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Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History

Works: 125 works in 432 publications in 1 language and 54,127 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  Diaries  Periodicals  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
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Classifications: KE4395.A7, 342.710873
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Most widely held works by Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
"Race," rights and the law in the Supreme Court of Canada : historical case studies by James W. St. G Walker( )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 1,745 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
Viscount Haldane : "the wicked step-father of the Canadian constitution" by Frederick Vaughan( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chafing under the British North American 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. --Résumé de l'éditeur
Colour-coded : a legal history of racism in Canada, 1900-1950 by Constance Backhouse( )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,464 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
Unforeseen legacies : Reuben Wells Leonard and the Leonard Foundation Trust by Bruce H Ziff( )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,457 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
White man's law : native people in nineteenth-century Canadian jurisprudence by Sidney L Harring( )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,453 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
Lawyers and legal culture in British North America : Beamish Murdoch of Halifax by Philip Girard( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Chief Justice W.R. Jackett : by the law of the land by Richard W Pound( )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,358 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
The Federal Court of Canada : a history, 1875-1992 by Ian Bushnell( )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 1,355 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( )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bora Laskin : bringing law to life by Philip Girard( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the history of twentieth-century Canadian law, Bora Laskin (1912-1984) is by all accounts one of its most important figures. Born in northern Ontario to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Laskin became a prominent human rights activist, university professor, and labour arbitrator before embarking on his 'accidental career' as a judge on the Ontario Court of Appeal, a member of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Chief Justice of Canada. Throughout his entire professional life, he used the law to make Canada a better place for workers, racial and ethnic minorities, and the disadvantaged. As a judge, he sought to make the judiciary more responsive to changing expectations in regard to justice and fundamental rights." "In this biography, Philip Girard chronicles the life of a man who fought corporate capital, university boards, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and his own judicial colleagues in an effort to modernize institutions and reshape Canadian law. Girard draws on a wealth of previously untapped archival sources to provide, in vivid detail, a critical assessment of the contributions of a dynamic man on an important mission."--Jacket
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( )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last day, the last hour : the Currie libel trial by Robert J Sharpe( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1988, 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. Now back in print with a new preface by the author, judge and legal scholar Robert J. Sharpe, The Last Day, the Last Hour remains the definitive account of a landmark legal case."--Pub. desc
Aggressive in pursuit : the life of Justice Emmett Hall by Frederick Vaughan( )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,256 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( )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Torrens system, a mid-nineteenth-century reform of land titles registration from distant South Australia, gradually replaced the inherited Anglo-Canadian common law system of title to land. How and why did this happen? In The Law of the Land, Greg Taylor traces the spread of the Torrens system from its arrival in the far-flung outpost of 1860s Victoria, British Columbia, to twenty-first century Ontario." "This reform of the titles registration system swept through some provinces like wildfire, but still remains completely unknown in three provinces. Examining this peculiarity, Taylor shows how the different histories of various regions in Canada continue to shape the law to the present day. In this concise and illuminating history of land title reform, he also exposes the power of lobbying by examining the influence of both moneylenders and lawyers, who were the first to introduce the Torrens system to Canada east of the Rockies." "An exact and fluent legal history of regional law reforms, The Law of the Land is a fascinating examination of commonwealth influence and ongoing regional differences in Canada."--BOOK JACKET
Searching for justice : an autobiography by Fred Kaufman( )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Honourable Fred Kaufman has been an important figure in Canadian law for half a century. Born in 1924 into a middle-class Jewish family in 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 remained in Canada, where he graduated from university and worked as a reporter for the Montreal Star." "Kaufman was eventually drawn to the legal profession and was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1955. He practised criminal law for eighteen years, taking part in many of the famous cases of that period. In 1973, he became the first criminal lawyer to be appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal, where he served with distinction for eighteen years. Since his retirement in 1991, Kaufman has led numerous commissions and inquiries, including the investigation into the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin and the recent reassessment of the Steven Truscott case." "Searching for Justice is an autobiography of a remarkable man, one who overcame considerable adversity and went on to become one of the leading lights in Canadian law."--Jacket
Renegade lawyer : the life of J.L. Cohen by Laurel Sefton MacDowell( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,241 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.'"--BOOK JACKET
The conventional man : the diaries of Ontario Chief Justice Robert A. Harrison, 1856-1878 by Robert A Harrison( )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert A. Harrison (1833-1878) was one of the eminent jurists of his generation. An outstanding common law lawyer, he went on to become Chief Justice of Ontario in 1875. His diary, which he kept between 1856 and 1878, is one of the most remarkable documents bequeathed to us by the nineteenth century. In it, Harrison provides detailed and intimate accounts of life and love among Toronto's privileged classes, accounts that resound with ambition, passion, jealousy, and rage as his life proceeds through courtships, marriages, deaths, and all the challenges of routine existence. Not least important is Harrison's commentary on scores of courtroom battles fought before judges sometimes described as ignorant and thick-headed, and juries who frequently succumbed to Victorian prejudices in regard to race, gender, and religion." "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."--BOOK JACKET
Dewigged, bothered, and bewildered : British colonial judges on trial, 1800-1900 by John McLaren( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,225 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
Essays in the History of Canadian Law The Canadas by G. Blaine Baker( )

7 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Terror to evil-doers' : prisons and punishment in nineteenth-century Ontario by Peter Oliver( )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the history of the foundations of modern carceral institutions in Ontario. Drawing on a wide range of previously unexplored primary material - including the papers of prison inspectors and officials and the correspondence of those who wrote to the authorities - Peter Oliver provides a narrative and interpretative account of the penal system in nineteenth-century Ontario." "'Terror to Evil-Doers' focuses on the purposes and internal management of particular institutions. By synthesizing a wealth of new material into a comprehensive framework, Oliver's seminal study lays the groundwork for future students and scholars of Canadian history, criminology, and sociology."--Jacket
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"Race," rights and the law in the Supreme Court of Canada : historical case studies
Viscount Haldane : "the wicked step-father of the Canadian constitution"Colour-coded : a legal history of racism in Canada, 1900-1950Unforeseen legacies : Reuben Wells Leonard and the Leonard Foundation TrustWhite man's law : native people in nineteenth-century Canadian jurisprudenceLawyers and legal culture in British North America : Beamish Murdoch of HalifaxChief Justice W.R. Jackett : by the law of the landThe Federal Court of Canada : a history, 1875-1992Married women and property law in Victorian Ontario
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