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Introducing the CJCCL

The Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law was launched in 2013 by the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. The CJCCL is run by students at TRU Law under the direction of Faculty Co-Editors in Chief. All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed by experts.

The CJCCL is an open access journal. Articles may be downloaded from this site free of charge. CJCCL articles are also accessible through HeinOnline, Westlaw and Google scholar. 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?

  1. Thematic

Each year Faculty Editors select a theme that will be the focus of that year’s volume. The CJCCL will publish a combination of articles solicited from leading scholars in the field, as well as accepting non-solicited papers. All articles must relate to the CJCCL’s annual theme.

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

  1. Comparative

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. However, we strongly encourage authors to incorporate a comparative aspect in their submissions.