Concordia University



Eric H. Reiter, PhD

Associate Professor, History

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 and ongoing work is on how emotions were narrated and litigated before the Quebec courts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am also involved in a multi-year project on families, law, and justice in Quebec from 1840 to 1920 (with Peter Gossage, Don Fyson and Thierry Nootens).
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

Fall 2019 Courses:
Introduction to Law and Society (ANTH-HIST-POLI-SOCI 285)
Crime and Punishment in Canadian History (HIST 339)

Winter 2020 Courses:
Rights and Freedoms in Canadian Society (HIST 315)


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. “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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