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.


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.



UPDATE - Volume 25 John D. Stevenson Award

This year’s John D. Stevenson Essay Prize is awarded to David Zhou for his article Re Indalex: The Confluence of Pension, Insolvency and Fiduciary Law. Our second and third place runners up are Emily Hansen and Nicole Power, respectively, for their articles Who is Harmed by Fantasy? A Deliberative and Charter Analysis of Canada's Child Pornography Law and The Problem of False Comparisons: Animal Welfare Discourse and the Anti-Choice Movement.  
Posted: 2018-01-03 More...


We are now accepting submissions for Volume 27 of the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies. The deadline is Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Papers must be submitted through our website.  For more information, click here.  
Posted: 2017-10-24

2L student Jamie Watson wins 'Think Tank 3' prize for best presentation


Congratulations to second-year Schulich School of Law student Jamie Watson who is this year's recipient of the Think Tank Student Legal Research Prize for her presentation entitled "Not 'Real Killers': The Restrained Use of the Criminal Law in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Canada."

Posted: 2015-03-02 More...
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Vol 26 (2018)

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


Elisabeth Giffen
Ryan Belbin
Connor Bildfell
Oladiwura Ayeyemi Eyitayo
Nicholas Healey
Vincent Iacono