The Toronto Legal History group is an informal evening seminar that meets 8-10 times a year. Participants are graduate students and faculty in law and history from U of T, York, McMaster and other institutions, as well as law students. All law students with an interest in legal history are welcome.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list and to receive the papers, please send an email to j.phillips@utoronto.ca.

2013-14 Schedule

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

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

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

Wednesday 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”

Wednesday October 30 - Osgoode Society Book launch

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

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

December 4 - Lori Chambers, Lakehead University: “TBA”

Past Speakers and Archives

Past speakers have included:

  • David Sugarman, University of Lancaster, on the Pinochet case
  • Bob Gordon,  Yale University, on Moral and Economic Regulation
  • John Beattie, University of Toronto, on the Bow Street Runners
  • Mark Walters, Queen's, on early conceptions of aboriginal title
  • Karen Pearlston, Osgoode Hall Law School, on "Coverture and the Feme Sole Trader in England"
  • John Weaver, McMaster University, on 'Steyntje and Her Children: A Slave’s Pursuit of Freedom in the Cape Town Courts and before the Privy Council"