The collection represents a rich array of interdisciplinary expertise, with authors who are law professors, historians, sociologists and criminologists. Their essays include studies into the lives of judges and lawyers, rape victims, prostitutes, religious sect leaders, and common criminals. The geographic scope touches Canada, the United States and Australia. The essays explore how one individual, or small self-identified groups, were able to make a difference in how law was understood, applied, and interpreted. They also probe the degree to which locale and location influenced legal culture history.
About the authors
Jonathan Swainger is Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia and co-editor, with Constance Backhouse, of People and Place: Historical Influences on Legal Culture, also published by UBC Press.
Constance Backhouse is a professor of law, distinguished university professor, and university research chair at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Manitoba (1972), her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall (1975), and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1979). She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. She teaches feminist law, criminal law, human rights, and labour law. She is the author of many award-winning legal history books, including Petticoats & Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada (1991), Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canadian Law, 1900–1950 (1999) and The Heiress vs. the Establishment: Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice (2004). She received the Law Society Medal in 1998 and an Honorary Doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002. She has served as an elected bencher of the Law Society from 2002. She became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004.
Other titles by Jonathan Swainger
Other titles by Constance Backhouse
Reckoning with Racism
Police, Judges, and the RDS Case
The Royal Society of Canada and Indigenous Peoples
Deux grandes dames: Bertha Wilson et Claire L’Heureux-Dubé à la Cour suprême du Canada
Les deux premières femmes à la Cour suprême du Canada
Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada
Petticoats and Prejudice - Women's Press Classics
Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada
14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions
The Heiress vs the Establishment
Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice
De la couleur des lois
Une histoire juridique du racisme au Canada entre 1900 et 1950
Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975