Osgoode Society to honour four legal scholars

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will honour four scholars, recognizing the recent contributions they have made to furthering Canadians’ understanding of the country's legal history.

Osgoode Society to honour four legal scholars
Anna Jarvis

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will honour four scholars, recognizing the recent contributions they have made to furthering Canadians’ understanding of the country's legal history.

At a ceremony to be held during the society’s annual meeting on June 19, Anna Jarvis and Filippo Sposini will receive the R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Canadian Legal History. 

Jarvis is a PhD student in the history department at York University, who is working on the life and times of Edward Jarvis, chief justice of Prince Edward Island from 1828 to 1852. Sposini is a PhD student in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto, who is working on the law and practice of civil confinement for insanity in 19th-century Canada. 

The fellowship was created following the retirement of former chief justice McMurtry in 2007. It honours his various contributions to Canadian legal history as the province's chief justice, attorney general and founder and current president of the Osgoode Society.

Meanwhile, Suzanne Chiodo will receive the Peter Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History, which was established in 2006 to honour the late professor Peter Oliver, the Osgoode Society's founding editor-in-chief. The prize is awarded annually for a student's published journal article, book chapter or book about Canadian legal history.

Chiodo, a PhD student at Oxford University, won for her book The Class Actions Controversy: The Origins and Development of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, published by Irwin Law.

The annual meeting will also feature a talk by Harry Arthurs on his forthcoming book, to be published by the Osgoode Society and McGill-Queen's University Press — Connecting the Dots: The Life of an Academic Lawyer.

“We applaud the award recipients for enriching Canadians' understanding of the country's legal history,” Prof. Jim Phillips, editor-in-chief of the Osgoode Society, said in a statement. “Through their work, this year's award recipients have helped promote the public's interest in the history of law and the legal profession.”

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