Wednesday January 11 – Dennis Molinaro, Trent University: “The Official Secret.”

Wednesday January 25 – Anna Jarvis, York University: “Colonial criminal justice and the Mi’kmaq: the case of Tom Williams, Prince Edward Island, 1839”.

Wednesday February 8 – Bill Wylie, Independent Scholar: “The “Majestic Equality” of the Law: Diverging Views on the Reform of the Civil Law and Courts in Upper Canada, 1841-1857.”

Wednesday, February 22 – David Chan Smith, Wilfrid Laurier University: “Social expectations, Self-interest, and the Public Good: Rethinking the Early Common Law Corporation.”

Wednesday March 8 – Ashley Rubin, University to Toronto: “America’s Proto-Prisons Revisited: The Innovation of Proto-Prisons and the Diffusion of the Walnut Street Model, 1785- 1822.”

Wednesday March 22 – Chandra Murdoch, University of Toronto: “Reactions to Enactment: Suggestions from Reserves to amend the Indian Act, 1869-1904.”

Wednesday April 5 – Blaine Baker, McGill University: ‘‘Juristic Biographies, Homage Volumes, and Tracings of Gerald LeDain’s Life in the Law

Wednesday, April 12 – Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University: “The Last British Justice in Revolutionary America: Charleston’s Board of Police, 1780-1782.”

Wednesday September 13: Christopher Moore, Independent Historian: “Federalism, Free Trade within Canada, and The British North America Act, s.121” . In Seminar Room 3, Falconer Hall.

Wednesday September 27: Special Law Society of Upper Canada Event – Lawyers and Canada at 150. This will take place at the Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, from 3.00-6.00, with a reception to follow 6 – 7.30, in Convocation Hall at Osgoode Hall. The programme is reproduced below. The event is free but you are asked to register at  http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/event/lawyers-and-canada-at-150/

Wednesday October 4:  Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: “Squatting and the Rights of Property in British North America”

Wednesday October 18: Ian Kyer, Independent Historian, “The Ontario Bond Scandal of 1923 Revisited”

Wednesday November 1 – Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School, “Two Cheers for the Constitutional Act of 1791.”

NOTE: The Osgoode Society Annual Book Launch will take place on Thursday, November 2.

Wednesday November 15 –Lara Tessaro, Osgoode Hall Law School, “ ‘At some loss as to the precise object you have in mind’: Enacting Estrogenic Substances with Canada’s Food and Drugs Act, 1939-1944”

Wednesday November 29 – Nick Rogers, York University: ” ‘Strumpet hot bitch!’ Defamation Suits before Bristol’s Bawdy Court, 1720-1790.”



Wednesday January 6 – Nick Rogers, York University, ‘Imperial Crisis, Mobilization and the Law: Unpacking Gillray’s print ‘The Liberty of the Subject’, 1779.’

Wednesday January 20 – Michel Morin, University of Montreal: “The Recognition of Aboriginal Property and Territories in New France”

Wednesday February 3 – Sam MacLean, University of London: “The Westminster Model Navy: The Royal Navy and the Restoration.”

Wednesday March 2 – Kevin Crosby, University of Newcastle-on-Tyne: “Female Jurors in the English Assize Courts, 1920-1925”

Wednesday March 30 – Karen Macfarlane, York University, ‘Selling protections against arrest: Pushing and creating the limits of diplomatic immunity in the eighteenth century.’

Wednesday April 13 – Kelly DeLuca, Ryerson University, TBA.

Wednesday September 14 – Ryan Alford, Lakehead University: ‘Understanding Judicial Tolerance of Executive Branch Unilateralism: Changing Dynamics in the American Federal Judicial Appointments Process 1972-2010.’

Wednesday September 21 – Thomas Mohr, University College Dublin: The Canadian and Irish Constitutions

Wednesday October 12 – Paul Craven, York University: “Just Cause – Industrial Discipline at Arbitration in the 1940s.”

Wednesday October 26 – Bradley Miller, University of British Columbia: “Dangerous Doctrine: Jurisdiction in the Northeastern Boundary Dispute.”

Wednesday November 9 – Suzie Chiodo, Osgoode Hall Law School: “Class Roots: The Genesis of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, 1966-1992″

Wednesday November 23 – Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa: “Claire L’Heureux- Dubé: A Feminist Legal Biography”

Wednesday December 6 – Nelson Ouellet, University of Moncton: “The Origins of Workers Compensation in New Brunswick”



January 14: Joe Kary, Kary and Kwan: “Judgments Of Peace: An Unorthodox Court For The Orthodox And Not-So-Orthodox Jews Of Montreal, 1923-1973

February 11: Jim Phillips, University of Toronto, “Restrictive Covenants: A Case Study in Nineteenth Century Ontario Legal Reception”

February 25: Douglas Hay, Osgoode Hall Law School, ‘Artisans and Crime’

March 4: Elsbeth Heaman, McGill University, ““Legal Fictions of Fairness: Corporate Tax Revolt in fin-de siècle Ontario”

March 18: Rande Kostal, Western University, “Constructing the Rule of Law in Occupied Japan, 1945-48”

April 1 – Myra Tawfik, University of Windsor, “The Impact of Canada’s First Copyright Act (Lower Canada 1832) on Authors, Publishers and Schoolbook Production”

Wednesday September 23 – Brian Young, McGill University: ‘Law, landed families, and intergenerational issues in nineteenth-century Quebec.’

Wednesday October 7 – Ian Kyer: ‘The Canada Deposit Insurance Act of 1967: a Federal Response to a Constitutional Quandry.’

Wednesday October 21 –Paul Craven, York University: ‘The ‘Judges Clause’: Judges as Labour Arbitrators, 1910-1970.’

Wednesday November 4 – David Fraser, University of Nottingham: ‘ “Honorary Protestants”: The Jewish School Question in Montreal, 1867-1997.’

Wednesday November 18 – Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto: ‘R. v. Jonathan: A Case in Context Study’

Wednesday December 2 – Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: ‘A History of Law in Canada, 1815-1850.’

Wednesday December 16 – Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan: ‘Unlawful Enslavement and the Claim of ‘Freedom by Prescription’: An Antebellum Afterlife for the Siete Partidas of Alfonso the Wise.’



September 10 – Ian Kyer, “Equity and the Private Sector Service Provider: The Battle between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Railway Company in the Privy Council”

September 24 – Blaine Baker, University of Toronto, “Testamentary Archeology in Late- Victorian Ontario: William Martin’s Little, Posthumous Legal System

October 1 – Paul Craven, York University, “Imagining a low law history of labour arbitration in Ontario”

October 15 – Sam McLean, King’s College, London: “Courts-Martial and the Creation of the Early-Modern Royal Navy”

October 29 – Joseph Dunlop, University of Toronto: “The Catholic Legislator in a Pluralistic Society: From Pierre Trudeau to Paul Martin.

November 12 – Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School: “A History of Law in Canada, 1750- 1815”

November 26 – Art Linton, ‘Magna Carta Canada’

December 3 – Dennis Molinaro, University of Toronto, “Liberal Communists and Communist Liberals: Section 98 and Civil Rights in Canada.”



January 16 – Patricia McMahon, Osler Hoskin: “The Courts and Conscription: The Case of George Edwin Gray, 1918.”

January 30 – Ariella Elema, University of Toronto: “How to Hold a Trial by Battle”

February 13 – Alain Beaulieu, Universite de Quebec a Montreal: “The Acquisition of Aboriginal Land in Canada: The Geneaology of an Ambivalent System, 1713-1867″

February 27 – Patrick Connor, York University: “Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada”.

March 6 – Joan Sangster, Trent University: “Just Horseplay? Defining Masculinity in Grievance Arbitration During the Fordist Accord.”

March 13 – Barry Wright, Carleton University: “”Macaulay’s India Law Reforms and Labour in the Nineteenth Century British Empire”

March 27 – Brad Miller, Queen’s University and UBC: “An Imperial Union: Defining & Re- Defining Marriage in the Nineteenth Century British Empire.”

April 3 – David Schorr, University of Tel Aviv: “Jerusalem-Jaffa District Governor v Murra and Four Imperial Constitutionalisms”

September 11 – Ian Kyer, Fasken Martineau: “The Thirty Years War: The Legal Battles that Created the TTC 1891-1921″

September 25 – Jordan Birenbaum, University of Toronto: “Elmer A. Driedger (1913-1985): A Biographical and Intellectual Sketch of the Father of Canadian Statutory Interpretation”.

October 9 – Nick Rogers, York University: “Parricide in Mid-Eighteenth Century England: The cases of Mary Blandy and Elizabeth Jefferies.”

October 23 – Jeremy Milloy, Simon Fraser University: “Windsor is ‘A Very, Very Bad Place to Live if You Are Black’: Workplace Violence, Race, and Radical Law in the Aftermath of Charlie Brooks’s Murder”

November 6 – Ubaka Ogbogu, University of Alberta: “Doctors versus Councillors: A Legal History of Smallpox Vaccination in Ontario, 1882 – 1920”

November 20 – Mary Stokes, Osgoode Hall Law School: “Municipal Corporations in Court, 1850-1880.”

Lori Chambers, Lakehead University: “International Adoption”



January 11 – Paul Craven, York University: “Doing Substantial Justice: C.R. Hatheway’s Crown Cases, 1847 – 1867″

January 25 – Marisha Caswell, Queen’s University: “Married Women and the Criminal Law in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England”

February 1- Douglas Hay, York University: “The Misdemeanour/Felony Distinction in the 18th and 19th centuries.”

February 15 – Jed Shugerman, Harvard University: “The Origins of the US Department of Justice”

February 29 – Coel Kirkby, Cambridge University: “The Imperial Origins of the Canadian Constitution”

March 14 – Li Chen, University of Toronto: “Legal Knowledge and Justice in Late Imperial China, 1651-1911″

March 28 – Michael Kogan, University of Toronto: “Soviet Legal Professionals and the Administration of Justice, 1945-1953”.

April 11 – Jeff McNairn, Queen’s University: “A Just and Obvious Distinction: The Meaning of Imprisonment for Debt and the Criminal Law in Upper Canada’s Age of Reform”

September 12 – Matthew Light, University of Toronto: “The Ambiguities of Influence: Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe”

September 26 – Nhung Tran, University of Toronto, “Mortgaging Local Culture: the Commodification of Village Performance in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Vietnam”

October 10 – Bettina Bradbury, York University: “Troubling Inheritances: An Illegitimate Maori daughter contests her father’s will in the New Zealand Courts and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.”

October 24 – Doug Hay, York University: “Criminal Lawyers in Eighteenth Century England”

November 7 – Rob Steinfeld, University of Buffalo: “Outline for a History of the Origins of American Judicial Review”

November 14 – Doug Harris, University of British Columbia, and Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: “History of De facto Expropriation in Canada.”

November 21 – Paul Craven, York University: “Called to Account: Magistrates and Public Accounts in 19th Century New Brunswick”

December 5 – Anthony Gaughan, Drake University: “Do the Ends Justify the Means? The Trial of the Watergate Burglars.”



January 12 – Philip Girard, Dalhousie University: “‘The Making of the Legal Profession in British North America: Reform vs. Revolution’

January 26 – Sophia Sperdakos, Law Society of Upper Canada: “The Lord Reading Law Club”

February 9 – Blaine Baker, McGill University: ‘Storied Exhibitions of Anglo-American Legal Doctrine, 1829-1845’.

February 16 – Paul Craven, York University: “The Temperance Magistrates — License and Prohibition in Charlotte County”

March 2 – Lori Chambers, Lakehead University: “Newborn Adoption: Birth Mothers, Genetic Fathers and Reproductive Autonomy”

March 16- Patricia McMahon, Yale University and Osler Hoskin: “The Debate Over the Fusion of Law and Equity in England, 1850 to 1854: The Influence of David Dudley Field and the New York Code”.

March 30 – Bob Gordon, Yale University: “Critical Legal Histories Revisited.”

April 13 – Ian Kyer, Independent Historian: “Two Marriages that Made a Partnership: The Early History of the Fasken Law Firm.”

September 14 – Nick Rogers, York University: “Crime, Demobilization and Governmentality in Mid-eighteenth Century Britain”.

September 28 – Philip Girard, Dalhousie University: ” ‘If Two Ride a Horse, One Must Ride in Front’: Married Women, Nationality and the Law in Canada, 1880-1950″

October 12 – Tony Freyer, University of Alabama: “Embedding Free versus Slave Labor Regulation Networks in the Transatlantic British Empire and the United States, 1835-1860”

November 2 – Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: “Judicial Independence in British North America”

November 16 – Sascha Auerbach, University of Northern British Columbia: “ ‘I Want Her Bound Over’: Poor Women’s Agency in the London Police Courts of the Long Nineteenth Century”

November 30 – Daniel Rueck, University of Western Ontario: “Bounding the Reserve with Lines and Laws: The Enclosure of Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Territory, 1850-1900”

December 14 – Blaine Baker, McGill University, “Popularising the Rule of Law: Sheldon Amos and the International Scientific Series”