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About the Queen's Law Journal

History of the Journal


The 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 9 senior editors and 10 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 Advisor

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 QLJ, 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.

Faculty Advisor, Professor Emeritus Adell










Student Volunteers 

The Queen's Law Journal selects first, second and third year law students from a pool of applicants to volunteer for a 2-term period. Volunteers assist with cite checking, internal reviews and proofreading and often go on to become members of our editorial board. The selection of volunteers is made in September of each school year. For more information please contact the Managing Editor for Volunteers, James Clinton.

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