Canadian State Trials Volume 5: Call for Expressions of Interest and/or Chapter Proposals

Tue, 2018-06-26 15:04 -- manager

Editors Susan Binnie, Eric Tucker and Barry Wright have commenced planning for the fifth volume of the Canadian State Trials series and invite expressions of interest and proposals for chapter contributions.

The planned Canadian State Trials Volume 5 will examine Canadian political trials, national security measures and related legal developments and proceedings for the period c.1939 to the 1980s or early 90s. As with the previous volumes we seek scholarly studies that balance historical and legal analyses. Context for these studies may include a comparative perspective that refers to other jurisdictions.  Collaborative work is welcome.

We anticipate that the volume will include chapters on the following topics or related matters:

  • The administration of the War Measures Act and military justice in the Second World War (e.g., the registration of ‘enemy aliens,’ suspension of habeas corpus and internments, deportation, war-time trials, post war discriminatory measures and labour regulation).
  • The Cold War (e.g., Gouzenko Affair, Kellock-Taschereau Royal Commission, Official Secrets Act and related trials; Emergency Powers Act 1951; Criminal Code amendments to espionage and political offences). 
  • Organized labour and resort to political policing and criminal proceedings (e.g., anti-Communist purges in the 1950’s; injunctions and contempt proceedings in the 1950’s and 1960’s).
  • Indigenous assertion of rights and resistance to continuing Canadian state impingement (e.g., cases around hunting rights, treaty violations, repressive responses and compromise of procedural rights).
  • National unity and the Felquiste (Front de Libération du Québec) trials, 1962-72.
  • Aftermath of the October Crisis, 1970 and the McDonald Royal Commission.

We welcome expressions of interest in possible contributions on the above topics and related matters. Please contact us by 15 September 2018 (swsbinnie@gmail.com, etucker@yorku.ca, barry.wright@carleton.ca), with a brief description of your background (research experience and qualifications) and a proposal of no more than one page. We will review these submissions, finalize the volume contents, and follow up with all those who have contacted us shortly after that time. Selected contributors will be provided with more detailed guidelines and asked to complete a chapter draft of 10-12,000 words by August 2019.