Essays in the History of Canadian Law

Works in this series are designed to illustrate the diverse possibilities for research and writing in Canadian legal history. In combination, these volumes reflect the ecumenical scope of legal history as an intellectual enterprise and invite continued inquiry into all aspects of our judicial past. Topics explored include the evolution of divorce law, conditions in the penal system, women’s rights, definitions of private property, vagrancy laws in Halifax, the administration of waterways, aboriginal title, political corruption, the origins of workers’ compensation in Ontario, and the role of courts in the “wild west” of British Columbia and the Yukon in the early days of British sovereignty.


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Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Nova Scotia
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Nova Scotia
Edited by Philip Girard and Jim Phillips

This third volume of Essays in the History of Canadian Law presents thoroughly researched, original essays in Nova Scotian legal history.

Published Oct 2011
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume II
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume II
Edited by David H. Flaherty

This volume is the second in the Essays in the History of Canadian Law series, designed to illustrate the wide possibilities for research and writing in Canadian legal history.

Published Oct 2011
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: A Tribute to Peter N. Oliver
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: A Tribute to Peter N. Oliver
Edited by Jim Phillips, Roy McMurtry, and John T. Saywell

Covering a broad range of topics, this volume examines developments over the last two hundred years in the legal profession and the judiciary, nineteenth-century prison history, as well as the impact of the 1815 Treaty of Paris.

Published Sep 2008
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Two Islands, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Two Islands, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island
By Christopher English

This volume, which includes a number of essays examining women's legal status and access to the courts, is a comprehensive and fascinating examination of legal history in two Canadian provinces.

Published Dec 2005
Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume VI: The Legal History of British Columbia and the Yukon
Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume VI: The Legal History of British Columbia and the Yukon
Edited by Hamar Foster and John McLaren

These essays look at key social, economic, and political issues of the times and show how they influenced the developing legal system.

Published Dec 1995
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Crime and Criminal Justice in Canadian History
Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Crime and Criminal Justice in Canadian History
By Susan Lewthwaite, Tina Loo, and Jim Phillips

The volume covers criminal justice history at various times in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. It is a study which opens up greater vistas of understanding to all those interested in the interstices of law, crime, and punishment.

Published Nov 1994