BA and MA (Toronto), PhD (Warwick)
|Current Position:||Professor in Law and History
(with Paul Craven), eds., Masters, Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), a volume in Studies in Legal History, the series of the American Society for Legal History, 591pp. Joint author chap 1 (1-58), sole author chap 2 (59-116).
Biographies of the high court judges Lloyd Kenyon CJKB, William Ashhurst JKB, James Eyre CJCP, Simon LeBlanc JKB for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (60 vols., Oxford University Press, 2004).
“The Courts of Westminster Hall in the Eighteenth Century,” in Philip Girard, Jim Phillips and Barry Cahill, eds., The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 1754-12004: From Imperial bastion to Provincial Oracle (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and University of Toronto Press, 2004), 13-29.
“Legislation, Magistrates, and Judges: High Law and Low Law in England and the Empire,” in David Lemmings, ed., The British and Their Laws in the Eighteenth Century (London: Boydell and Brewer, 2005), 59-79.
“Women, Men, and Empires of Law” [review essay], Journal of British Studies , vol. 44 no.1 (January 2005), 204-212.
|Papers / Lectures:||
“Masters, magistrates, commanders and coercion in Britain and the Empire”, Northeast Conference on British Studies conference, Montreal, 1 October 2004
"The Law of master and servant in eighteenth-century Scotland”, Toronto Legal History Seminar, 10 March 2005, and Scottish Studies Seminar, Department of History, University of Guelph, 14 March 2005
“Legal and Criminal Lives in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography”, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, University of Western Ontario, London, 31 May 2005
|Courses taught recently:||GS LAW 6781.06 Issues
in Criminal Law: History, Evolution and Theoretical Approaches (a
course in the Professional Development Program, Osgoode Hall Law
GS LAW 6601.03/GS HIST 6060.03 Western Legal Histories (cross-listed)
Graduate history reading courses in English legal history
HIST 3415.06 Law, Property and Freedom in Britain and the Empire
LW 2750.03 Law and Social Change In an Age of Freedom of Contract
LW 2595.03 History of Canadian Law
|Research Interests:||Legal and social history
of the judiciary and central courts of England, 1701-1820; English
criminal law in the same period; enforcement and evolution of the
contract of employment (master and servant) in England, Scotland
and Ireland to 1875; magistrates and summary justice; the English
court of King’s Bench. I have in the past worked on the pre-Confederation
history of the criminal law of Quebec.
Osgoode Hall Law
School Research Fellowship (one term)