Introducing the CJCCL

The Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law was launched in 2013 at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law. Our inaugural issue “Health and Human Rights” was published in January 2015. The current volume “Problems of Interpretation in International Law” is made up of one issue that focuses on various topics in the field of International Law. The issue features contributions from internationally acclaimed scholars including a foreword by Louis LeBel, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2000-2014).The thematic focus of the CJCCL’s fourth volume, to be published in 2018 will be Privacy and Data Protection.

The CJCCL is an open access journal. Articles may be downloaded from this site free of charge. CJCCL articles will be accessible through HeinOnline, Westlaw and Google scholar. At least one volume will be published annually.

The CJCCL aims to establish itself as a top-rated academic publication. Its mandate is to publish rigorous, innovative scholarship that makes a significant contribution to legal study.

What Makes the CJCCL Unique?


Each year Faculty Editors in Chief select a theme that will be the focus of that year’s volume. The CJCCL will publish a selection of articles solicited from leading scholars in the field, as well as non-solicited papers.

Concentrating on a specific theme will enable a focused, penetrating analysis of a contemporary legal issue to an extent not currently offered elsewhere in Canada.


The CJCCL encourages contributors to take a comparative approach in their scholarship. We define ‘comparative’ broadly. This may be through the comparison of how a particular legal issue is treated in different legal systems (such as civil and common law), different national systems (such as England and Canada) or in different provinces in Canada. The comparative aspect may reside in comparing legal scholarship with empirical or theoretical scholarship on a particular topic. It may reside in a critical discussion of comparative methodology itself, so long as this is related back to the annual theme.

It is not an absolute pre-requisite that every piece take a comparative approach. The CJCCL will consider pieces of exceptional quality that are not comparative, including scholarship that employs a diverse range of methodologies and approaches, such as theoretical, socio-legal, or empirical research.  However, we strongly encourage authors to incorporate a comparative aspect in their submissions.

The CJCCL also welcomes case commentaries and book reviews relevant to the thematic focus of the upcoming issue.