Friday, September 7, 2012

Toronto Legal History Group

[Here’s the fall semester’s line-up for the Toronto History Group.]

The Toronto Legal History 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 the e-mail list and to receive the papers by e-mail, please e-mail The schedule for the fall of 2012 follows.  All Sessions start at 6.30, Faculty Common Room, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Wednesday September 12 - Matthew Light, University of Toronto: "The Ambiguities of Influence: Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe"

Wednesday September 26 - Nhung Tran, University of Toronto, "Mortgaging Local Culture: the Commodification of Village Performance in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Vietnam"

Wednesday 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."

Wednesday October 24 - Doug Hay, York University: "Criminal Lawyers in Eighteenth Century England"

Wednesday November 7 - Rob Steinfeld, University of Buffalo: "Outline for a History of the Origins of American Judicial Review"

Wednesday November 14 - Doug Harris, University of British Columbia, and Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: "History of De facto Expropriation in Canada." This is a discussion of two chapters in the forthcoming book Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context, to be published by the Osgoode Society. The book launch for this book, and the other Osgoode Society publications for 2012, is  on Thursday November 15, 5 p.m., at Osgoode Hall.

Wednesday November 21 - Paul Craven, York University: "Called to Account: Magistrates and Public Accounts in 19th Century New Brunswick"

Wednesday December 5 - Anthony Gaughan, Drake University: "Do the Ends Justify the Means? The Trial of the Watergate Burglars."