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Constance Backhouse

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.

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Carnal Crimes

Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975
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Challenging Times

Challenging Times

The Women's Movement in Canada and the United States
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Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

A Life
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Colour-Coded

Colour-Coded

A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950
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De la couleur des lois

De la couleur des lois

Une histoire juridique du racisme au Canada entre 1900 et 1950
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Deux grandes dames: Bertha Wilson et Claire L’Heureux-Dubé à la Cour suprême du Canada
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“Two women sat quietly together around a side table in a sparsely furnished office in the Supreme Court of Canada. Wilson had been appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982, the first woman in the Ottawa court’s 107-year history. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé followed in 1987. The two were reflecting upon what it meant to set toe in the sacrosanct circle restricted for generations to men. “We have to prove ourselves every time,” L’Heureux-Dubé remembered Wilson saying, “even at this court.” It was not a false warning, as time would soon tell.”

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Petticoats and Prejudice

Petticoats and Prejudice

Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada
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The Heiress vs the Establishment

The Heiress vs the Establishment

Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice
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Two Firsts

Two Firsts

Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada
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People and Place

People and Place

Historical Influences on Legal Culture
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Royally Wronged

Royally Wronged

The Royal Society of Canada and Indigenous Peoples
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The Laskin Legacy

The Laskin Legacy

Essays in Commemoration of Chief Justice Bora Laskin
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The Promise and Perils of Law

The Promise and Perils of Law

Lawyers in Canadian History
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