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.



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...

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 23 (2014)

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


A History of Preferential Share in Ontario: Intestacy Legislation and Conceptions of the Deserving or Undeserving Widow PDF
Louise M Mimnagh 1-21
All Convictions Are Not the Same: Rethinking CUPE’s Abuse of Process Doctrine in Cases Involving Plea Bargains PDF
Lara Kinkartz 22-46
Autonomous Weapons Systems: Taking the Human out of International Humanitarian Law PDF
James Foy 47-70
A Case Study on the Legal Impacts of Corporate Sustainability Pledges in the Alberta Oil Sands PDF
Jeffrey Bone 71-90
Balancing Privacy and the Open Court Principle of Family Law: Does De-Identifying Case Law Protect Anonymity? PDF
Sujoy Chatterjee 91-104
Grassroots Capitalism or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Financial Risk in the Exempt Market and Love Equity Crowdfunding PDF
Marco Figliomeni 105-129
Reciprocity: Fair Trade or Free Trade? Challenging American Electricity Regulation under NAFTA PDF
Hugh Goodday 130-148
Stories of 0s: Transgender Women, Monstrous Bodies, and the Canadian Prison System PDF
Allison Smith 149-171
“The Melancholy Truth”: Corrective and Equitable Justice for Omar Khadr PDF
Andrew Stobo Sniderman 172-189
Complicating the Simple Probability Principle: Developing a New Approach to Probabilistic Reasoning in Personal Injury Litigation PDF
Nayha Acharya 191-223