Social Sciences and Humanities Inform Evidence Based Practice in Law! Look out for the new MLJ 40(3)
Within several weeks, Robsoncrim.com will proudly present the Manitoba Law Journal Robson Crim Special Edition on Criminal Law! When we do, look out for book launch announcements and special events including fabulous speakers and, of course, free food! We plan on also providing blawgs pertaining to our featured articles in the coming weeks and months. The preface of the volume explains our mission statement (From Manitoba Law Journal (2017) 40:3 Man LJ i-vii):
"It is an exciting time for Canadian criminal law scholarship. There are any number of critical matters to examine, from issues of legislative reform, serious concerns relating to the scope of police powers in
conducting investigations and their impact on constitutional rights and values, to the scope of criminal offences and defences. To explore these and many other significant topics, there is a variety of excellent venues to publish within Canada for scholars and practitioners in our communities, including practitioner journals, short submission reviews, criminology journals, and traditional law journals. When we met with the editorial team at the Manitoba Law Journal (MLJ) we did notice that there was a lacuna in Canada’s scholarly criminal law realms. We wanted to develop a venue where scholars of criminal law, criminal justice, and criminology could openly discuss legal issues of significant import - a space where scholars could debate criminal law practice, theory, philosophy, and, also, provide an intellectual home that would welcome cognate disciplines to engage in these debates. In short, we wanted to establish a leading location to host national and international conversations on criminal law and justice, while at the same time allowing for the progression of the MLJ’s goal to provide interesting insights to the local and national bar...
We must never forget that good criminal law practice is informed well by the social sciences and humanities. Likely the cognate disciplines would also do well to take doctrinal analysis seriously and to include rigorous legal analyses in their own interrogations. We hope that this special edition, and future special editions provide a national, perhaps international, space where these multiple perspectives and disciplines can intersect and thrive. Thank you for reading this issue. We look forward to publishing many more as we continue our mission of fostering innovative and engaging criminal law scholarship."