Jerry Bannister

Jerry Bannister is an Associate Professor of History at Dalhousie University. He has researched and published several books and articles on British North America with an emphasis on Newfoundland and the Atlantic. His work has earned him several accolades including the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association for the best book in Canadian History (2004), the John Bullen Prize of the Canadian Historical Association for his Ph.D. thesis in 2000, the ISER Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003) and the Clio Award for the Atlantic Region (2004). Since starting at Dalhousie University in 2003, he has also won the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006-2007). Professor Bannister can be reached at More information can be found at Dalhousie University’s Department of History.

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

The Rule of the Admirals: Law, Custom, and Naval Government in Newfoundland, 1699-1832 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2003), 423 pp. Winner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, 2004.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

‘Surgeons and Criminal Justice in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland’ in Christopher English, ed., Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume IX – Two Islands: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 2005), pp. 79-114.

Other Legal History Publications

‘Law and Labor in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland’ in Douglas Hay and Paul Craven, eds., Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004), pp. 153-174.

‘The Campaign for Representative Government in Newfoundland’ Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol 5, 1994, pp. 19-40.