Upcoming Conferences


2016 ASLH Annual Meeting – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Society will have its 2016 annual meeting in Toronto, Canada from Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, 2016.  The Preliminary Program is now available. Lauren Benton, Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Chair in History at Vanderbilt University, will be delivering the Plenary Lecture entitled “Legal Panics and the Constitution of Empire.”

The meeting site will be the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, directly across the street from Union Station. The guest room rate is C$199 per night, and hotel registrations can be made via the link provided with your meeting registration receipt. It will be emailed to you after registering for the meeting. The registration fee is substantially discounted for ASLH members.  If you are not yet a member or have let your membership lapse, please join or renew your ASLH membership before registering for the annual meeting.  You can join or renew your ASLH membership here.  Annual Meeting registration is available on the registration page. If you are not a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant and require a visa to enter Canada, please email the Treasurer to receive a Canada Border Services Agency letter that will facilitate your securement of a visa.


UP Express Train

UP Express Group Rate for the ASLH Annual Meeting 2016

The best means of transportation between Pearson International Airport and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel is to take the new light-rail line called the Union Pearson Express (“UP Express”). The terminus of the line is Union Station, which is directly across from the meeting hotel. The UP Express depart every 15 minutes and the journey takes just 25 minutes. The first train departs Pearson Station at 05:27 and the last train departs at 00:57.  The UP Pearson Station is located right beside the blue Link Train at Terminal 1, connecting travellers to Terminal 3. UP Express tickets may be purchased from an UP Express Guest Services Representative at UP Pearson Station at time of travel for only $9.00 CDN (credit card only) for a one-way adult fare when you show confirmation of ASLH meeting registration (print or digital).  Your ticket to return to Pearson Airport can be purchased at UP Express Union Station at time of travel (meeting registration confirmation required).  Alternatively, you can purchase tickets in advance online or by using the UP Mobile App, but regular rates apply.

The Society welcomes exhibitors at its annual meeting, and exhibitors can find additional information and reserve space on the exhibitor’s registration page.

The Society also welcomes advertisements in its meeting program, and advertisers can find additional information and reserve program space on the advertiser’s registration page.


Pre-conference Digital History Workshop

On 27 October 2016, a one-day pre-conference workshop will be held at the downtown campus of Osgoode Hall Law School to increase awareness of digital legal history, and encourage discussion of how digital methods and technologies can be used to analyze and present the legal past, and of new initiatives to undertake such projects. The workshop combines an extended showcase of four projects that each employs a different approach — O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law and FamilyThe Lawyers’ Code: Tracking the Migration and Influence of the Field CodeDigital Harlem; and Voices of Authority: the Old Bailey Courtroom — and a set of hands-on workshops offering a beginner-level introduction to the methods used in those projects. The workshop is free and open to ASLH members. The pre-conference will be held at 1 Dundas Street West, 26th floor at the Osgoode Professional Development campus. No experience in digital history is required. Registration is required as the workshop can only accommodate 60 participants. To register, select here.

For questions about the workshop, proceed to its website.


Host an ASLH Conference

The American Society for Legal History’s Annual Meetings Committee solicits volunteers from the Society’s friends to serve as local arrangements chair for the Society’s future Annual Meetings. Interesting venues, affordable hotel rates and reasonable funding support for meeting events are highly favored in site selection. Contact the committee’s chair, Craig Joyce of the University of Houston Law Center at <email>.