accepted for the Joan Mitchell Travel Grant at the Laurier Archives, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.  The travel grant will support a graduate student or established scholar who wishes to travel to the Laurier Archives to conduct research.  For more information on the grant, please visit: https://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/archives#tab-travel-award.  The application deadline is: December 2, 2016.
The Laurier Archives collects in three main areas: The history of the Lutheran Church in Canada; the environmental conservation movement in Canada; and Canadian music....

In our environment conservation collection, records of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee document many of the major environmental issues facing Canada's north.  It contains series documenting pipelines, (including the McKenzie Valley Pipeline; the Alaska Highway Pipeline; the Foothills Pipeline); hydro-electric projects in the Hudson Bay area; interviews with Indigenous leaders about the effects of large scale dams; marine conservation, national parks; Northern communities and Indigenous peoples.  The Ken Hewitt fonds document hydrological research in the Himalayas.  Also check out the records of the Canadian Water Resources Association; the Canadian Environmental Law Association; the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association; and geographer George Francis.

For more information, please contact the Laurier Archives.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Harris, "Property and Sovereignty: An Indian Reserve and a Canadian City"

Doug Harris has posted "Property and Sovereignty: An Indian Reserve and a Canadian City" on SSRN. The article will appear in volume 50 issue 2 of the  UBC Law Review

Here's the abstract.

Property rights, wrote Morris Cohen in 1927, are delegations of sovereign power. They are created by the state and operate to establish limits on its power. As such, the allocation of property rights is an exercise of sovereignty and a limited delegation of it. Sixty years later, Joseph Singer used Cohen’s conceptual framing in a critical review of developments in American Indian law. Where the US Supreme Court had the opportunity to label an American Indian interest as either a sovereign interest or a property interest, he argued, it invariably chose to the disadvantage of the Indians. Within Canada, Indigenous peoples have struggled to have their interests recognized as property rights, let alone as sovereign power. As John Borrows makes clear, Canadian courts have established Canada’s sovereignty as the jurisdictional bedrock on which Indigenous peoples must establish their property rights. This article uses the uses the concepts of property and sovereignty as revealed by Cohen and as interpreted by Singer and Borrows in the context of the rights of Indigenous peoples to recount the history of the appearance, disappearance, and reappearance of an Indian reserve in the City of Vancouver. Allotted by the colony of British Columbia in the 1860s and expanded in 1876 after British Columbia joined the Canadian confederation, the Kitsilano Indian Reserve is one of more than 1500 Indian reserves scattered across the province. Using archival material, much of it introduced in litigation, the article examines the changing character of the Indian reserve in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a property interest and as a limited delegation of sovereignty, in a context where the distribution of sovereignty between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state remains unresolved.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Foster, "Another good thing: Ross River Dena Council v. Canada in the Yukon Court of Appeal: or: Indigenous title, 'presentism' in law and history, and a Judge Begbie Puzzle revisited."



In the June issue of the University of British Columbia Review, an article by Hamar Foster, "Another good thing: Ross River Dena Council v. Canada in the Yukon Court of Appeal: or: Indigenous title, 'presentism' in law and history, and a Judge Begbie Puzzle revisited." 

No abstract available, sorry.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

RIP James Snell

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of University of Guelph university professor emeritus James G. Snell. Professor Snell was a co-author (with Frederick Vaughan) of one of the Osgoode Society's earliest legal histories, a well-regarded volume entitled Supreme Court of Canada: History of the Institution.

Here's his obituary from the Guelph Mercury.

h/t David Cameletti

Poutanen, “Due Attention Has Been Paid to All Rules”: Women, Tavern Licences, and Social Regulation in Montreal, 1840–1860"

In the May 2017 issue of Histoire Sociale/ Social History, Mary Anne Poutanen has published “'Due Attention Has Been Paid to All Rules': Women, Tavern Licences, and Social Regulation in Montreal, 1840–1860."


Taverns and inns were centres of neighbourhood life, places for travellers seeking meals, drink, and accommodation and commercial and domestic spaces where keepers and their families earned a living and that they called home. Women figured largely in public houses as patrons, servants, family members, and publicans in their own right. The article focuses on a sample of 90 female publicans who held tavern licences from 1840 to 1860, arguing that keeping these establishments afforded them distinct levels of economic independence and power. It considers broadly those characteristics that constituted ideal female keepers in mid-nineteenth-century Montreal and how they maintained a respectable status precisely at a moment when alcohol consumption and associated licensed and unlicensed commercial sites were coming increasing under scrutiny by temperance advocates, authorities of the criminal justice system, and elites. To retain their licences, female keepers had to negotiate the landmines of respectability by following licensing regulations, maintaining a reputable demeanour, and regulating the public house’s culture and clientele.

Les tavernes et les auberges étaient des lieux où la vie de quartier battait son plein, des endroits où les voyageurs trouvaient à manger, à boire et à se loger, des aires commerciales et domestiques où les tenanciers et leur famille gagnaient leur vie et qu’ils considéraient comme leur chez eux. Les femmes étaient très présentes dans ces établissements, soit comme clientes, servantes, membres de la famille ou patronnes de plein droit. L’article porte sur un échantillon de 90 tenancières qui détenaient un permis de taverne de 1840 à 1860. Le fait qu’elles tenaient ces établissements leur procurait des niveaux d’indépendance et de pouvoir économiques appréciables, selon l’auteure. Celle-ci se penche en gros sur les caractéristiques qui en faisaient des tenancières idéales dans la Montréal du milieu du XIXe siècle et sur la façon dont elles préservaient leur respectabilité, précisément à un moment où la consommation d’alcool et les établissements commerciaux – avec ou sans permis – où elle avait lieu étaient de plus en plus surveillés de près par les apôtres de la tempérance, les autorités du système de justice criminelle et les élites. Pour conserver leur permis et préserver leur respectabilité, les tenancières devaient donc observer la réglementation sur les permis, conserver leur bonne réputation et régir la culture et la clientèle de l’établissement.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop: Winter 2018 schedule

Here is the schedule for the winter term, 2018. I will provide room numbers and any other updates when available.

Note that there is one slot currently open. If you are interested, please email Jim Phillips.

OSGOODE SOCIETY LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP, 2017-2018:
WINTER TERM, 2018

All sessions at 6.30. Room TBA.

Wednesday January 10 or 17: TBA 

Wednesday January 31 – Elizabeth Koester, University of Toronto: ‘Litigating Eugenics:  The 1936 Eastview Birth Control Trial’.

Wednesday February 14: Tom Telfer, Western University: ‘The New Bankruptcy “Detective Agency”? The Origins of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy in Great Depression Canada.’

Wednesday February 28 - Donald Fyson, Laval University: TBA

Wednesday March 14: Jeff McNairn, Queen’s University: ‘ “Where covert guile and artifice abound:” Making Legal Knowledge of Insolvency and Fraud in Upper Canada, 1794-1843.’

Wednesday March 28: Michael Boudreau, St Thomas University: ‘Capital Punishment in New Brunswick, 1869-1957’.

Wednesday April 4 - Shelley Gavigan, Osgoode Hall Law School: ‘Historicizing Criminalization of Canada’s First Nations: A Project for Legal Historians?’

Roach, "The Judicial, Legislative and Executive Roles in Enforcing the Constitution: Three Manitoba Stories"

Kent Roach has posted "The Judicial, Legislative and Executive Roles in Enforcing the Constitution: Three Manitoba Stories" on SSRN. The essay is forthcoming in Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution, edited by Richard Albert and David R. Cameron (Cambridge University Press).

Abstract:

The comparative strengths and weaknesses of judicial, executive and legislative enforcement of the Constitution are examined through a case study of attempts to enforce the rights of the overlapping Francophones, Roman Catholics and the Métis minorities in Manitoba. In these case studies, the courts were generally the more reliable protector of minority rights than legislatures or the executive. At the same time, there was not always compliance with judicial decisions and courts often produced remedies that were less effective than had there been co-operation with the executive, the legislature and civil society. In particular, legislative remedies both with respect to restoring funding to Catholic schools and ensuring French language services from the government would have been more effective than judicial remedies. They were, however, blocked by filibusters by legislators hostile to the minority rights in question. The 1983 legislative obstruction forced the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985 to pioneer the innovative remedy of a suspended declaration of invalidity. This remedy allows both courts and legislatures to participate in devising remedies. It is now used frequently in Canada and is enshrined in the 1996 South African Constitution.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Deadline extended: Law and Society Grad Student Conference: Constraints and the Law


DEADLINE EXTENSION: 

Colloque CRDS pour étudiants en cycle 

supérieure: Droit & Contraintes/ 

CRDS Graduate Student Conference: 

Constraints & the Law


CRDS Conférence Droit et Société: Droit et Contraintes/ 

CRDS Law and Society Conference: Constraints and the Law

CALL FOR PAPERS
Law and Society Conference: Constraints and the Law
This is a general call for papers for the first ever 
graduate conference hosted by the Law and Society 
research group (CRDS) at UQÀM.
Location: Université de Québec À Montréal
 (Department of Legal Studies)
Date: November 23rd and 24th, 2017
Deadline for submissions: AUGUST 22nd, 2017
The Collectif de Recherche en Droit et Société (CRDS) invites 
graduate students and other scholars, from various disciplines, 
to participate in a conference bringing together scholars and 
researchers with a particular interest in socio-legal studies, 
the sharing of inter-disciplinary research, legal pluralism, 
the exchange of ideas, methods, opportunities and criticism, 
to submit their proposals related to one or more of the themes 
discussed in the attached document.

CRDS Organizing Committee
https://crds.blog/
 
***
APPEL DE COMMUNICATIONS
Conférence Droit et Société : Droit et contraintes
 Le Collectif de Recherche Droit et Société (CRDS) de l’UQAM 
lance un appel à communications pour sa toute première 
conférence.
Lieu : Université du Québec à Montréal 
(Département de Sciences juridiques)
Date : 23 et 24 novembre 2017
Date limite pour soumission : AOÛT 22, 2017, à minuit
Le Collectif de Recherche en Droit et Société (CRDS) 
du Département des sciences juridiques de l’UQAM 
a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue du colloque 
« Droit et contraintes » les 23 et 24 novembre 2017.
 Nous invitons les étudiants et étudiantes aux cycles 
supérieurs ainsi que les chercheurs et chercheuses 
avec un intérêt particulier pour les études sociojuridiques 
ainsi que les perspectives interdisciplinaires ou pluralistes
à participer à cette conférence. Les échanges de même 
que la collaboration avec des étudiantes et étudiants 
de différentes disciplines sont les bienvenus et 
même fortement encouragés.  
Comité d'organisation CRDS
https://crds.blog/

Monday, July 31, 2017

John Beattie online book of remembrance



I posted a couple of weeks ago about the sad news of the death of John Beattie, English (and Canadian) legal historian par excellence and all-round wonderful person.
An online book of remembrance has been set up. If you were a student, colleague, friend or fan, his family would appreciate hearing from you.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brown, "Firearm 'Rights' in Canada: Law and History in the Debates over Gun Control"


R. Blake Brown has published "Firearm 'Rights' in Canada: Law and History in the Debates over Gun Control" in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society/Revue Canadienne Droit et Société.
Here's the abstract:
This article explains why and how some Canadians have asserted a right to possess firearms from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. It demonstrates that several late-nineteenth-century politicians asserted a right to arms for self-defence purposes based on the English Bill of Rights. This “right” was forgotten until opponents of gun control dusted it off in the late twentieth century. Firearm owners began to assert such a right based upon the English Bill of Rights, William Blackstone, and the English common law. Their claims remained judicially untested until recent cases finally undermined such arguments.
Cet article explique pourquoi et comment certains Canadiens ont revendiqué le droit de posséder des armes depuis la fin du XIXe siècle jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle. Il explique comment divers politiciens de la fin du XIXe siècle ont revendiqué le droit du port d’armes à des fins d’auto-défense en vertu du Bill of Rights anglais. Ce « droit » fut oublié jusqu’à ce que des opposants du contrôle des armes le ressuscitent à la fin du XXe siècle. Les propriétaires d’armes à feu commencèrent à s’approprier ce droit en invoquant le Bill of Rights anglais, William Blackstone, et la Common Law. Leurs revendications demeurèrent non vérifiées en droit jusqu’à ce que de récentes affaires ne viennent saper leurs arguments..

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pearlston, "Avoiding the Vulva: Judicial Interpretations of Lesbian Sex Under the Divorce Act, 1968"

Karen Pearlston, of UNB Faculty of Law, has published "Avoiding the Vulva, Judicial Interpretations of Lesbian Sex under the Divorce Act, 1968" in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society/La Revue Canadienne Droit et Société.

Abstract:

The Divorce Act, 1968, provided no-fault divorce for the first time. It also included a list of fault-based grounds for divorce. In addition to the traditional grounds, a spouse whose wife or husband had “engaged in a homosexual act” during the marriage could petition for divorce. This novel provision was aimed at giving husbands a way to divorce their lesbian wives. A close reading of the resulting jurisprudence and surrounding context shows not only that courts struggled to define the homosexual act between women, but also that the legal history of lesbian women differs from that of gay men in a number of respects. Notably, male homosexuality was regulated primarily through criminal law. In contrast, when parliamentarians specifically addressed lesbians, they turned their minds to the family and family law.
La Loi sur le divorce de 1968 offrait, pour la première fois, le divorce sans égard à la faute, mais aussi la liste de motifs de divorce reconnus par la loi. En plus des motifs habituels, la Loi prévoyait qu’une personne dont l’épouse ou l’époux avait eu des relations homosexuelles durant le mariage avait un motif de divorce valable. Cette nouvelle disposition visait à donner aux maris la possibilité de divorcer de leur femme lesbienne. L’étude approfondie de la jurisprudence et du contexte qui en a découlé indique que non seulement les tribunaux ont eu beaucoup de mal à définir ce qu’est un acte homosexuel entre femmes, mais aussi que l’histoire juridique de l’homosexualité féminine est très différente de celle de l’homosexualité masculine. Par exemple, l’homosexualité masculine était abordée par le biais du droit criminel, mais lorsque les parlementaires traitaient d’affaires lesbiennes, ils pensaient surtout en fonction de la famille et du droit familial.

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    RIP John Beattie

    John Beattie was loved by everyone who knew him, and admired and respected by everyone who read his work or heard him speak. His brilliance as a scholar was matched by his kindness as a person. An unusual combination. I could say more, but this is a lovely obituary in the Globe and Mail. I will post the details of his memorial when they are available. Goodbye John, and thank you for everything.

    John Maurice (J.M.) Beattie 
    Passed away from cancer on
    July 12, aged 85, in the comfort
    of his family.John leaves Susan,
    his loving wife of almost 59
    years; three children:Katherine
    (Ed Holmes), Allison (Mark
    Simpson) and Roger
    (JoanneHoribe); and five
    grandchildren: Natalie, Nicholas,
    Sarah, Chloe andKaz - all of
    whose lives he touched so
    deeply.He was predeceased by
    his parents, Frank and Mary
    Beattie and by his beloved older
    sister, Joyce.John Beattie was
    born and raised in Dunstan,
    England, near Newcastle upon
    Tyne. During the war he and his
    sister were temporarily relocated
    to the countryside.After the war
    Joyce married an American
    serviceman and the entirefamily
    moved to Napa, California.John
    attended the University of San
    Francisco where he studied
    historyand captained the soccer
    team. In 1988 he was inducted
    into the USFsports hall of
    fame.John earned a master's
    degree from the University of
    California atBerkeley. It was
    there that he met Susan, the
    love of his life.In 1957 they
    moved to the UK where Susan
    taught school while John earned
    his Phd. from King's College
    Cambridge, under the
    supervision of J.H. Plumb.In
    1961 he accepted a teaching
    position in the History
    department at the University of
    Toronto, the start of a thirty-five
    year career.In the late 1960s
    John turned his academic
    attention to the subjectthat was
    to define his ground-breaking
    research, publishing career and
    reputation: crime and the
    administration of justicein 18th
    century England. He published
    many articles along with five
    books including his seminal
    work, 'Crime and the Courts in
    England, 1660-1800.'In the
    1970s, John's burgeoning
    academic pursuits happily
    coincided with the creation of
    the U of T's Centre of
    Criminology, the beginning of
    what was for John a significant,
    decades-long association; one
    that included two stints as the
    Centre's Director.Yet as
    important as research and
    writing were for him, John's
    great love was teaching. He
    believed this was a university's
    most essential mission and the
    truest test of what its core values
    should be: openness, curiosity
    and rigour.John always took
    immense pleasure in the work of
    his graduate students and joy in
    all their successes, academic and
    otherwise. His spirit of
    generosity towards them
    extended to colleagues in the
    field, to his and Susan's
    neighbours and to their many
    friends, and their families. Above
    all else John's credo was
    fairness. He insisted on it in his
    own assessment of the past and
    lived it in his dealings with the
    people in his life, no matter how
    long or short his association with
    them.Upon his retirement in
    1996 John was a U of T
    University Professoremeritus. He
    and Susan spent many
    wonderful summers at their
    cottageon Pencil Lake where
    John played business manager,
    transportationdirector and chief
    glaze-consultant for Susan
    Beattie Pottery, happilyassuming
    the supporting role for Susan's
    pottery-making that she had
    devoted to his academic work.It
    was a lifelong partnership in all
    the best ways.It was at Pencil
    Lake, too, that he fell in with a
    group of golfbuddies, found later
    in life, whose Tuesday rounds on
    courses acrossthe Kawarthas
    gave him so much
    pleasure.John's work drew
    praise and many awards but his
    most truly importantsuccesses
    came elsewhere: devoted
    husband, loving father, nurturing
    grandfather and loyal
    friend. Cremation has taken
    place.There will be a celebration
    of his life in the fall academic
    term, details to be
    announced.The family would
    like to thank Dr. Russell Goldman
    and his wonderful team at the
    Temmy Latner Centre for
    Palliative Care and Nina and
    Emily from Saint Elizabeth, all of
    whom provided such loving care
    to John these past months.The
    family is also so grateful to the
    staff at Kensington Hospice for
    making his final hours so
    peaceful.In lieu of flowers, a
    donation to Interval House, an
    organizationdevoted to restoring
    respect and independence to
    abused women and children,
    which John has supported for
    many years, would be greatly
    appreciated. 

    http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20170713.93390785/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

    Monday, July 10, 2017

    Tucker, "When Wage Theft was a Crime in Canada, 1935-55" on SSRN

    Eric Tucker has posted "When Wage Theft was a Crime in Canada, 1933-1955" on SSRN. The article will appear in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol. 54, issue 3.

    In recent years the term “wage theft” has been widely used to describe the phenomenon of employers not paying their workers the wages they are owed. While the term has great normative weight, it is rarely accompanied by calls for employers literally to be prosecuted under the criminal law. However, it is a little known fact that in 1935 Canada enacted a criminal wage theft law, which remained on the books until 1955. This article provides an historical account of history of the wage theft law, including the role of the Royal Commission on Price Spreads, the legislative debates and amendments that narrowed its scope and the one unsuccessful effort to prosecute an employer for intentionally paying less than the provincial minimum wage. It concludes that the law was a symbolic gesture and another example of the difficulty of using the criminal law to punish employers for their wrongdoing.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Congratulations to Wes Pue on winning the CLSA English-language book prize

    Congratulations, Wes! A well-deserved honour.
    I re-tweeted this news when it came out a few weeks ago, but neglected to post on it. Mea culpa.

    The Canadian Law and Society Association announces:

    2017 Prize citations / 2017 Annonces des prix

    Book prize / Prix du meilleur ouvrage :


    Committee / Comité : Nicole O’Byrne (Chair / Présidente), Thomas McMorrow

    W. Wesley Pue, Lawyers’ Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016).

    Commendation / Recommandation :
    Wes Pue (University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law) has long been considered one of Canada’s foremost legal historians. This book marks of the culmination of a career spent researching and thinking about the legal education. It is a remarkable achievement. On the book jacket, Harry Arthurs states that “no one should be allowed to study, teach, practise, or write about Canadian law without first reading Lawyers’ Empire....his account of the antecedents, culture, education, governance, and political economy of the Canadian and English legal professions is deeply informed and astonishingly informative, broad in sweep and rich in detail, provocative and witty.” The committee strongly agrees with this assessment. Although the focus of the book ends shortly after World War II, its analytical structure as a work of intellectual and cultural history contributes immeasurably to the contemporary debate over legal education. Wes Pue has written a definitive book on the emergence of lawyers as a professional class. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and future of the legal profession in Canada.

    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":
    Abstract:
    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.

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop Schedule--Fall term, 2017


    OSGOODE SOCIETY LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP, 2017-2018: FALL TERM, 2017

    All sessions will be held in the Jackman Building, U of T Faculty of Law, Room 219, at 6.30 pm. The exception is the September 27th session – see below.

    Wednesday September 13: Christopher Moore, Independent Historian: “Federalism, Free Trade within Canada, and The British North America Act, s.121”

    Wednesday September 27: Special Law Society of Upper Canada Event – Lawyers and Canada at 150. This will take place at the Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, from 3.00-6.00, with a reception to follow 6 – 7.30, in Convocation Hall at Osgoode Hall. The programme is reproduced below. The event is free but you are asked to register.

    Wednesday October 4:  Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: “Squatting and the Rights of Property in British North America”

    Wednesday October 18: Ian Kyer, Independent Historian, “The Ontario Bond Scandal of 1923 Revisited”

    Wednesday November 1 – Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa: “Claire L’Heureux-Dubé.”

    NOTE: The Osgoode Society 2017 Annual Book Launch will take place on Thursday, November 2. 

    Wednesday November 15 – Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School, "Two Cheers for the Constitutional Act of 1791."

    Wednesday November 29 - Nick Rogers, York University: " 'Strumpet hot bitch!' Defamation Suits before Bristol's Bawdy Court, 1720-1790."


    Details of September 27 Event
    The Law Society will mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a special event highlighting the role of lawyers in making the Constitution and in the development of the inclusive society we are committed to building.
    Panel 1: The first panel will speak to the role of lawyers in the making of the Constitution in 1867 and beyond.
    Moderator: Professor Jim Phillips, University of Toronto
    Christopher Moore, award winning author and historian, will discuss the confederation debates over the division of powers.
    The Honourable Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal will assess the origins and significance of thePersons Case.
    Eric Adams of the University of Alberta will examine the career and ideas of lawyer and political activist Frank (F.R.) Scott.
    Leading constitutional litigator Mary Eberts will revisit the drafting of section 15 of the Charter, in which she played an instrumental role.
    Panel 2: The second panel will examine the careers of visionary lawyers who, from the causes they pursued and the careers they built, were ahead of their time.
    Moderator: Professor Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School
    Hamar Foster of the University of Victoria will discuss the early lawyers who represented British Columbia’s Indigenous peoples in the struggle for recognition of their land rights.
    Barrington Walker of Queen’s University will talk about the struggles and triumphs of Delos Rogest Davis, the son of an escaped slave who was the second African-Canadian called to the Bar in Ontario, in 1886.
    Laurel Sefton McDowell of the University of Toronto looks at labour activist, civil libertarian and lawyer Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, the most influential labour lawyer of the turbulent 1930s.
    Constance Backhouse of the University of Ottawa will discuss the ways in which women have contributed to the legal profession from Clara Brett Martin’s first entry in 1897 and beyond.


    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    LSUC presents Lawyers and Canada at 150, Sept. 27


    lawyers-canada-150-bilingualMark your calendars--
    The Law Society of Upper Canada will present

    Lawyers and Canada at 150
    on September 27, 2017 from 3 to 6 pm, at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, followed by a reception 6 to 730 pm.

    Note that this is a free event, but space is limited: RSVP required.

    Moderator: Professor Jim Phillips, University of Toronto
    Christopher Moore, award winning author and historian, will discuss the confederation debates over the division of powers.
    The Honourable Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal will assess the origins and significance of the Persons Case.
    Eric Adams of the University of Alberta will examine the career and ideas of lawyer and political activist Frank (F.R.) Scott.
    Leading constitutional litigator Mary Eberts will revisit the drafting of section 15 of the Charter, in which she played an instrumental role.
    Hamar Foster of the University of Victoria will discuss the early lawyers who represented British Columbia’s Indigenous peoples in the struggle for recognition of their land rights.
    Barrington Walker of Queen’s University will talk about the struggles and triumphs of Delos Rogest Davis, the son of an escaped slave who was the second African-Canadian called to the Bar in Ontario, in 1886.
    Laurel Sefton McDowell of the University of Toronto looks at labour activist, civil libertarian and lawyer Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, the most influential labour lawyer of the turbulent 1930s.
    Constance Backhouse of the University of Ottawa will discuss the ways in which women have contributed to the legal profession from Clara Brett Martin’s first entry in 1897 and beyond.
    Reception: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    The Law Society of Upper Canada
    130 Queen Street West
    Donald Lamont Learning Centre followed by a reception in Convocation Hall
    This program is also available via simultaneous webcast.
    Les avocats et le Canada à l’heure du 150e 
    Christopher Moore, auteur et historien primé, parlera des débats autour de la division des pouvoirs dans la Confédération.
    L’honorable Robert Sharpe de la Cour d’appel de l’Ontario évaluera les origines et l’importance de l’affaire « personne ».
    Eric Adams de l’Université de l’Alberta examinera la carrière et les idées de l’avocat et militant politique Frank (F.R.) Scott.
    La plaideuse constitutionnelle renommée Mary Eberts revisitera la rédaction de l’article 15 de la Charte, dans laquelle elle a joué un rôle déterminant.
    Hamar Foster de l’Université de Victoria parlera des premiers avocats qui ont représenté les peuples autochtones de la Colombie-Britannique dans leur lutte pour la reconnaissance de leurs droits territoriaux.
    Barrington Walker de l’Université Queen’s parlera des luttes et des triomphes de Delos Rogest Davis, le fils d’un esclave en fuite qui était le deuxième Afro-Canadien admis au barreau en Ontario, en 1886.
    Laurel Sefton McDowell de l’Université de Toronto analyse le militant syndical, défenseur des libertés civiles et avocat Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, l’avocat syndical le plus influent à l’époque turbulente des années 1930.
    Constance Backhouse de l’Université d’Ottawa parlera des façons dont les femmes ont contribué à la profession juridique depuis la première entrée de Clara Brett Martin en 1897 et après.
    Réception : 18 h à 19 h 30
    130, rue Queen Ouest, Toronto (Ontario)
    Centre Donald Lamont
    Une réception suivra dans la Grande Salle
    Ce programme est également disponible par webémission simultanée.
    The second panel will examine the careers of visionary lawyers who, from the causes they pursued and the careers they built, were ahead of their time.
    Moderator: Professor Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School
    September 27 2017
    Program: 3 to 6 p.m.
    CPD Hours: 3 Substantive
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    Photographs and video taken at this public event will be used in Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.
    Le Barreau célèbrera le 150e anniversaire du Canada avec un évènement spécial soulignant le rôle des avocats dans la Constitution et dans le développement d’une société inclusive en laquelle nous croyons.
    Le premier panel parlera du rôle les avocats dans la Constitution en 1867 et au-delà.
    Modérateur : Professeur Jim Phillips, Université de Toronto
    Le deuxième panel examinera la carrière des avocats visionnaires qui, depuis les causes qu’ils ont défendues jusqu’aux carrières qu’ils se sont bâties, étaient en avance sur leur époque.
    Modérateur : Professeur Philip Girard, Faculté de droit d’Osgoode Hall
    27 septembre 2017
    Programme : 15 h à 18 h
    Barreau du Haut-Canada
    Heures de FPC : 3 h de droit de fond
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    Cet évènement public est gratuit, mais les places sont limitées. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer ici.
    Les photographies et les vidéos prises à cet évènement public seront utilisées dans les publications en ligne et imprimées du Barreau et de l’organisation partenaire.