Theodor Kerzner Q.C. Research Grants

The Society provides research grants to people undertaking scholarly research into any aspect of Canadian legal history. Faculty and graduate students at Universities are eligible, as are independent scholars. These grants, which are unlikely to exceed $3,000 per person, are given to defray research expenses connected with any project in any field of Canadian legal history. The Theodor Kerzner Q.C. Research Grants programme was created in 2016 to honour the memory of Theodor (Ted) Kerzner, Q.C. a long–time member of the Osgoode Society, a very generous benefactor of the Society, and a lawyer who took a keen interest in legal education and legal scholarship in many fields, especially legal history

There are no application forms. Applicants should describe their project and include a budget and a curriculum vitae. The deadline for requests to be considered at our spring Board meeting is March 31st. The deadline for our September Board meeting is August 31st. Money granted in a calendar year needs to be spent in the same calendar year. Thus grants made in the spring must be expended the same year. Grants made in September can be for either the same calendar year, or the following one, but not both.

Successful applicants undertake to acknowledge the support of the Theodor Kerzner Q.C. Research Grants Programme in any publications which result, in whole or in part, from a Theodor Kerzner Q.C. Research Grant.

Examples of recently awarded grants

  • 2016 – Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa, for work on the history of  the Heenan Blaikie law firm
  • 2016 – Jean-Franois Lozier, Canadian Museum of History, for a study of a murder case in New France in 1699
  • 2016 – Virginia Torrie, University of Manitoba, for an investigation of the operation of the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act in the 1930s.
  • 2016 – Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto, for her work on the history of aboriginal peoples and Canadian criminal justice.
  • 2014 – Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School, for work on a History of Law in Canada
  • 2013 – Charles Hoffman, McGill University, for travel to Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • 2013 – Patrick Connor, York University, for data entry assistance for a book on the history of crime and punishment in Upper Canada.
  • 2012 – Colin Campbell, University of Western Ontario, for research into the career of J.L. Ilsley
  • 2012 – Professor David Schorr, University of Tel Aviv, for research on the history of Canadian water law.
  • 2011 – Bradley Miller, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, for research on the history of Canadian extradition law.
  • 2011 – Rosemary Shipton, for work on the career of R. Roy McMurtry
  • 2010 – Professor James Muir, University of Alberta, for assistance in running a symposium in the history of Canadian Property Law (Note – this symposium contributed towards the publication of E. Tucker, J. Muir and B. Ziff, eds., Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context (Osgoode Society, 2012).
  • 2010 – Professor Dominique Clement, University of Alberta, for research into the history of the British Columbia Human Rights Commission.
  • 2010 – Coel Kirkby, a graduate student at Cambridge, to undertake research at Library and Archives Canada.


Theodor Kerzner, Q.C.



Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context

Some of our grants have led to Osgoode Society publications. This is one of those publications – see the grants awarded in 2010.

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Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953-84

Some of our grants have led to Osgoode Society publications. This is one of those publications – see the grants awarded in 2010.

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