Queen's Law Journal

Queen's Law Journal
Queen's Law Journal

About the Queen's Law Journal

History of the Journal

journalinstgram2.jpgThe Queen's Law Journal is a fully refereed scholarly publication produced by a student editorial board under the direction of a Faculty Advisor. The Editorial Board consists of 10 senior editors and 9 associate editors. There are also approximately 40 volunteer editors. The Journal has a well-established international readership, and is among Canada's most highly respected law journals.

The Journal was established in 1968 as the Queen's Intramural Law Journal. The purpose of this periodical was to publish a selection of the best work written by law students at Queen's. In 1971, the title was changed to the Queen's Law Journal, reflecting a change in editorial policy. While it continued to publish student work, the Journal began seeking contributions from academics and other members of the legal profession.

By the mid-1970s, the Journal had evolved into its present form-a vehicle for scholarship by legal academics, practitioners, and law students. In time, the Journal became a fully-refereed publication. All submissions that pass the internal review process are subject to a double-blind external assessment by at least two experts in the relevant subject area.

Statement of Objectives

The objectives of the Queen's Law Journal are:

  1. To publish French and English scholarly legal research, analysis, and critical commentary on issues of concern to the Canadian legal community, but also of interest to the broader Canadian and international communities.

  2. To stimulate the production of high-quality legal research and scholarship, primarily by Canadian scholars and legal specialists.

  3. To promote diversity of opinion on a wide variety of issues by encouraging research on legal issues that draw on the insights and methodology of other social sciences, and by encouraging writing from persons who have traditionally been under-represented in legal journals.

Faculty Advisors

Between 1994 and 2014, Professor Emeritus and former Dean Bernie Adell served as the Faculty Advisor to the Queen's Law Journal. His dedication and passion to the Journal, the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal​, and the broader Queen's Law community over the past 50 years is unparalleled. During this time, Professor Adell was a mentor and an inspiration to all who worked with him on the Journal. As the Journal now enters a new chapter, Bernie's guidance and memory will continue to shape the Queen's Law Journal's commitment to quality legal scholarship. On behalf of the QLJ community, we are grateful for all that Bernie taught us. He will be missed.

Professors Jean Thomas and Grégoire Webber have served as the Faculty Advisors to the Queen's Law Journal since 2015, and will continue to serve as Faculty Advisors for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Faculty Advisor, Professor Emeritus Adell  Jean Thomas Gregoire Webber