Osgoode Society Books

Our books are listed here chronologically by date of publication, with the books to be published in 2018 first.  The 2018 books will be available in the fall. You can order them now using the membership page. Use the Search function to the right to find a particular book, or author.

Book Sale – Nov 16 – Dec 3, 2018

Selected books are on sale for $10 if picking up from Osgoode Hall or $13 if shipping is required. You’ll find purchase links on the individual book pages.

All Books

  • The Fiercest Debate: Cecil A. Wright, The Benchers And Legal Education In Ontario, 1923-1957.

    by C. Ian Kyer And Jerome Bickenbach. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1987. Disagreements over legal education have by no means been restricted to Ontario or to the twentieth century. The nature of legal education was debated in many parts of Europe and North America in the course of the nineteenth century. As the… Read more »

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  • The Case of Valentine Shortis: A True Story of Crime and Politics in Canada

    by Martin Friedland, Emeritus Professor Law, University of Toronto. Published with the University of Toronto Press. 1986. Since its inception, the Osgoode Society has been anxious to publish scholarly studies of significant Canadian trials. In popular literature this genre, presented in the form of courtroom confrontations, appeals to the imagination and reaches a wide audience. A more… Read more »

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  • Mr. Attorney: The Attorney General for Ontario in Court, Cabinet and Legislature, 1791-1899

    by Paul Romney. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1986. Mr. Attorney is a major exercise in revisionist historiography. Based on extensive research in often obscure sources, it offers an account of the office of Attorney General which reinterprets several key themes of nineteenth-century constitutional and political history. Paul Romney argues that grievances involving the… Read more »

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  • The Supreme Court of Canada: History of  the Institution

    By James Snell, Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph, and Frederick Vaughan, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1985. Canadians know little about the history and traditions of their highest court. In providing the first comprehensive history of the Supreme Court of Canada, James Snell and Frederick Vaughan… Read more »

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  • Duff: A Life in the Law

    by David Williams. Published with the University of British Columbia Press, 1984. Out of Print. Sir Lyman Duff is often described as Canada’s most distinguished jurist. His career encompassed forty years in high judicial office, the last eleven as Chief Justice of Canada. More than any other individual, he shaped the Supreme Court and its decisions… Read more »

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  • Sir John Beverley Robinson: Bone and Sinew of the Compact

    by Patrick Brode, Legal Counsel, City of Windsor. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1984. It is appropriate that Patrick Brode’s biography of Sir John Beverley Robinson was published in the year that marked the 200th anniversary of the coming of the loyalists to British North America. Robinson, as Patrick Brode demonstrates, embodied much… Read more »

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  • Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume II

    edited by David H. Flaherty.  Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1983. This volume, containing nine essays, is the second of two designed to illustrate the wide possibilities for research and writing in Canadian legal history. Topics covered include: the role of the civil courts in Upper Canada; legal education; political corruption; nineteenth-century Canadian… Read more »

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  • Cornerstones Of Order: Courthouses And Town Halls Of Ontario, 1784-1914

    by Marion Macrae And Anthony Adamson. Published with Clarke Irwin Inc., 1982. Cornerstones of Order: Courthouses and Town Halls of Ontario 1784-1914 by Marion MacRae and Anthony Adamson was the second volume in the Society’s publication series. The Society was delighted to be associated in this publication with these two distinguished authors, who had already left… Read more »

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  • Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume I

    edited by David H. Flaherty.  Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1981. This volume, containing ten essays, was the first of two designed to illustrate the wide possibilities for research and writing in Canadian legal history and reflecting the current interests of those working in that area. Topics covered include historical aspects of company… Read more »

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