Bruce Ziff

Bruce Ziff is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. His main research interest is in the area of property law, and he is the author of the leading Canadian text, Principles of Property Law, now in its fifth edition. In 1988 he received the A.C. Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He served as Associate Dean (1989-1991) and was also Visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong in Australia (1991-1992). The following year, he served as Special Counsel for the Alberta Law Reform Institute (1993). He can be reached at

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and Irwin Law, 2012), 532pp. (editor with Eric Tucker and James Muir)

Unforeseen Legacies: Reuben Wells Leonard and the Leonard Foundation Trust (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2000), 280 pp.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

‘Squatters’ Rights and the Origins of Edmonton Settlement’ in Jim Phillips, R. Roy McMurtry, and John T. Saywell, eds., Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume 10 – A Tribute to Peter N. Oliver (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2008), pp. 446-468 (with Sean Ward).

Other Legal History Publications

‘De Soto Discovers the Prairies: Of Squatters and the Canadian West’ in Elizabeth Cooke, ed., Modern Studies in Property Law (Oxford: Hart, 2007), pp. 219-238 (with Sean Ward).

‘Warm Reception in a Cold Climate: English Property Law and the Suppression of Canadian Legal Identity’ in J. McLaren et al, eds., Despotic Dominion: Property Rights in British Settler Societies (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005), pp. 103-119.

‘Shelley’s Rule in a Modern Context: Clearing the “Heir”’ University of Toronto Law Journal, Vol 34, 1984, pp. 170-202 (with M.M. Litman).