Faculty & staff




Associate Professor




Sabattical - June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014




Eric H. Reiter



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

Brief Academic Biography

My research and teaching focus on historical and comparative aspects of law in Quebec, Canada, and beyond. I am currently working on a study of the ways in which intangibles like honour, propriety, grief and other values were narrated and litigated before the Quebec courts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have also published recently on neighbourhood conflicts in nineteenth-century Montreal, on conflict resolution, on transitional justice, on privacy law, and on the uses of history in Aboriginal rights litigation.

Representative Publications

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

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), 460-502.

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: Irwin Law for 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: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/36152/.

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.

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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1595046.

Otis, Louise & Eric H. Reiter. “Front-Line Justice,” Virginia Journal of International Law 46 (2006): 677-716, online: http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/6484/.

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.

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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