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Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History

Works: 100 works in 319 publications in 1 language and 41,653 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Diaries  Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies 
Classifications: KE4395.A7, 342.710873
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Most widely held works about Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
Most widely held works by Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
Colour-coded : a legal history of racism in Canada, 1900-1950 by Constance Backhouse( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historically, Canadians have considered themselves to be more or less free of racial prejudice. Although this perception has been challenged in recent years, it has not been completely dispelled. In Colour-Coded, Constance Backhouse illustrates the tenacious hold that white supremacy had on our legal system in the first half of this century, and underscores the damaging legacy of inequality that continues today." "Backhouse presents detailed narratives of six court cases, each giving evidence of blatant racism created and enforced through law."--Jacket
White man's law : native people in nineteenth-century Canadian jurisprudence by Sidney L Harring( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the nineteenth century many Canadians took pride in what they regarded as this country's liberal treatment of Indians. In this thorough reinvestigation of Canadian legal history, Sidney L. Harring sets the record straight, showing how Canada has continually denied aboriginal peoples even the most basic civil rights."--BOOK JACKET. "Drawing on scores of nineteenth-century legal cases, Harring reveals that colonial and early Canadian judges were largely ignorant of British policy concerning Indians and their lands. He also provides an account of the remarkable tenacity of First Nations in continuing their own legal traditions despite obstruction by the settler society that came to dominate them."--Jacket
"Race," rights and the law in the Supreme Court of Canada : historical case studies by James W. St. G Walker( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Race," Rights and the Law in the Supreme Court of Canada illustrates the rich possibilities of using case law to illuminate Canadian social history and the value of understanding the context of the times in interpreting court decisions
The Federal Court of Canada : a history, 1875-1992 by Ian Bushnell( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Federal Court of Canada, which existed from 1875 to 1971 under the name Exchequer Court of Canada, occupies a special place in the court structure of Canada. It was founded principally to adjudicate legal disputes in which the Canadian government was involved. Since its change of name in 1971 it has become primarily an administrative appeal court dealing with the review of decisions made by federal administrative tribunals in addition to its existing jurisdictions: admiralty, intellectual property, tax, and other areas. As a federal court within the nation, its very existence has provoked discussion and debate as the various provincial court systems claim a position of primacy within our society for the adjudication of legal disputes." "Central to this history of the Federal Court is an examination of the judges who have sat on its bench, with particular focus on their views regarding the proper approach to decision making. The Federal Court of Canada is a rich resource both for those with a legal background and for those with an interest in the working and history of legal institutions."--Jacket
Married women and property law in Victorian Ontario by Anne Lorene Chambers( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A meticulously researched and revisionist study of the nineteenth-century Ontario?s Married Women's Property Acts. They were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women
A deep sense of wrong : the treason, trials, and transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian rebels after the 1838 rebellion by Beverley Boissery( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1839 fifty-eight men left Montreal for the penal colony of New South Wales. They were ordinary people who had been caught up in the political whirlwind of the 1838 rebellion. Even though they were all civilians, they had been tried by court martial. Convicted of treason, their properties forfeited to the crown, they paid a heavy price for rebellion. And as convicts in Australia, they were considered the lowest of a bad lot. During their years there, however, they earned the respect of Sydney's citizens
Viscount Haldane : "the wicked step-father of the Canadian constitution" by Frederick Vaughan( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chafing under the British North America Act of 1867, which provided for a strong central government, the provincial governments appealed to the Judicial Committee and were successful in gaining greater provincial legislative autonomy through the constitutional interpretations of the law lords. In Viscount Haldane, Frederick Vaughan concentrates on Haldane's role in these rulings, arguing that his jurisprudence was shaped by his formal study of German philosophy, especially that of G.W.F. Hegel. Vaughan's analysis of Haldane's legal philosophy and its impact on the Canadian constitution concludes that his Hegelian legacy is very much alive in today's Supreme Court of Canada and that it continues to shape the constitution and the lives of Canadians since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."--Jacket
Bora Laskin : bringing law to life by Philip Girard( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Bora Laskin, Girard chronicles the life of a man who, at all points of his life, was a fighter for a better Canada: he fought antisemitism, corporate capital, omnipotent university boards, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and his own judicial colleagues in an effort to modernize institutions and re-shape Canadian law
Chief Justice W.R. Jackett : by the law of the land by Richard W Pound( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilbur Roy Jackett, born in a small town in Saskatchewan in 1914, is inextricably connected to some of the most important developments in Canadian legal history. As a scholar, public servant, and jurist, he was a leading figure in Canadian law, serving during the governments of Mackenzie King, St Laurent, Pearson, Diefenbaker, Trudeau, and Clark
Renegade lawyer : the life of J.L. Cohen by Laurel Sefton MacDowell( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"J. L. Cohen, one of the first specialists in labour law and an architect of the Canadian industrial relations system, was a formidable advocate in the 1930s and 1940s on behalf of working people. In representing the less powerful and seeking to reform society and protect civil liberties, he was a 'radical lawyer' in the tradition of the great American counsel Clarence Darrow and contemporary Canadian advocate Thomas Berger. Cohen was also among a group of 'labour intellectuals' in Canada, similar to those in the United States who supported Roosevelt's New Deal. He wrote Collective Bargaining in Canada, served on the National War Labour Board, and advised the Ontario government about policy issues such as mothers' allowances, unemployment insurance legislation, and labour law." "In this biography, Laurel Sefton MacDowell presents a thorough and insightful account of a brilliant but complex public figure. Cohen's commitment to the labour movement resulted in part from his background as a Marxist and a Jewish immigrant, and was deepened by his experience of the Depression. His was an unusual perspective for a middle-class professional, and his ethnic origins and political views subjected him to discrimination. Though respected professionally, he made enemies. At the end of the war, Cohen was convicted of a criminal charge; he was disbarred but later reinstated, and died suddenly in 1950 at the age of fifty-three. Though he rose to the top of his profession, he had a difficult, complicated private life, which contributed to his personal disgrace and professional downfall. His obituary in the Globe and Mail described him as a dynamic, sharp-witted man who rose from humble beginnings to become the most influential labour lawyer in Canada, and it concluded with what may be a fitting epitaph, 'He championed all the wrong people in all the right things.'"--Jacket
Aggressive in pursuit : the life of Justice Emmett Hall by Frederick Vaughan( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few people have had a greater impact on the lives of Canadians than the late Supreme Court justice Emmett Hall. At the forefront of several important judgments in the 1960s and 1970s - such as Truscott and Calder - Hall is perhaps best known for his role in the adoption of universal health care at the federal level in 1968. Based on extensive interviews with Hall and people who knew him, Frederick Vaughan's Aggressive in Pursuit tells Hall's story." "Born in Quebec in 1898 and raised in Saskatchewan, Hall had a long and distinguished career in the law. Aggressive in Pursuit traces Hall's career from his earliest days as a lawyer in Saskatchewan to the end of his life in 1995. A forceful advocate in private practice, on the bench, and as a royal commissioner and mediator, Hall made an extraordinary contribution to the judicial history of Canada."--Jacket
The law of the land : the advent of the Torrens system in Canada by Gregory Dening Taylor( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greg Taylor traces the spread of the Torrens system, from its arrival in the far-flung outpost of 1860s Victoria, British Columbia, right up to twenty-first century Ontario
Dewigged, bothered, and bewildered : British colonial judges on trial, 1800-1900 by John McLaren( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout the British colonies in the nineteenth century, judges were expected not only to administer law and justice, but also to play a significant role within the governance of their jurisdictions. British authorities were consequently concerned about judges' loyalty to the Crown, and on occasion removed or suspended those who were found politically subversive or personally difficult. Even reasonable and well balanced judges were sometimes threatened with removal. Using the career histories of judges who challenged the system, Dewigged, Bothered, and Bewildered illuminates issues of judicial tenure, accountability, and independence throughout the British Empire. John McLaren closely examines cases of judges across a wide geographic spectrum - from Australia to the Caribbean, and from Canada to Sierra Leone - who faced disciplinary action. These riveting stories provide helpful insights into the tenuous position of the colonial judiciary and the precarious state of politics in a variety of British colonies"--Provided by publisher
Unforeseen legacies : Reuben Wells Leonard and the Leonard Foundation Trust by Bruce H Ziff( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonel Reuben Wells Leonard (1860-1930) was a teacher, civil engineer, militia officer, inventor, businessman, senior civil servant, and philanthropist. In December 1923, he signed the third and final version of the Leonard Foundation trust deed, donating over $500,000 to create a fund for scholarships tenable across Canada. The deed begins with a statement of Leonard's belief that the "White Race is, as a whole, best qualified by nature to be entrusted with the development of civilization and the general progress of the world along the best lines". It goes on to recite that the progress of the world depends on the maintenance of the Christian religion and the independence, stability, and prosperity of the British Empire. The student awards created under the trust were therefore available only to persons who were White Protestants of British nationality or parentage. The Leonard Foundation operated under these terms for over 60 years. When the legality of the trust was questioned in the mid-1980s, an Ontario court ruled that it was valid, and it was not until 1990 that the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed the initial decision and held that the discriminatory qualifications were unlawful. Leonard's life provides the backdrop for the central subject of Unforeseen Legacies: an exploration of Canadian values and beliefs as filtered through the ideologies of Colonel Leonard, the Leonard Trust, and the law governing private discriminatory action. In part, this study investigates Canada's response to issues of race, discrimination, and tolerance of and respect for difference, then and now. This book is about Reuben Wells Leonard, the Leonard Foundation trust, the litigation concerning the validity of the trust's discriminatory provisions, and the judgments rendered in the Leonard Foundation case. Part biography, part intellectual history, part legal history, it concludes with a discussion of contemporary law and policy
The conventional man : the diaries of Ontario Chief Justice Robert A. Harrison, 1856-1878 by Robert A Harrison( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although unusual in his driving ambition and his consuming need to accumulate a fortune, Harrison remained in most respects thoroughly conventional and Victorian, and his diary offers rare insights into the mind of the mid-nineteenth-century upper-class Toronto male. Opinionated and forthright, Harrison expresses strongly held views not only on law but also on such matters as love, marriage, sexuality, medical practice, drinking habits, class, servants, technology, opera, and theatre. In an extended biographical introduction, Peter Oliver provides an explanation and a critical assessment of Harrison's life and career, which further illuminate one man's extraordinary record of an era."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Searching for justice : an autobiography by Fred Kaufman( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Honourable Fred Kaufman has been a distinguished figure in Canadian law for a half century. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in mid-1920s Vienna, Kaufman escaped to England on the eve of the Second World War. In 1940, he was interned as an 'enemy alien' and sent to Canada. Released in 1942, Kaufman stayed in Canada where he went on to university and law school in Montreal. Searching for Justice is Kaufman's remarkable story in his own words. It is the tale of adversity overcome in a crucial period of Canadian legal history. (Midwest)
Lawyers and legal culture in British North America : Beamish Murdoch of Halifax by Philip Girard( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From award-winning biographer Philip Girard, Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America is the first history of the legal profession in Canada to emphasize its cross-provincial similarities and its deep roots in the colonial period. Girard details how nineteenth-century British North American lawyers created a distinctive Canadian template for the profession by combining the strong collective governance of the English tradition with the high degree of creativity and client responsiveness characteristic of U.S. lawyers - a mix that forms the basis of the legal profession in Canada today. Girard provides a unique window on the interconnections between lawyers' roles as community leaders and as legal professionals. Centred on one pre-Confederation lawyer whose career epitomizes the trends of his day, Beamish Murdoch (1800-1876), Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America makes an important and compelling contribution to Canadian legal history."--Pub. desc
The last day, the last hour : the Currie libel trial by Robert J Sharpe( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Last Day, the Last Hour reconstructs the events - military and legal - that led to the trial and the trial itself, one of the most sensational courtroom battles in Canadian history, involving many prominent legal, military and political figures of the 1920s
The lawmakers : judicial power and the shaping of Canadian federalism by John T Saywell( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Canadian Constitution of 1867 as written should have provided the authoritative guide to the law governing the division of powers between the national and provincial governments of Canada, but by the 1940s the federal constitution was a very different document to that composed originally by John A. Macdonald and his colleagues. In this engaging and exhaustive examination of the critical role of the courts--the Judicial Committee of the Privacy Council and the Supreme Court of Canada--in shaping Canadian federalism, the author argues that the courts always have and still do 'make law'--law that can be largely subjective and often bears little relationship to the text or purposes of the Constitution. (Midwest)
Essays in the history of Canadian law by David H Flaherty( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Présentation de l'éditeur : "The essays in this volume deal with the legal history of the Province of Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, and the Province of Canada between the British conquest of 1759 and confederation of the British North America colonies in 1867. The backbone of the modern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this geographic area was unified politically for more than half of the period under consideration. As such, four of the papers are set in the geographic cradle of modern Quebec, four treat nineteenth-century Ontario, and the remaining four deal with the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes watershed as a whole. The authors come from disciplines as diverse as history, socio-legal studies, women's studies, and law. The majority make substantial use of second-language sources in their essays, which shade into intellectual history, social and family history, regulatory history, and political history."
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White man's law : native people in nineteenth-century Canadian jurisprudence"Race," rights and the law in the Supreme Court of Canada : historical case studiesThe Federal Court of Canada : a history, 1875-1992Married women and property law in Victorian OntarioA deep sense of wrong : the treason, trials, and transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian rebels after the 1838 rebellionViscount Haldane : "the wicked step-father of the Canadian constitution"Bora Laskin : bringing law to lifeChief Justice W.R. Jackett : by the law of the land