Women’s Fight for Legal Personhood: The Persons Case in Historical Perspective

Oct 30, 2023 - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Torys LLP (79 Wellington St W, Suite 3300, Toronto, ON)

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History invites you to our inaugural student event — ‘Women’s Fight for Legal Personhood: The Persons Case in Historical Perspective’.

Professor Jim Phillips will moderate a panel discussion between The Honourable Robert J. Sharpe, Professor Patricia McMahon, and Professor Sonia Lawrence examining the history and modern implications of the Persons Case (Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General), 1929 CanLII 438 (UK JCPC).

With reference to the 2007 book written by Justice Sharpe and Professor McMahon, The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood, the discussion will range from the the socio-legal context behind the constitutional challenge, the relationship between constitutional interpretation, gender, and the law, and an evaluation of the contemporary significance of the Famous Five.

This is a public event and is free for all registrants.  Light refreshments will be served. Please register below to attend.

This event is organized by the Osgoode Society’s Law Student Committee, and law students and articling students are particularly encouraged to attend. Students who register will receive a free year-long membership to the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, which includes a copy of the 2023 members’ book: Lori Chambers and Joan Sangster, eds., Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume XII: New Essays in Women’s History.

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