British Academy honours Professor Harry Arthurs

Virginia Corner, communications manager at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, sent this story to YFile.

The awards keep coming for Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Harry Arthurs (left), who served as dean of the school from 1972 to 1977 and president of York from 1985 to 1992.

On July 3, the Fellows of the British Academy elected Arthurs a Corresponding Fellow, a scholar of international distinction.

The British Academy, which was founded by Royal Charter in 1902, is an independent learned society responsible for promoting research and scholarship in all branches of the humanities and social sciences, from philosophy, language, literature and history to economics, law, sociology, geography and politics. It is the counterpart of the Royal Society, the UK’s independent academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Election to Fellowship of the British Academy comes as the culmination of a rigorous selection process in which each of the academy’s 18 sections, organized by academic discipline, is involved.

Ten scholars were elected Corresponding Fellows at the British Academy’s Annual General Meeting in July. Arthurs is the only Canadian scholar to be elected a Corresponding Fellow this year, and the only Canadian law professor among the current total of 310 Corresponding Fellows in the British Academy.

Earlier this year, Arthurs was presented with the first Bora Laskin Award by the University of Toronto for distinguished contributions to labour law. In 2002, he was one of five prominent Canadian scholars to be honoured with the Killam Prize, Canada’s most distinguished annual award for outstanding achievement in social sciences, humanities, engineering, natural sciences and health sciences, and he was also awarded honorary degrees from the Université de Montréal and the University of Toronto.

The author of numerous publications including his book, Without the Law: Administrative Justice and Legal Pluralism in Nineteenth Century England (University of Toronto Press 1985), Arthurs holds seven honorary degrees, received the title of University Professor from York in 1995, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.