Christopher English

Dr. English was a Professor in the Department of History at Memorial University in Newfoundland, with a focus on legal history. In 1997 he created and served as Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Minor Program in Law and Society at Memorial University. He is now an Honorary Research Professor in the Department of History at Memorial. He is a member of the French-Newfoundland Studies Research Group at Memorial University, and of Project Daisy, a Committee of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador whose mandate is the preservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s legal heritage. Christopher English can be reached at

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Vol. IX, Two Islands: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2005), 320 pp. (editor).

Other Legal History Publications

Barrels to Benches: The Foundations of English Law on Newfoundland’s West Coast (St John’s: Print Three, 2010), 146 pp. (editor).

‘ “What is to be done for failed marriages?”: The Supreme Court and the Recovery of Jurisdiction over Marital Causes in Newfoundland in 1948’ Newfoundland Studies, Vol 19, 2003, pp. 297 – 321 (with Sara Flaherty).

A Flag, An Anthem, A Courthouse (St. John’s: Law Society of Newfoundland, 2001), 46 pp. (with Melvin Baker, John L. Joy and Shane O’Dea).

‘Collective violence in Ferryland District, Newfoundland, in 1788’ Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol 21, 1998, pp. 475 – 489.

‘Newfoundland’s Early Laws and Legal Institutions: From fishing Admirals to the Supreme Court of Judicature in 1791-92’ Manitoba Law Journal, Vol 23, 1996, pp. 57 – 78.

A Cautious Beginning: The Court of Civil Jurisdiction, 1791 (St. John’s: Newfoundland Law Reform Commission, 1991), 39 pp. (with Christopher Curran).

‘Development of the Newfoundland Legal System to 1815’ Acadiensis, Vol 20, 1990, pp. 89 – 119.