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Neil Sargent

Associate Professor

Degrees:LL.B. (Nottingham), LL.M. (York), D.E.I. (Amsterdam)
Phone:613-520-2600 x. 8853
Office:D594 LA (Loeb Building)


Neil C. Sargent is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Nottingham, and his LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto.

Teaching and Research Interests

His scholarly interests focus on law and literature, detective fiction, corporate criminal liability, and alternative dispute resolution.


  • Sensing Law. Co-edited with Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawn Moore and Christiane Wilke. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • “Visual Logics of Deduction:  Ocular presence and ocular distance in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter’”, in Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawn Moore, Neil Sargent and Christiane Wilke, eds. Sensing Law. London: Routledge, 2016
  • “Psychological Dynamics of Insight: Relevance to International Negotiation” (co-Authored with Andrea Bartoli), in Mauro Gallucio, ed., Handbook of International Negotiation. New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer, 2015.
  • co-author, Art and Practice of Mediation (with P.Bishop, C. Picard and R.Ramkay), published by Emond Montgomery (2nd. ed. 2014).
  • “At the Cross-Roads of Time: The Intersection between the Customary and the Legal in The Mayor of Casterbridge”, The Thomas Hardy Journal, vol. XXVII (2012).
  • “Between the Rational and the Marvellous: Edgar Allan Poe and the Counter-Enlightenment Origins of the Modern Detective Story”, Intersections of Law and Culture, edited by Sara Steinert Borella, Caroline Wiedmer and Priska Gisler, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2012.
  • “Mys-Reading the Past in Detective Fiction and Law”, Law and Literature, Volume 22, issue 2 (2010).
  • “Murder and Mayhem in Legal Method: or, the Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes versus Sam Spade”, in Law, Mystery and the Humanities, edited by L.Atkinson and D. Majury, University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  • co-author, Private Law, Social Life (with L.Atkinson), published by Lexis Nexis (2nd. ed, 2007)