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Call for Papers - due February 1, 2017


Manitoba Law Journal &

Special Issue: Current Issues in Criminal Law

The Manitoba Law Journal in conjunction with are pleased to announce this special call for papers for a thematic volume dealing with Current Issues in Criminal Law. We invite scholarly papers, reflection pieces, research notes, book reviews, or other forms of written or pictorial expression for the publication in this special volume of the Manitoba Law Journal. We are looking for submissions from not only academics, but students, practitioners, policy makers, regulators and judges. Succinct and extended pieces are both welcome.

Theme: “Current Issues in Criminal Law.”

The theme extends from the mission of As part of our commitment to scholarship and to legal education we invite analyses dealing with current issues in criminal law. The institutions of justice in Canada face unprecedented challenges including delays in the justice process, denial of access to justice, the expansion of police powers, the creation of new and untested crimes, relatively recent large scale changes to the Criminal Code, critique of the legal regime underpinning corrections, expansion of surveillance and intelligence services at the national and provincial levels, and the administration of justice in times of terrorist threats. It is an opportune time to analyze and reflect on these challenges in the deployment of criminal law in Canada. We invite papers that reflect on the following sub-themes:

  • Intersections of the criminal law and the Charter

  • Analyses of the developing jurisprudence of policing

  • The administration of law and justice in high crime metropolitan Canadian urban spaces

  • Legal issues in bail, remand, corrections and court settings

  • The expansion of state surveillance

  • The regulation of vice in Canada including gambling, sexual expression, sex work and use of illicit substances

  • Analyses of recent Supreme and Appellate court criminal law cases in Canada

  • Comparative criminal law analyses

  • Law and society analyses of contemporary criminal law issues

  • Policy papers seeking law reform in Canada’s criminal laws

  • Empirical studies of criminal law and the criminal justice system

  • Indigeneity and the criminal law

  • Mental health and the criminal law

  • Vulnerability and the criminal law

  • Theoretical and philosophical analyses of criminal law and criminal regulation

  • Reflections on the practice of criminal law in Canada

Last but not least, we invite general submissions dealing with topics in criminology, criminal justice, urban studies, legal studies and social justice that do not necessarily engage directly the theme of the issue. We invite submissions from not only scholars, practitioners and students of criminal law, but also from the above scholarly disciplines.


Submissions should generally be under 15,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) and if at all possible conform with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2014) - the "McGill Guide". Submissions must be in word or word compatible formats and contain a 250 word or less abstract and a list of 10-15 keywords.

Submissions are due February 1, 2017 and should be sent to For queries please contact David Ireland, Richard Jochelson, Amar Khoday or David Milward at this email address. Feel free to contact us at or at


Aims and Scope

The Manitoba Law Journal (MLJ) is a publication of the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba located at Robson Hall. We hope to provide lively, practical and informative commentary on developments in areas that include case law, legislation, the administration of justice, and legal practice. We aim at producing critical coverage of events in our own community, but welcome pertinent commentary concerning developments at the national or international level or in other provinces. The MLJ is carried on LexisNexis, Westlaw and Heinonline and included in the annual rankings of law journals by the leading service, the Washington and Lee University annual survey. The MLJ operates with the support of SSHRC.

Peer Review

We generally use a double-blind peer review process to ensure that the quality of our publications meets the requisite academic standards. Articles are anonymized and then, after editorial review, reviewed by anonymous experts. Occasionally the identity of the author is intrinsic to evaluating the article (e.g., an invited distinguished lecture or interview) and the reviewers will be aware of it. Articles are accepted with revisions, encouraged to revise and resubmit, or rejected. This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user.

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