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Conference: Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History

Canadian legal historians will convene in over two days this July. Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History will feature historians from across Canada and around the world in an exploration of the new approaches to Canadian legal history. The conference, hosted by the faculties of Arts and Law, will feature both established and emerging scholars.

The conference was conceived by Lyndsay Campbell (History and Law) and Ted McCoy (Sociology) who hope to create an opportunity for reflection on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The conference will forge links among institutions and across linguistic, historiographical and disciplinary divides, in order to rethink assumptions and develop new questions and directions. Bilingual panels will include new research on children and the family, First Nations and Indigenous law, Confederation, Crime and Punishment, Sexuality, and Race.

The conference is generously supported by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, with additional funding provided the the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, the History Department at St. Mary’s University (Halifax), and the Vice-President Research, Faculties of Law and Arts, and Departments of Sociology and History at the University of Calgary.

For more information For more information, see or contact Dr. Lyndsay Campbell (