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Eric H. Reiter, PhD

Professor, History

Eric H. Reiter, PhD
Office: S-LB 1041-03 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2412

My research and teaching focus on historical and comparative aspects of law in Quebec, Canada, and beyond. My recent book, Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870-1920 (University of Toronto Press and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2019), was awarded the 2020 Canadian Historical Association Prize for the Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History. I recently began a new project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, on litigation involving fatal accidents in nineteenth-century Quebec.
I am currently co-editor-in-chief for English manuscripts of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.


BA Cornell; MA, PhD Toronto; LLB, BCL, LLM McGill; member (retired) of the Barreau du Québec

Teaching activities

On sabbatical leave, 2020-2021


Representative publications

Reiter, Eric H. Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870-1950 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2019).  

Reiter, Eric H. “Family Defamation in the Quebec Civil Courts: The View from the Archives” in Lyndsay Campbell, Ted McCoy and Mélanie Méthot, eds., Canada’s Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2020), 11-29.

Reiter, Eric H. “Cultures of Conflict: Welcoming and Resisting ‘Non-Western’ Influence in Alternative Dispute Resolution” in René Provost, ed., Culture in the Domains of Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 223-246.

Reiter, Eric H. “Tools of the Trade: Three Propositions on Governance,” in Richard Janda, Rosalie Jukier and Daniel Jutras, eds., The Unbounded Level of the Mind: Rod Macdonald’s Legal Imagination (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), 155-160.

Reiter, Eric H. “Translating the Untranslatable: Historical Aspects of the Protection of Honour and Other Extrapatrimonial Interests in Quebec Civil Law” in Alexandra Popovici, Lionel Smith & Régine Tremblay, eds., Les intraduisibles du droit civil (Montreal: Thémis, 2014), 157-184.

Reiter, Eric H. “From Shaved Horses to Aggressive Churchwardens: Social and Legal Aspects of Moral Injury in Lower Canada” in G. Blaine Baker & Donald Fyson, eds., Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Quebec and the Canadas (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2013), 460-502.

Otis, Louise, Catherine Rousseau-Saine and Eric H. Reiter. “Confidentiality and Judicial Mediation in Canada” in Tania Sourdin and Archie Zariski, eds., The Multi-Tasking Judge: Comparative Judicial Dispute Resolution (Sydney, Australia: Thomson Reuters, 2013) 183-201.

Reiter, Eric H. “Nuisance and Neighbourhood in Late Nineteenth-Century Montreal: Drysdale v. Dugas in Its Contexts” in Eric Tucker, James Muir & Bruce Ziff, eds., Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012), 35-69.

Otis, Louise & Eric H. Reiter. “The Reform of the United Nations Administration of Justice System: The United Nations Appeals Tribunal After One Year,” Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 10 (2011): 405-428, online:

Reiter, Eric H. “Fact, Narrative, and the Judicial Uses of History: Delgamuukw and Beyond,” Indigenous Law Journal 8 (2010): 55-79.

Reiter, Eric H. “Privacy and the Charter: Protection of People or Places?” Canadian Bar Review 88 (2009): 119-146, online:

Reiter, Eric H. “Rethinking Civil-Law Taxonomy: Persons, Things, and the Problem of Domat’s Monster,” Journal of Civil Law Studies 1 (2008): 189-213, online:

Reiter,Eric H. “Gaius, le droit des personnes et la common law anglo-américaine” in Jacques Bouineau, ed., Personne et res publica, vol. 2 (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2008) 163-174.

Otis, Louise & Eric H. Reiter. “Front-Line Justice,” Virginia Journal of International Law 46 (2006): 677-716, online:

Otis, Louise & Eric H. Reiter. “Mediation by Judges: A New Phenomenon in the Transformation of Justice,” Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal 6 (2006): 351-403.

Otis, Louise and Eric H. Reiter. “Judicial Mediation in Quebec” in Nadja Alexander, ed., Global Trends in Mediation, 2d ed. (Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2006) 107-119.

Reiter, Eric H. “Imported Books, Imported Ideas: Reading European Jurisprudence in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Quebec,” Law and History Review 22 (2004): 445-492.

Reiter, Eric H. “Personality and Patrimony: Comparative Perspectives on the Right to One’s Image,” Tulane Law Review 76 (2002): 673-726.

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