2007-08 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History

Criminal Justice in the British Atlantic World, 1500-1850

Organized by Bruce Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Author-Meets Readers Session 1

Andrea McKenzie, Tyburn’s Martyrs: Execution in England, 1675-1775, (Hambledon, 2007)

Reader 1: Randall McGowen, University of Oregon
Reader 2: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles
Response: Andrea McKenzie, University of Victoria

Panel I: Capital Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England and America

“Recasting the Theatre of Execution: The Abolition of the Tyburn Ritual”
Simon Devereaux, University of Victoria

“Class and Capital Punishment in Early Urban America”
Gabriele Gottlieb, Grand Valley State University

Panel II: Adversary Criminal Trial and Its Alternatives

“Why Not Defence Counsel?”
Tom Gallanis, University of Minnesota

“Explaining Summary Jurisdiction”
Bruce Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Author-Meets-Readers Session 2

Donald Fyson, Magistrates, Police, and People: Everyday Criminal Justice in Quebec and Lower Canada, 1764-1837 (University of Toronto Press, 2006)
Reader 1: Paul Craven, York University
Reader 2: Greg Smith, University of Manitoba
Response: Donald Fyson, Université Laval