BA, MA (Toronto), PhD (Warwick), (cross-appointed with the Faculty of Arts)
Professor Douglas Hay has been cross-appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School and York's Department of History since 1981, teaching the comparative history of criminal procedure, punishment, and crime, and the history of private law in the common law world. He is co-director of a continuing international project on the evolution of the contract of employment (Hay and Craven, Masters, Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955 (2004) and other titles.) Recent work includes the history of the English high court's criminal jurisdiction (Crown Side Cases in the Court of King's Bench, 2010), and Professor Hay is presently writing about the administration of the criminal law in Georgian England. He has published on the history of English and Quebec criminal law; comparative history of criminal procedure; social history of crime; judicial biography; courts and their political significance; and the history of employment law. He has been a visitor at Yale, Warwick, and Columbia law schools, and has been on the boards of the Canadian Historical Review, Law and History Review, the Law and Society Association, and the American Society for Legal History.
Research Interests: Comparative Law, Legal History, Criminal Law, Labour and Employment Law