Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies

The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies is a non-profit, academic journal that publishes work from current law students and recent alumni in Canada and throughout the world.  It was established in 1991 as a forum that promotes reflection and debate about contemporary legal issues. As one of the only publications of its kind in Canada, the Journal serves as a unique vehicle for law students to publish their work.

The DJLS is published once per academic year and maintains a broad subscription base that includes law firms, law school libraries, corporations, government departments, alumni, and legal professionals from around the globe. The Journal is also indexed in the HeinOnline database.

An entirely student-run publication, the DJLS is managed by an editorial board, and over seventy volunteers comprising students from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie assist in production and publication.

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University


The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies publishes articles, case comments, and notes that deal with issues relating to either Canadian or international law. All submissions are blindly reviewed. Submissions are primarily assessed based on originality, relevance to the profession of law, and writing style.

Submissions for volume 23 of the DJLS are now closed.


With a large circulation and subscriber base, the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies is widely available. Enquiries about joining our subscription base as an institutional, business, or personal subscriber can be directed to djls@dal.ca. Subscriptions to the DJLS are $30.00 (CAD) per issue.

The Journal is also available electronically through the HeinOnline law journal database.



Grad student Nayha Acharya takes home top prize at 'Think Tank 2'

Last Friday, the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies hosted its second annual Think Tank Student Legal Research Workshop. This workshop represents a unique opportunity within Weldon for students to deliver public lectures on their scholarly pursuits, to receive expert feedback and commentary on their research from a professor, and to engage an audience in discussion on a current legal issue.  Those in attendance were treated to high-quality presentations from students at all levels (1-L through Grad) on a variety of legal topics.  
Posted: 2014-02-06 More...



The 2nd Annual Think Tank Student Legal Research Workshop will be held at the Schulich School of Law in Room 207 on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.!

Posted: 2014-01-07 More...
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Vol 22 (2013)

The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies is an independent, student-run, non-profit, academic journal that publishes work from current law students and recent graduates in Canada and throughout the world. It is headquartered at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Table of Contents


From en ventre sa mere to Thawing an Heir: Posthumously Conceived Children and the Implications for Succession Law in Canada PDF
Christine E. Doucet 1-20
HIV and Shared Responsibility: A Critical Evaluation of Mabior and DC PDF
Kevin Rawluk 21-33
Clarifying the Role of Precedent and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis in Trial and Intermediate Appellate Level Charter Analysis PDF
Adryan J.W. Toth 34-58
Cost of Admission: One Rubber Stamp - Evaluating the Significance of Investigative Necessity in Wiretap Authorizations after R v Araujo PDF
Jim Cruess 59-75
International Commercial Arbitration in China: Locating the Development of CIETAC in the Context of International and Domestic Factors PDF
Jeff Miller 76-100
Child Support and Shared Parenting in Canada: A "Reality Cheque" PDF
Courtney Palmer 101-123
Jagged Little Pill: The New Frontier for Shareholder Rights Plans and the Fiduciary Duties of Target Boards PDF
Hunter Parsons 124-146