Thursday, May 12, 2022

Baldwin and LaFontaine symposia

When an elegant Montreal court building designed by Ernest Cormier became surplus to requirements,  the Fondation LaFontaine-Cormier (for the architect and for the former Chief Justice of Quebec, Louis-Hyppolite LaFontaine) emerged to guide the building's future. One offshoot of the Foundation was a plan to mark the 175th anniversary of responsible government with a symposium on that topic in Montreal. The Osgoode Society for Legal History became involved, and the upshot is a two-part symposium, one in Montreal honouring LaFontaine, one in Toronto honouring Robert Baldwin, both to be held in the spring of 2023.  

Calls for papers are now going out.  Here's the one from the Osgoode Society:

14 April and May 6, 2023. Two symposia on Baldwin, LaFontaine and Responsible Government.

The first symposium will be held in Montreal, at the Ernest Cormier Building, the second in Toronto, location TBA. A collaboration of the Fondation LaFontaine-Cormier and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

If you are interested in contributing to the Montreal symposium please send your proposal to If you are interested in contributing to the Toronto symposium please send your proposal to Jim Phillips at All paper proposals must include a 250-word abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae (or brief biography). Proposals should be received by May 30, 2022.

A proposal to have John Ralston Saul give the keynote in Toronto seems to have been aborted, most unwisely in my opinion, but.... 


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