Dalhousie Law Journal


legal research, Canada, Osgoode Society, Essays in the History of Canadian Law, legal profession, criminal law, geography, legal history


The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History has played a vital role in encouraging legal history research in Canada, and one of its most important programs has been the Essays in the History of Canadian Law series. Canada lacks a legal history journal, but since 1981 the Osgoode Society has provided an opportunity for scholars to publish their work in one of its collections. Two Islands is the ninth such edited volume by the Osgoode Society that bears the title Essays in the History of Canadian Law. The first two volumes, published in 1981 and 1983, were general collections containing articles that ranged over various periods, but which generally focused on developments in Quebec in Ontario. Since 1983, the content of the volumes have been determined by thematic or geographic concerns, or by a desire to honour leading Canadian legal historians. Thematic volumes include two collections on the legal profession -and one on the criminal law. Volumes with a geographic theme have tackled developments in Nova Scotia and British Columbia and the Yukon, and a future volume is planned on pre-Confederation Quebec and Ontario. The Osgoode Society has also published collections in honour of two leading scholars in the field, the retired R.C.B. Risk, and the deceased long-time editor-in-chief of the society, Peter Oliver. Two Islands is another of the geographically-focused collections, providing a forum to draw together the small group of scholars working on the legal histories of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.