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Musings and Silences of Chief Justice William Osgoode: Digest Marginalia about the Reception of Imperial Law

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 54(3), Forthcoming

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 46/2017

28 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017  

Blaine Baker

McGill University

Date Written: June 15, 2017

Abstract

This essay focuses on musings and silences in the margins of Canadian Chief Justice William Osgoode's late-eighteenth-century law library, to understand the role he assigned to Westminster-based imperial law in the transmission of 'British justice' to the colonies. It concludes that role was limited, mostly by Osgoode's greater commitment of time and energy to legislative and executive branches of government than to the judiciary, and by his sometimes cavalier impatience with English courts and legal commentators.

Keywords: Canadian Legal History, History of Books, British Colonial State Structure, and Colonial Reception of Imperial Laws

JEL Classification: B00, B31, B41, B49, K00, K10, K190, N4, N400

Suggested Citation

Baker, Blaine, Musings and Silences of Chief Justice William Osgoode: Digest Marginalia about the Reception of Imperial Law (June 15, 2017). Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 54(3), Forthcoming; Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 46/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2987288

Blaine Baker (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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