Shelley Gavigan

Shelley Gavigan is Associate Dean and Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has been a member of the Osgoode faculty since 1986 where she teaches criminal law, family law, poverty law and children and the law. Her research interests include socio-legal theory and history in the areas of Canadian criminal law, feminist legal studies and family law. She has served three terms as Academic Director of Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services. She previously worked as a lawyer in legal clinics in Saskatchewan and was the first Director of Complaints/Compliance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.


Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 (Osgoode Society with U.B.C, Press, 2012), pp. 304.

Shortlisted for the 2013 John A. Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association, given for the best book in Canadian history published in 2012.

Other Legal History Publications

‘From Mothers’ Allowance to Mothers Need Not Apply: Canadian Welfare Law as Liberal and Neo-Liberal Reforms’ Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol 45, 2007, pp. 733-771 (with Dorothy Chunn).

‘Petit Treason in Eighteenth Century England’ Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, Vol 3, 1989 1990, pp. 335-374