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Working towards Equity: Disability Rights Activism and employment in Late-Twentieth-Century Canada
Working towards Equity: Disability Rights Activism and employment in Late-Twentieth-Century Canada
By Dustin Galer

In Working towards Equity, Dustin Galer argues that paid work significantly shaped the experience of disability during the late twentieth century.

Available Feb 2018
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
The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
Robert J. Sharpe and Patricia I. McMahon

The Persons Case is a comprehensive study of this important event, examining the case itself, the ruling of the Privy Council, and the profound affect that it had on women's rights and the constitutional history of Canada.

Published Jun 2017
The Trial of Tempel Anneke: Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663, Second Edition
The Trial of Tempel Anneke: Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663, Second Edition
By Peter A. Morton
Translated by Barbara Dähms
The Trial of Tempel Anneke examines documents from an early modern European witchcraft trial with the pedagogical goal of allowing students to interact directly with primary sources.
Published Jan 2017
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
Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers from Tarascon
Two Medieval Occitan Toll Registers from Tarascon
By William D. Paden

Two Medieval Toll Registers from Tarascon presents an edition, translation, and discussion of two vernacular toll registers from fourteenth and fifteenth-century Provence. 

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