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The Charter Debates: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81 and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
The Charter Debates: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81 and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
By Adam M. Dodek

Presenting key moments from the transcripts, carefully selected and contextualized, The Charter Debates is a one-of-a-kind resource for scholars, students, and general readers interested in the Charter and its impact on constitutional politics in Canada.

Available Jan 2018
Spying on Canadians: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service and the Origins of the Long Cold War
Spying on Canadians: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service and the Origins of the Long Cold War
By Gregory S. Kealey

Award winning author Gregory S. Kealey’s study of Canada’s security and intelligence community before the end of World War II depicts a nation caught up in the Red Scare in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution and tangled up with the imperial interests of first the United Kingdom and then the United States.

Published Mar 2017
Staging the Trials of Modernism: Testimony and the British Modern Literary Consciousness
Staging the Trials of Modernism: Testimony and the British Modern Literary Consciousness
By Dale Barleben

In Staging the Trials of Modernism, Dale Barleben explores the interactions among literature, cultural studies, and the law through detailed analyses of select British modern writers including Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce

Published Jan 2017
The Politics of Law in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
The Politics of Law in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Edited by Lawrin Armstrong and Julius Kirshner
Foreword by Lauro Martines
Essays by leading historians examine the professional, social, and political functions of Italian jurists from the thirteenth to the late fifteenth centuries.
Published Dec 2016
A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario. 1921-2015
A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario. 1921-2015
By Lori Chambers

Lori Chambers’ fascinating study explores the legal history of adoption in Ontario since the passage of the first statute in 1921.

Published Oct 2016
Borderline Crime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914
Borderline Crime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914
By Bradley Miller

Borderline Crime examines how law reacted to the challenge of the border in British North America and post-Confederation Canada.Miller also reveals how the law remained confused, amorphous, and often ineffectual at confronting the threat of the border to the rule of law.

Published Oct 2016
Law, Debt, and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of 18th Century Halifax
Law, Debt, and Merchant Power: The Civil Courts of 18th Century Halifax
By James Muir

In the early history of Halifax (1749-1766), debt litigation was extremely common. In Law, Debt, and Merchant Power, James Muir offers an extensive analysis of the civil cases of the time as well as the reasons behind their frequency.

Published Sep 2016
The Capacity To Judge: Public Opinion and Deliberative Democracy in Upper Canada,1791-1854
The Capacity To Judge: Public Opinion and Deliberative Democracy in Upper Canada,1791-1854
By Jeffrey L. McNairn

Arguing that voluntary associations and the press created a reading public capable of reasoning on matters of state, McNairn traces the emergence of 'public opinion' as a new form of authority in mid-19th century Upper Canada.

Published Sep 2016
The Idea of a Moral Economy: Gerard of Siena on Usury, Restitution, and Prescription
The Idea of a Moral Economy: Gerard of Siena on Usury, Restitution, and Prescription
By Lawrin Armstrong

The Idea of a Moral Economy is the first modern edition and English translation of three questions disputed at the University of Paris in 1330 by the theologian Gerard of Siena.

Published Apr 2016
Canadian State Trials, Volume IV
Canadian State Trials, Volume IV
Edited by Barry Wright, Eric Tucker, and Susan Binnie

The fourth volume in the Canadian State Trials series examines the legal issues surrounding perceived security threats and the repression of dissent from the outset of World War One through the Great Depression.

Published Nov 2015