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Friday, October 17, 2014

Congratulations to Charlotte Gray for Toronto Book Award

The City of Toronto has announced that Charlotte Gray has won the 2014 Toronto Book award for The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country, a co-publication of the Osgoode Society and Harper-Collins.
Congratulations to Charlotte and both publishers!


hat tip Trish McMahon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New from MQUP: Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec by Brian Young

 New from McGill-Queen's University Press

The Taschereaus and McCords
By Brian Young 
History has often ignored the influence in modern Quebec of family dynasties, patriarchy, seigneurial land, and traditional institutions. Following the ascent of four generations from two families through eighteenth-century New France to the onset of the First World War, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec compares the French Catholic Taschereaus and the Anglican and English-speaking McCords.

Consulting private, institutional, and legal archives, Brian Young studies eight family patriarchs. Working as merchants or colonial administrators in the first generation, they became seigneurial proprietors, officeholders, and prelates. The heads of both families used marriage arrangements, land stewardship, and judgeships to position their heirs. Young shows how patriarchy was a central force in both domestic and public life, as well as the ways in which Taschereau and McCord family strategies extended into the marrow of Quebec society through moral authority, influence on national identities, and their positions within senior offices in religious, judicial, and university institutions. Through courthouses, cemeteries, belfries, and their own chapels and neoclassical estates, they created encompassing cultural landscapes. Later generations used museums, archives, historian collaborators, photography, and modern print to elevate family achievement to the status of heroic national narratives.

Sagas of the monied and entrepreneurial, nationalist imperatives to protect a vulnerable people, and skepticism about the lasting power of great families and historical institutions have relegated the influence of the Taschereaus and McCords to obscurity. Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec resuscitates the central role these elite families played in English and French Quebec.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Call for Participation: ACDS/CLSA mid-winter meeting, Montreal, Jan. 17-18

From the ACDS/CLSA.
Note: this is addressed to members, but becoming one is easy: go to the website membership page. (Student members pay only $30.)

English follows.
Chers membres,
Le comité de l’ACDS vous invite à soumettre vos contributions pour sa prochaine rencontre de mi-hiver qui aura lieu au campus du centre-ville de l’Université Concordia, à Montréal, les 17 et 18 janvier 2015 prochain. La conférence mi-hiver est une occasion informelle de rencontrer d’autres membres pancanadiens de la Société et de vous impliquer dans son organisation.
Cette année, le thème de la conférence s’intitule Dynamiser le droit : esquisses inédites dans les études sociojuridiques. Les membres sont encouragés à former des tables-ronde ou des panels s’articulant autour des grands thèmes de la recherche sociojuridique, dont « le droit et la religion », « le crime et la peine », « les perspectives juridiques autochtones », « la méthodologie sociojuridique » ou tout autre thème ayant trait à vos sujets particuliers de recherche. Les soumissions individuelles sont également les bienvenues.
Prière d’envoyer un bref extrait ou description de votre table-ronde, de votre suggestion de panel ou de votre contribution personnelle (250 mots maximum) à avant le 21 novembre 2014. Les contributions retenues seront présentées le samedi 17 janvier 2015. La réunion du conseil d’administration aura lieu le dimanche 18 janvier 2015. Veuillez noter que les conférenciers doivent être membres de l’ACDS. L’inscription à la conférence est gratuite.
En espérant vous voir en grand nombre en janvier.

Dear Members,

This is a general call for participation in the CLSA’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, which will take place at Concordia University’s downtown campus, in Montreal, Quebec, January 17-18, 2015. The Mid-Winter Meeting is a relatively small, informal gathering and a great way to connect with CLSA members from across the country and to get involved in the organization.  

The broad theme for this year is “Engaging Law: New Ideas in Socio-Legal Studies”.  Members are encouraged to organize round table discussions or panels around themes within socio-legal scholarship, including “law and religion”, “crime and punishment”, “indigenous legal perspectives”, “socio-legal methods”, “legal history” or any other research area that is of interest.  Individual submissions for paper presentations are also welcome.  

Please send a brief abstract or description of your roundtable, panel or individual paper (up to 250 words) to by November 21, 2014.  All accepted presentations will be given on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The board meeting will take place on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Note that all presenters must be members of the CLSA at the time of the conference. Registration for the conference is free.

We hope to see you in Montreal in January.

Free MOOC on Magna Carta and its legacy around the world

Students of constitutional history may be interested in a free MOOC (massive open online course)  being offered by Royal Hollway College, University of London, on Magna Carta and its legacy around the world (presumably including Canada.)

Here's a link:

Hat tip to Art Linton of Magna Carta Canada.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Call for Proposals: ACDS/CLSA annual meeting, Ottawa, June 3-5

Congress/ Congrès 2015
Call for Proposals
University of Ottawa, Ontario
June 3-5, 2015

The Canadian Law and Society Association welcomes proposals for our annual meeting to be held at Congress 2015 in Ottawa. In keeping with this year’s thematic focus on “Capital ideas” we invite proposals for papers, panels and other presentations that engage broadly with the concept of “capital” and its intersections with law and society.

This broad theme includes but is not limited to the following areas of inquiry:
·           capital markets: governance and regulation of/by; economic austerity; colonialism and the development of new Empires; risk and the encroachment of capitalist logics in seemingly non-economic legal relations; prison industrial complex
·           emotional capital: emotional labour and law; emotional equity; role of emotion in law; victimology
·           property as an organizing principle in law: Indigenous land claims; bodies and desires; commodification
·           moral capital: moral entrepreneurship; abolitionism (slavery, sex work); as a mode of governance
·           cultural capital: cultural and social reproduction; cultural knowledge and power; information technology and hegemony; objectification and embodiment
·           human capital: labour rights; transnational mobility; exploitation; knowledge production and economies
·           capital punishment: racial, gender and social bias; “humane” executions; wrongful convictions; cruel and unusual punishment

Proposals by may include but are not limited to:
-          Individual papers
-          Complete panels
-          Roundtables
-          Research workshops
-          Author meets readers sessions

All submissions must include: (1) a proposal of between 150-200 words for individual papers, (2) 2-4 keywords (3) a maximum 50-75 word bio that highlights institutional or community affiliation, research interests, current projects and/or publications. Proposals from graduate students are strongly encouraged.
If you are a graduate student who would like more information on the Graduate Student Workshop (date to be determined) please
For panel and roundtable proposals please include a 150-word description addressing the objectives of the entire panel and a 150-word abstract for each presenter/participant as well as each participant’s 50-75 word bio.

Please e-mail submissions and contact details to Lara Karaian at by November 20, 2014.  

We also invite expressions of interest for chairing panels.

L’association canadienne droit et société vous invite à soumettre vos contributions pour la prochaine rencontre annuelle qui aura lieu à Ottawa lors de la tenue de son prochain Congrès en 2015. Dans l’esprit de notre thème annuel ‘’Idées capital’’, nous vous invitons à soumettre toute proposition de communications, de panels ou de présentations qui s’engagent dans cette vaste réflexion portant sur la notion du ‘’capital’’, aux carrefours des questions de droit et de société.
Cette thématique générale inclut, sans se limiter, à ces différentes pistes de réflexion :
  • Les marchés financiers : ce qui les gouvernent et régulent, de même que ce qu’ils gouvernent et régulent eux-mêmes; l’austérité économique; le colonialisme et le développement des nouveaux empires économiques; l’empiètement qu’opèrent et les risques qu’importent les logiques capitalistes dans le domaine
  • Le capital émotionnel : le travail et le droit émotionnel; l’équité émotionnelle; le rôle de l’émotion en droit ; la victimologie
  • La propriété comme principe structurant du droit : les revendications territoriales des Autochtones; les corps et leurs (les) désirs; la commercialisation au sens large.
  • Le capital moral : l’entreprenariat moral; l’abolitionnisme (de l’esclavage, de la prostitution); comme mode de gouvernance.
  • Le capital culturel : la reproduction culturelle et sociale; le pouvoir et le savoir culturel; les technologies de l’information et la question de l’hégémonie; l’objectivation, l’objectification, la représentation et la personnification.
  • Le capital humain : les droits des travailleurs; la mobilité transnationale, l’exploitation; la production du savoir et des économies.
  • La peine capitale : la race, le genre et les biais sociaux ; aux exécutions et persécutions humaines; aux convictions injustifiées ou erronées ; aux châtiments cruels, injustes ou arbitraires.
Les propositions peuvent inclure, sans s’y limiter :
  • Des communications individuelles;
  • Des panels;
  • Des tables rondes;
  • Des ateliers de recherche;
  • Des sessions de discussion entre un auteur et son lectorat;
Toutes les soumissions doivent comprendre : (1) un résumé de 150-200 mots des articles individuels; (2) 2-4 mots clés pour identifier la proposition; (3) une biographie de 50-70 mots mettant en lumière vos engagements institutionnels et communautaires, vos intérêts de recherche, vos projets actuels et/ou vos publications. Les soumissions d’étudiants aux cycles supérieurs sont fortement encouragées.
Pour les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs qui souhaiteraient en savoir plus sur l’Atelier des étudiants aux cycles supérieurs (date à venir), veuillez nous contacter à l’adresse suivante :
Pour les propositions de panels et de tables rondes, veuillez inclure une description de 150-200 mots à propos des objectifs de la rencontre ainsi qu’un résumé de 150 mots de la contribution que chaque présentateurs/participants exposera, de même qu’une biographie de 50-75 mots pour chacun des participants.
Veuillez soumettre vos propositions et vos coordonnées complètes avant le 20 novembre 2014 à Lara Karaian à l’adresse suivante :
Nous vous invitons également nous communiquer tout intérêt pour la présidence et l’animation de panels.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Congratulations to Ubaka Ogbogu on defence of dissertation on Vaccination Law in Ontario and Nova Scotia, 1800-1924

Good news from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law via Twitter (UofA Faculty of Law @UofALawFaculty)  that Ubaka Ogbogu has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the U of T Faculty of Law on Vaccination and the Law in Ontario and Nova Scotia, 1800-1924.

Here's the notice:

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Law would like to offer its sincerest congratulations to our colleague Professor Ubaka Ogbogu for successfully defending his doctoral thesis at theUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Law in September, 2014. He will graduate with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree this Fall.
Professor Ogbogu’s doctoral dissertation, titled ‘Vaccination and the Law in Ontario and Nova Scotia (1800 – 1924)’ provides an original, comprehensive account of vaccination law and policy in nineteenth century Canada, encompassing the factors and ideologies that triggered and shaped the legal regulation of smallpox vaccination, the processes, design, content and outcomes of legal regulation, challenges associated with the implementation and enforcement of vaccination laws, and the influence or impact of broader social and political arrangements and norms. It also provides a firsthand account of why and to what extent mandatory approaches to vaccination were utilized in preventing the introduction and spread of smallpox, how such approaches were fashioned, and the reasons why they succeeded or failed to achieve stated regulatory aims.
According to Professor Ogbogu, “the issue of whether governments can justifiably require individuals to get vaccinated for the sake of protecting public health has always been and remains one of the most divisive social and regulatory issues in Canada and many other countries around the world.” He adds: “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study on the issue, and I look forward to applying the knowledge and skills gained from the doctorate to enriching the academic lives of our students and everyone at U of A Law.”
Ubaka Ogbogu is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed to the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. He teaches Torts, Law and Medicine, Pharmacy Law and Ethics and the Health Law Moot Program. His research interests are in health law, public health law, science and health policy studies, law, bioethics and biomedicine, legal history of public health and health care in Canada and the law of torts (with a special focus on medical malpractice and health care torts). He is particularly interested in the points of confrontation between ethics, morality, economics and law, particularly in relation to the governance of novel and controversial health care technologies. Professor Ogbogu holds a research appointment as the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy and he is a member of the Faculty’s Health Law Institute.
Professor Ogbogu would like to thank the members of his dissertation committee, including Professors Trudo Lemmens (Toronto, co-supervisor), Jim Phillips (Toronto, co-supervisor), Philip Girard (Osgoode, external), Angela Fernandez (Toronto, internal-external), Martin Friedland (Toronto, internal-external) and Angela Miles (Toronto, Chair). He would also like to thank Sarah Hamill, Maeghan Toews, Adam Ollenberger, Carmelita Robertson and the wonderful staff at the Archives of Nova Scotia, Archives of Ontario, Argyle Township Court House Archives and the Halifax Regional Municipality Archives for research and editorial assistance, and colleagues at the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy and at the Health Law Institute for support and advice during his doctoral studies. Finally, Professor Ogbogu would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for their never-ending support and encouragement.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Call for Papers: The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction, at McGill, June 2015

English follows:
« Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste
dans une juridiction mixte »

La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte ».
Les juridictions mixtes, comme elles sont traditionnellement perçues, se situent à l’intersection de la tradition de la Common law et de la tradition civiliste. Elles comprennent souvent d’autres droits, comme le droit ethnique  ou le droit religieux. Riches du point de vue de l’histoire du droit et du pluralisme juridique, elles sont souvent vues comme des laboratoires naturels de droit comparé.
Les lois, les méthodes et les institutions des juridictions mixtes reflètent inévitablement la présence de différentes traditions rivalisant pour la suprématie ou demandant la réconciliation. La complexité accrue des juridictions mixtes donne lieu à des exigences particulières pour la formation des juges, des juristes et du personnel des tribunaux, l’enseignement du droit privé, la recherche scientifique et la réforme du droit. Dans quelle mesure ces défis ont-ils été relevés par les parties prenantes des juridictions mixtes?
Nous proposons d’explorer ces questions.
Nous accepterons les propositions de textes sur tout sujet apparenté au droit des juridictions mixtes. Elles pourront être soumises par des juristes de toute juridiction, qu’ils soient membres de l’Association ou non. Les propositions devront être envoyées au secrétaire général du WSMJJ, Seán Patrick Donlan ( d’ici le 15 octobre 2014. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots et doivent être accompagnées d’un curriculum vitae d’une page. Le temps alloué pour la présentation des textes ne dépassera pas 20 minutes. La publication des textes présentés à la conférence sera envisagée.
L’Association regrette de ne pas pouvoir couvrir les frais de déplacement des participants au Congrès.
Veuillez prendre la date en note.
The Fourth Worldwide Congress
of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists
McGill University Faculty of Law,
 Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015

 “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”
The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce a Fourth Worldwide Congress to be held at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (Montreal, Canada) from an opening evening reception and lecture on 24 June through 26 June 2015. The theme of the Congress will be “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction.”
Mixed Jurisdictions, as they are traditionally understood, stand at the crossroads of the Common law and Civil law. They also frequently encompass other ethnic and religious laws. Rich in legal history and complex pluralism, they are often seen as natural laboratories of comparative law.
The laws, methods, and institutions of mixed jurisdictions are inevitably affected by the influence and presence of different traditions vying for supremacy or requiring reconciliation. Their added complexity places special demands upon the training of judges and jurists, the staffing of courts, the teaching of private law, the research of scholars, and the task of law reform. To what extent have these challenges been met by the actors and institutions of mixed jurisdictions?
We propose to investigate these issues.
Proposals for papers on any topic related to mixed legal systems are welcome. They may be submitted by jurists from any jurisdiction, and by members and non-members of the Society alike. Proposals should be submitted to WSMJJ General Secretary Seán Patrick Donlan ( by 15 October 2014. They should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of one page only. The time allocated for delivery of papers will be no longer than 20 minutes. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication.
The Society regrets that it cannot cover travel expenses of participants in the Congress.
Please reserve the date.