University of Calgary

Lyndsay Campbell

  • Associate Professor

Bar admissions

Non-practising member of the British Columbia Bar


Lyndsay grew up in Calgary but spent most of her post-secondary educational career on the west coast, in British Columbia and California. She practised briefly with McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver and independently, in connection with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. She clerked for justices L.G. Finch and J.D. Lambert at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Lyndsay is cross-appointed to the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts. She also teaches in the undergraduate Law and Society program.


Law 595: Canadian Legal History
Law 703: Graduate Seminar in Legal Research and Methodology

Research/Scholarly Activities

Lyndsay's research interests include legal history, the regulation of expression, the interaction between extralegal and legal regulatory strategies, comparisons between Canadian and American approaches to law, and nineteenth-century Canadian constitutionalism. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled "Truths and Consequences: The Legal and Extralegal Regulation of Expression in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1820-1840." Her LL.M. thesis was entitled "The St. Clair Case and the Regulation of the Obscene in Pre-World War One Ontario."

Lyndsay is currently completing the process of reworking her doctoral dissertation as a monograph on the regulation of expression in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts in the 1820s and 1830s. An essay on the transmission of legal knowledge about libel law appeared in Fernandez and Dubber, eds., Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise (Hart Publishing, 2012). Lyndsay collaborated with Professor Tony Freyer of the University of Alabama on a co-authored and co-edited collection entitled Freedom's Conditions in the U.S.-Canada Borderland in the Age of Emancipation (Carolina Academic Press, 2011). Articles related to libel law and to the treatment of race in Canadian law have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Queen's Law Journal, and most recently, the Law and History Review. Lyndsay has also begun work on a project on the regulation of alcohol and the changing Canadian regulatory state in the later nineteenth century.

Research Areas

  • Legal History
  • The regulation of expression
  • The interaction between extralegal and legal approaches to regulation
  • Comparisons between Canadian and American approaches to law, constitutionalism and regulation

Lyndsay can supervise LLM students interested in the legal history of the regulation of energy or the environment in Canada.


Professional Service

Lyndsay is the President of the Canadian Law and Society Association and is a member of the Standing Committee on the Annual Meeting, American Society for Legal History.

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