Call for Papers - MB Law Journal & Robson Crim's Criminal Law Edition (closes Feb 1, 2019 or when full)

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The Manitoba Law Journal in conjunction with are pleased to announce our annual call for papers in Criminal Law. 


We seek submissions related to two major areas:


1) general themes in criminal law; and 


2) evidentiary developments in criminal law over the last 10 years since the Supreme Court case of R v Grant 2009 (see details below). 


This is our fourth specialized criminal law volume, though Manitoba Law Journal is one of Canada’s oldest law journals. We invite scholarly papers, reflection pieces, research notes, book reviews, or other forms of written or pictorial expression. We are in press for volumes 41(3) and 41(4) of the Manitoba Law Journal and have published papers from leading academics in criminal law, criminology, law and psychology and criminal justice. We welcome academic and practitioner engagement across criminal law and related disciplines.

We invite papers that relate to issues of criminal law and cognate disciplines as well as papers that reflect on the following sub-themes:

Intersections of the criminal law and the Charter

  • Interpersonal violence and crimes of sexual assault

  • Indigenous persons and the justice system(s)

  • Gender and the criminal law

  • Mental health and the criminal law

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

  • Regulation of policing and state surveillance

  • The regulation of vice 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

  • Criminal law, popular culture and media

  • Empirical, theoretical, law and society, doctrinal and/or philosophical analyses of criminal law and regulation

We also are hoping to dedicate a section of this edition to: Criminal Justice and Evidentiary Thresholds in Canada: the last ten years. We invite papers relating to evidentiary issues in Canada’s criminal courts including:

Reflections on Indigenous traditions in evidence law (including possibilities); 

  • New developments in digital evidence and crimes;

  • Evidentiary changes in the criminal law;

  • Evidence in matters of national security; 

  • Thresholds of evidence for police or state conduct; 

  • Evolutions of evidence in the law of sexual assault or crimes against vulnerable populations;

  • Evidence in the context of mental health or substance abuse in or related to the justice system;

  • Use of evidence in prison law and administrative bodies of the prison systems;

  • Understandings of harms or evidence in corporate criminality;

  • Historical excavations and juxtapositions related to evidence or knowing in criminal law; 

  • Cultural understandings of evidence and harm; and 

  • Discursive examinations of evidence and harm and shifts in understandings of harms by the justice system.


Last but not least, we invite general submissions dealing with topics in criminal law, criminology, criminal justice, urban studies, legal studies and social justice that relate to criminal regulation.



We will be reviewing all submissions on a rolling basis with final submissions due by February 1, 2019. This means, the sooner you submit, the sooner we will begin the peer review process. We will still consider all submissions until the deadline.

​Submissions should generally be under 20,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) and if at all possible conform with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2018) - 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, 2019 and should be sent to For queries please contact Professors Richard Jochelson or David Ireland, at this email address.



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