Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

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Launched in 1985, the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue Femmes et Droit is the only Canadian periodical devoted entirely to the publication and dissemination of multi-disciplinary scholarship in the expanding field of women's legal studies. The CJWL is incorporated as a non-profit organization with charitable status. The CJWL's readership includes lawyers, judges, law students, academics, government officials and others interested in women's equality. The CJWL's mandate is to provide an outlet for those wishing to explore the impact of law on women's social, economic and legal status, and on the general conditions of their lives.

The Journal promotes the expansion of women's legal scholarship into new areas of research and study, and it aims to increase the volume and improve the accessibility of legal scholarship by Canadian women, on specifically Canadian topics. Finally, the CJWL seeks to provide an important tool for activists, academics and others engaged in research and law reform efforts on behalf of women.

The CJWL's content and editorial policy reflect the objectives outlined above. Editorial criteria are designed and applied to ensure a balance in terms of type of contributions (articles, commentaries, research notes, case comments and book reviews), discipline, subject matter, language, jurisdiction, and perspective.

The Journal is pleased to have published the first six decisions of the Women's Court of Canada (WCC). The WCC is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators to rewrite the Canadian Charter equality jurisprudence. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde, who once said "the only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it", the WCC operates as a virtual court, and 'reconsiders' leading equality decisions. The WCC renders alternative decisions as a means of articulating fresh conceptions of substantive equality. Into the future the Journal will publish new decisions of the Women's Court as they are released.

Through its editorial policies and expanding domestic and international reputation, the CJWL has been instrumental in fostering the growth and improving the accessibility of feminist legal scholarship in Canada. Recently published articles have examined issues of religious arbitration, sentencing circles and domestic violence, reparations as narrative resistance, domestic violence legislation, and Queer theory approaches to international law. Recent issues have focused on equality, poverty, racism, and law and film. Much of the material published has been ground-breaking in subject matter, perspective, and scope.

At its inception, the English side of the CJWL was located at the University of Windsor, with Kathleen Lahey as English Co-Editor and at the University of Laval, with Edith Deleury as French Co-Editor. The English side subsequently moved to Queen's University with Kathleen Lahey. 'During the ensuing two decades, the Journal has been hosted by Carleton University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Laval University, Osgoode Hall Law School, Université du Québec à Montréal, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Ottawa.

Published biannually.

E-ISSN: 1911-0235
ISSN: 0832-8781
Co-editorship of the CJWL is currently shared by Associate Professor Natasha Bakht from the Faculty of Law at University of Ottawa and by Professor Emmanuelle Bernheim from the Département des sciences juridiques, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Natasha Bakht
English Language Co-Editor
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Emmanuelle Bernheim
French Language Co-Editor - Corédactrice francophone
Revue Femmes et droit

Founding Editors
Édith Deleury
Kathleen Lahey

Editorial Board
Jane Bailey
Adelle Blackett
Susan Boyd
Marie-France Bureau

Karen Busby
Nathalie Chalifour
Elizabeth Comack
Isabelle Duplessis
Lise Gotell
Isabel Grant
Radha Jhappan
Rebecca Johnson
Louise Langevin

Janet Mosher
Val Napoleon
Denise Réaume
Jennifer Schulz
Margot Young

Race Editor
Sherene Razack

English Case Comments Editor
Sonia Lawrence

Book Review Collective
Susan Boyd
Kim Brooks

Sarah Buhler
Angela Cameron
Rosemary Cairns Way
Sonia Lawrence
Mary Jane Mossman
Vrinda Narain
Janis Sarra
Josephine Savarese

Lucinda Vandervort
Margot Young

Assistant Editor
Stacy Belden

Student Editor
Geneviève Boulay
The CJWL/RFD is Canada’s oldest feminist legal periodical. Since it began in 1985, the journal has provided a forum in which feminist writers from diverse backgrounds, speaking from a wide range of experience, can exchange ideas and information about legal issues that affect women. We are looking to build on this tradition and remain committed to reflecting a diversity of political, social, cultural, and economic thinking, unified by a shared interest in law reform.

We invite submissions from people who are engaged in feminist analysis of socio-legal issues that reflect a range of approaches, including multidisciplinary, action-focused, theoretical, and historical, and that reflect linguistic and regional differences in Canada. We particularly encourage submissions authored by women from different backgrounds, disciplines and jurisdictions who are doing new feminist work.

The CJWL/RFD is seeking papers for publication in the following sections of the CJWL/RFD: articles, review essays, commentaries, case comments, research notes, book reviews, and notes on Canadian and International events of interest to our readers. Comments on previously published materials are also welcome.

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Natasha Bakht
English Language Co-Editor
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
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