Eric Reiter

B.A. (Cornell), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), LL.B., B.C.L., LL.M. (McGill), member (retired) of the Barreau du Québec.

Eric H. Reiter is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Concordia University, where he teaches legal history and is the director of the Law and Society program. He is (since 2017) co-editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, he was from 2014 to 2016 president of the Canadian Law and Society Association, and he is a retired member of the Barreau du Québec. A former medievalist and enthusiastic latecomer to Canadian legal history, his research focuses on the history of Quebec civil law, in particular family law and private law personality rights, and on the legal history of emotions. He can be reached at

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec 1870-1950 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019), 469 pp.

Eric Reiter’s Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec has been named as a co-winner of the monograph prize from the Fondation du Barreau du Québec. The official notice can be found here:

The Osgoode Society is thrilled to announce that Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec 1870-1950, by Professor Eric Reiter, has been awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s Prize for the best scholarly book in Canadian history. Congratulations to Professor Reiter.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

“From Shaved Horses to Aggressive Churchwardens: Social and Legal Aspects of Moral Injury in Lower Canada,” in G. Blaine Baker and Donald Fyson, eds., Essays in the History of Canadian Law XI: Quebec and the Canadas (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2013) 460-502.

“Nuisance and Neighbourhood in Late Nineteenth-Century Montreal: Drysdale v. Dugas in Its Contexts,” in Eric Tucker, James Muir, and Bruce Ziff, eds., Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context (Toronto: Irwin Law for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012) 35-69.

Other Legal History Publications

“Family Defamation in the Quebec Civil Courts: The View from the Archives,” in Lyndsay Campbell, Ted McCoy and Mélanie Methot, eds., Canada’s Legal Past: Looking Forward, Looking Back (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, forthcoming).

“Translating the Untranslatable: Historical Aspects of the Protection of Honour and Other Extrapatrimonial Interests in Quebec Civil Law,” in Alexandra Popovici, Lionel Smith and Régine Tremblay, eds., Les intraduisibles en droit civil (Montreal: Thémis, 2014) 157-184.

“Fact, Narrative, and the Judicial Uses of History: Delgamuukw and Beyond,” Indigenous Law Journal 8 (2010): 55-79.

“Gaius, le droit des personnes et la common law anglo-américaine,” in Jacques Bouineau, ed., Personne et res publica (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2008) 2:163-174.

“Imported Books, Imported Ideas: Reading European Jurisprudence in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Quebec,” Law and History Review 22 (2004): 445-492.

“Personality and Patrimony: Comparative Perspectives on the Right to One’s Image,” Tulane Law Review 76 (2002): 673-726.