Dr. Greenwood was a Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he taught constitutional and legal history. Aside from his passion for history, Dr. Greenwood was also an athlete. In 1956 he declined an offer to play professional football in favor of accepting a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. Dr. Greenwood was a prolific writer of scholarly articles and books on Canadian legal history.
Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books
Canadian State Trials Volume Two: Rebellion And Invasion In The Canadas, 1837-1839 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2002), 512 pp. (editor with Barry Wright).
Uncertain Justice: Canadian Women And Capital Punishment 1754-1953 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and Dundurn Press, 2000), 285 pp. (with Beverley Boissery).
Canadian State Trials Volume One: Law, Politics, And Security Measures, 1608-1837 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1996), 742 pp. (editor with Barry Wright).
Legacies of Fear: Law and Politics in Quebec in the era of the French Revolution (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1993), 359 pp.
Other Legal History Publications
‘From Higher Morality to Autonomous Will: The Transformation of Quebec’s Civil Law, 1774 – 1866′ in W.W. Pue and D.J. Guth, eds., Canada’s Legal Inheritances (Winnipeg: Canadian Legal History Project and University of Manitoba, 2001), pp. 132-213.
‘Lower Canada (Quebec): Transformation of Civil Law, From Higher Morality to Autonomous Will, 1774-1866’ Manitoba Law Journal, Vol 23, 1995, pp. 132 -182.
‘The Treason Trial and the Execution of David McLane’ Manitoba Law Journal, Vol 20, 1990, pp. 3-14.
‘The General Court Martial of 1838 – 39 in Lower Canada: an Abuse of Justice’ in W. Wesley Pue and Barry Wright, eds., Canadian Perspectives on Law and Society: Issues in Legal History (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1988), pp. 249 -285.
‘The Drafting and Passage of the War Measures Act in 1914 and 1927: Object Lessons in the Need for Vigilance’ in W. Wesley Pue and Barry Wright, eds., Canadian Perspectives on Law and Society: Issues in Legal History (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1988), pp. 291-398
‘The Chartrand Murder Trial: Rebellion and Repression in Lower Canada, 1837 – 1839’ in Louis A Knafla, ed., Criminal Justice History: An International Annual, Vol 5, 1984, pp. 129-59.
‘L’insurrection appréhendée et l’administration de la justice au Canada: le point de vue d’un historien’ Reve d’histoire de l’amerique francaise, Vol 34, 1980, pp. 57-93
‘The Legal Secession of Quebec – A Review Note’ University of British Columbia Law Review, Vol. 12, 1978, pp. 71-84.
‘David Mills and Co-ordinate Federalism, 1867-1903’ University of Western Ontario Law Review, Vol. 16, 1977, pp. 93-112.
‘Lord Watson, Institutional Self-Interest, and the Decentralization of Canadian Federalism in the 1890’s’ University of British Columbia Law Review, Vol. 9, 1974, pp. 244-279.