The Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop group is an informal evening seminar that meets on alternate Wednesdays between September and April to discuss a wide variety of topics in legal history, Canadian and international. Participants are graduate students and faculty in law and history from U of T, York, McMaster and other institutions, as well as law students and members of the profession.
Anybody interested in legal history is welcome to attend. If you would like to be put on our list to receive the papers and other notifications by e-mail, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is held on Wednesday evenings, at 6.30, at the University of Toronto Law School, rooms and locations to be determined and posted here.
All Sessions begin at 6.30. Seminar Room FA3, Falconer Hall, Faculty of Law
Wednesday January 16: Nicholas Rogers, York University: ‘Murder on the Middle Passage: The trial of Captain Kimber 1792.’
Wednesday January 30: Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School: ‘American Influences, Canadian Realities: The Rise and Fall of the Harvard Law Model in Canadian Legal Education’.
Wednesday February 13: Jackson Tait, Osgoode Hall Law School: ‘In Search of the Lex Mercatoria: Canadian Legal Interpretation of Atlantic Marine Insurance Contracts, 1860 – 1924′
Wednesday February 27: Eric Reiter, Concordia University: ‘Robinson v. CPR (1882-92): Law, Society and Wrongful Death in Quebec’
Wednesday March 13: Mark Walters, McGill Law School: ‘The Covenant Chain and Criminal Justice in Canada, 1760-1800.’
Wednesday March 27: Colin Grittner, University of British Columbia: ‘Elective Legislative Councils and the Privileges of Property across Mid-Nineteenth-Century British North America’
Wednesday April 3: Patricia McMahon, Tory’s: TBA
Professor Lori Chambers, Lakehead University
Canadian legal history has emerged as a cutting-edge field within the study of Canada's past, and Canadian legal historians are also celebrated participants in international debates about the historical role of law as both a mechanism of control and a source of social challenge. The Osgoode Society for Legal History has been essential in the national and international success of Canadian legal history and historians. The Osgoode Society not only publishes a wide range of books, but also supports students and research and facilitates communication between legal historians. The legal history workshop is a very important part of that communication. Legal historians outside of Canada frequently comment on the Osgoode Society, and its work in Canada, with considerable (and justifiable) envy. The importance of the Osgoode Society cannot be overstated.