Membership

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Established in 1979, the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History publishes books on Canadian legal history, creates and preserves an oral history archive, and puts on legal history lectures and similar events.

Since 1981 the Society has published 115 books, including our 2021 books, on a diverse range of topics in Canadian legal history and has recorded more than 620 oral histories from various members of the legal profession.

We have various categories of membership. With a regular membership, at $60, you receive the annual members’ book. The members’ book is also included with student memberships, which are $25. If you wish to not only join the Society but also contribute a donation to support its work, you can take out an Individual Sustaining Membership for $165. This brings you the members’ book and all the other benefits of membership, and a charitable tax donation for $105.

Our final category of membership is the McMurtry Circle, at $500. Members of the McMurtry Circle receive the members’ book, a certificate of appreciation signed by our founder, the Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, and a charitable donation receipt for $440. Society President the Hon. Robert Sharpe and Editor-in-Chief Professor Jim Phillips are members of the McMurtry Circle, and encourage others to join them.

Finally, to respond to some of our members who tell us that they want to support the Osgoode Society but do not want our membership book, we have a ‘Membership – No Book’ category. Members opting for this category will receive a charitable donation receipt for part of their subscription.

The benefits of membership other than the members’ book and being able to support the most successful legal-historical organization in the common law world include a regular newsletter giving notice of our events and other news, the ability to buy our optional extra books at a discount price compared to that charged by the publisher, and participation in our book sale specials – a bulk discount at any time and special sales at year’s end.

MEMBERS’ BOOK 2021

Our members’ book for 2021 is The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rück, Associate Professor of History, University of Ottawa, published by the University of British Columbia Press. The Laws and the Land is a history of the relationship between Kahnawà:ke and Canada. It is the story of land and law set in the territory of the sovereign Kanien’kehá:ka nation near Montreal, focused on the colonial tactics of the expanding settler state of Canada over the course of the nineteenth century. The book is a history of the asymmetrical encounter between Kahnawà:ke law and Canadian “Indian laws”, in the context of Confederation, the Indian Act, Indigenous history, and the global history of settler colonialism. Using extensive archival research, this book reveals an increasingly powerful and belligerent Canada interfering in the governance of Kahnawà:ke, one of the most populous and influential Indigenous communities in nineteenth-century Canada. Yet the colonial invader described in this book is not simply a well-organized, irresistible machine; it was also a colonizing bureaucracy wracked by contradiction, inconsistency, and weakness, which themselves become sources of oppression for colonized people. This is the story of the meeting of two legal traditions in a settler colonial context, and the lawlessness and violence that emerges from the colonization process.

Please note that this title has not yet been published. We expect a publication date in the fall but will send an update when we have exact dates. The book will be automatically sent to you.

OPTIONAL EXTRA 2021

In 2021 we are also publishing three optional extras.

Truth and Privilege: Libel Law in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1820-1840,  by Professor Lyndsay Campbell of the University of Calgary. Published by Cambridge University Press, and a joint publication in the Osgoode Society Series and the American Society for Legal History’ Studies in Legal History Series. Truth and Privilege is a comparative study of the interplay among legal and constitutional traditions, political and religious controversy, publishing practices, institutional logic and personalities that drove the evolution of the body of law used for disciplining wayward presses and tongues in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts in the 1820s and 1830s, as these two deeply connected places worked through the implications of responsive democratic governance. Both places prized both good character and free expression, but courtrooms were far more often the site of these conflicts in Massachusetts. Campbell’s research on the defenses of truth and privilege demonstrates the similarities and differences between these places in how the tensions around assertions of legislative power and claims to individual conscience and expression played out. She explores the unfolding of legal and popular thought on acceptable justifications for publishing objectionable expression and the incentives institutions offered to draw participants, including women, into court or to keep them out.

Our second optional extra is Income Tax in Canada: Laying the Foundations 1917-1948, by Professor Colin Campbell of Western University and Robert Raizenne of Osler Hoskin, published by the Canadian Tax Foundation. This is the first book-length study of the origins of Canada’s income tax, and its development during the inter-war period and the second world war. The authors, both experts in tax law and both imbued with an expert understanding of modern Canadian history, combine a technical legal analysis of tax design and administration set against a background of the politics and economics of the turbulent inter-war period, war financing, and post-war recovery.

 Our final optional extra is The Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court: 50 Years of History, edited by Professors Martine Valois (University of Montreal), Ian Greene (York University), Craig Forcese (University of Ottawa), and Peter McCormick (University of Lethbridge). Published by Irwin Law. The book marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Court of Canada in 1971 and assesses the contributions of the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal to Canadian jurisprudence. The book’s 18 chapters include contributions by the four editors and eight collaborators, and a chapter each by Chief Justice Marc Noël and Chief Justice Paul Crampton. The sources used include extensive interviews with sitting and retired judges and prothonotaries from both Federal Courts. The book includes chapters on each of the courts’ specialties – administrative law, immigration and refugee cases, intellectual property, security intelligence, Indigenous law, environmental law, admiralty, labour and human rights, and tax, as well as overviews of the history of the court, its personnel, etc. The volume sheds new light on two of Canada’s most important, but least recognized, courts.

Please note that these titles have not yet been published. We expect a publication date in the fall but will send an update when we have exact dates. The book will be automatically sent to you.

Your membership in the Society helps us continue to promote and to preserve Canadian Legal History. Join us!

Renew or Join as an Individual Member with book for 2021

Includes the 2021 member's book - The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rúck.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$60.00
Renew or Join as a Student Member for 2021

Includes the 2021 member's book - The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rúck.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$25.00
Renew or Join as an Individual Sustaining Member for 2021

Includes the 2021 member's book - The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rúck.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$165.00
Renew or Join as a McMurtry Circle Member for 2021

Includes the 2021 member's book - The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rúck.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$500.00
Renew or Join as an Individual Member no book for 2021

Members' book is not included.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$50.00
Gift Membership

All Gift Memberships include the 2021 member's book - The Laws and the Land: The Settler Colonial Invasion of Kahnawà:ke in Nineteenth-Century Canada, by Daniel Rúck. The book will be automatically sent to the recipient along with a note describing member benefits and listing the gifter.

Optional Extras: You can choose to include the optional extras after clicking the buy now link. There is an option to buy all three optional extras and save $35.

CA$60.00

A portion of the individual membership without book, individual sustaining and McMurtry Circle memberships entitle the member to a charitable receipt.