As in 2020-2021 we will be putting on a number of events. They will all be held over ZOOM, starting at 5.30 and ending at the latest at 7.00 p.m. At this time four events have been organized for September, October and November, as follows. Please mark your calendars.
Wednesday September 22 – Professor Alan Corbiere, Department of History, York University, will speak about his work on eighteenth and pre-Confederation nineteenth century treaties in what is now Ontario.
Wednesday October 6 – Professor Constance Backhouse, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, will speak about her forthcoming book on the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada case, R. S (R.D.), which involved an accusation of bias against the trial judge, Madam Justice Corinne Sparks, the first black woman judge in Canada.
Wednesday October 20 – Professor Eric Adams, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, will speak about his work on the cases of Japanese Canadians exiled from Canada after World War II.
Wednesday November 17 – Professor Daniel Rück, Department of History, University of Ottawa, will speak about his shortly to be published book The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth Century Canada. This is the Osgoode Society members’ book for 2021. For more details see
We are working on one or two more events in 2021. Applications will be made for EDI and Professionalism hours for all events. Please note also that the Osgoode Society Legal History Research Workshops will also resume in September. See the drop down menu under News and Events on this website.
From January on we have arranged three further events, and more are in progress. The ones definitely scheduled include a presentation by Professor Harvey Amani Whitfield, Department of History, University of Calgary, on the legal history of Nova Scotia’s black community, a significant presence in that colony from the 1780s. We are also conducting two ‘interviews’ discussing the links between legal history and judicial decision-making with two Supreme Court of Canada judges, the Honourable Russell Brown and the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer. The latter two will take place on February 2nd (Justice Brown) and March 30th (Justice Kasirer).