The LLDRL in the classroom: "You Shall Have the Body: Slavery, Property Rights and Resistance"

Integrating conversations about Slavery and the Law into the mandatory curriculum at McGill Law.

As part of continued teaching initiatives on Slavery and the Law at the Faculty of Law (initially fostered via a 2016-2017 specialized seminar by Professor Adelle Blackett), the LLDRL will be hosting a lecture by Professor Barrington Walker on slavery, property rights and resistance in Canada. This lecture will take place on September 12th, 2017 from 14h30 to 16h00 in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Room at the Faculty of Law at McGill University during a special plenary in the 2L Property Law course. Though the event is mandatory for all second-year law students enrolled in this course, the event is open to the public. 

Professor Zietlow's lecture will trace the history and theory behind the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the amendment abolishing slavery, and its impact on civil rights and workers' rights in the United States.

This event is co-sponsored by the LLDRL and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development. 

About Professor Walker 

Dr. Barrington Walker is a Professor in the History Department at Queen's University. His teaching and research foci are on the histories of Blacks, race immigration and the law. His work seeks to illuminate the contours of Canadian modernity by exploring Canada's emergence as a racial state through its histories of white supremacy, slavery, colonization/immigration, segregation and Jim Crowism. Professor Walker is concerned with the ways these practices were legitimized, and in some instances contested, by the rule of law and legal institutions.

Professor Walker is the author of Race On Trial: Black Defendants in Ontario's Criminal Courts (University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2010) which was shortlisted for the Ontario Legislature Speaker's Book Award for 2012. He has also edited two collections: The African Canadian Legal Odyssey: Historical Essays (University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012) and The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 2008). He is currently working on two books. The first is a general history of race, immigration and colonization in Canada and the second is a study of the phenomenology of Blackness and violence in Canada's urban landscape.

Attending the lecture 

Students not enrolled in this class, faculty members and members of the public must confirm their attendance by writing to [at] by September 10th, 2017. Additional information about the lecture is also made available on our social media pages.

Teaching Slavery and the Law at McGill 

To learn more about the initiative that started it all, please consult the "Digging Deeper" column on our "Courses" page. We also invite you to read Professor Adelle Blackett's reflections on teaching Critical Race Theory and Slavery and the Law at McGill University's Faculty of Law. 


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