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Dalhousie Law Journal


About the Journal

The Dalhousie Law Journal was established in 1973 by Dean Ronald St John Macdonald (1928-2006). Unlike most North American law journals it is faculty-run rather than student-run, and its editorial board is composed exclusively of full-time professors at the Schulich School of Law.

It is a peer-reviewed journal which bases publication decisions upon assessments by anonymous expert referees. The Journal accepts submissions from anywhere in the world, from academics, practitioners, judges, and students.

Published topics

Submissions on virtually any law-related topic are considered, but the Journal does not publish articles devoted exclusively to the law of foreign countries. Most published articles deal with Canadian law, public international law, legal theory, or comparative law, where one of the comparator jurisdictions is Canada or a province.

Although no legally-related topic is off limits, the Journal has a particular interest in papers dealing with law in Atlantic Canada, and with legal education. Atlantic Canadian theme issues in recent years have dealt with oil and gas law, legal history, and the collapse of the cod fishery.

Dean Macdonald solicited a series of articles on the state of legal education at each Canadian law school in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Journal has continued to be a venue for articles analyzing and critiquing the current state of Canadian legal education.

The Dalhousie Law Journal is published twice yearly in hard copy, is available in full text through a number of databases such as Heinonline and LexisNexis, and is indexed in the Index to Legal Periodicals and CanLII.