The McGill Law Journal is currently accepting English- and French-language submissions for Volume 65 (2019–2020). Submissions are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The Journal is a generalist publication that welcomes submissions in all areas of Canadian or international law.

The submissions are subject to a rigorous review process, which includes peer review prior to acceptance. Submissions must respect the conditions outlined on this page to be considered.


Categories of Submissions

The McGill Law Journal encourages scholars and practitioners to submit manuscripts of various types. The most common categories of submissions are:

Articles: Strong preference will be given to articles between 10,000 and 15,000 words including footnotes. Where submissions considerably exceed this length, the Journal may require revision and resubmission before beginning the evaluation process. The Journal will not accept submissions that are unfinished theses, preliminary drafts, or book chapters. Articles must be accompanied by an abstract and a table of contents at the time of submission in order to be considered. The author must identify their institutional affiliations.

Essays and Responses: Essays should normally not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes. The primary purpose of an essay is to advance a new idea, summarize a development, or initiate or engage in discussion. They may be narrower in scope than Articles, but the subject matter should be of general scholarly interest. Essays may experiment with style, tone, and voice. A strong Essay will start a new and interesting scholarly conversation.

Scholarly Responses to articles, essays and case comments should normally not exceed 7,000 words, including footnotes.

Essays and Responses must be accompanied by an abstract and a table of contents at the time of submission in order to be considered. The author must identify their institutional affiliations.

Case Comments: Case comments should not exceed 10,000 words including footnotes. Case comments must be accompanied by an abstract and a table of contents at the time of submission in order to be considered. The author must identify their institutional affiliations.

Book Reviews and Book Notes: The McGill Law Journal welcomes submissions of reviews and notes on books published within the 18 months preceding the submission. We maintain a list of specific books available for review (available upon request by email). Those interested in receiving a copy of a book should send us a short paragraph explaining how their background makes them well suited to review the proposed work, as well as a CV and list of publications. Please note that book reviews will be subject to the regular review process. The author must also identify their institutional affiliations.

Book reviews should not exceed 5,000 words including footnotes and must include a title. Book notes should not exceed 1,000 words including footnotes.

Submission Method

The Journal requires all submissions to be in Microsoft Word format and emailed as attachments to Phil April, the Executive Coordinating Editor, at The Journal does not accept manuscripts submitted via fax or standard mail. All submissions must be free of any references identifying the author.

Submission Exclusivity

The Journal does not accept submissions that are simultaneously under consideration by other publications. We ask that authors confirm their compliance with this policy in their submission email; if we do not receive confirmation, we will ask an author to provide it, and we will only begin evaluating the submission upon receipt of this confirmation. Following the reception of the submission and the confirmation of exclusivity, the author will receive an acknowledgment of receipt in addition to an estimation of the time required for the Editorial Board to make a publication decision.

Citation Style

Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Texts must use footnotes that adhere to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed. The author must provide complete citations and ensure that pinpoints to specific pages or paragraphs are provided where required. Please cite only to proper sources (example: cite to the print version of a newspaper article or book instead of the online version), as citation accuracy is an important part of our selection process.

Copyright & Preprint Policy

Copyright for all manuscripts accepted for publication will remain with the author. However, the author must sign an agreement granting the Journal an exclusive license to publish the piece for the first time, in addition to a non-exclusive license to reproduce and distribute the text or extracts thereof. Any subsequent reproduction or republication of the text must bear the legend that it first appeared in this Journal. Furthermore, our agreement prohibits online posting of the published text until eight months after publication. Unedited manuscripts may be posted, but they must note that publication in the Journal is forthcoming and that texts may not be cited without permission.

Review Process

Once submitted, manuscripts are taken through a two-step formal evaluation process conducted by the Editorial Board and external reviewers. Only those articles that pass an internal evaluation by the Editorial Board will be sent out for external review.

The review process lasts between five (5) and fifteen (15) weeks. Please note that the review process may take up to four (4) weeks longer around the Faculty of Law’s examination periods (November–December and March–April). We consequently recommend that you submit your piece outside of these periods. Questions regarding the status of submissions should be directed to Phil April, the Executive Coordinating Editor, by email at or by phone at (514) 398-7397.

The following are some of the criteria used by the Editorial Board in assessing submissions:

  • Quality of scholarship: Quality and depth of research; originality of the author’s contribution, including presence of new and creative thought; plausibility of the author’s argument;
  • Literary quality: Writing style and organization of ideas, including language, syntax, and flow; and
  • Use of citations in footnotes: Over/under-referencing, accuracy of sources, relationship and relevance to the text.

Editorial Process

The editors of the Journal approach the task of editing with an ethic of respect for the style and ideas of the authors whose work we publish. All texts published in the Journal are edited so as to conform to the style rules contained in the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed. Where the Citation Guide is silent on technical issues of grammar or matters of style, the Journal edits in accordance with its internal style manual. For English texts, editing decisions are based on the most current editions of the Chicago Manual of Style and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, while French texts are edited in accordance with le Robert, le Grévisse and the Dictionnaire terminologique de l’office de la langue française. With respect to the addition, deletion, clarification, or reorganization of content, editorial decisions may be based on the comments of internal or external reviewers. Final decisions on such matters, however, are left to the author.

Authors are given appropriate opportunities to read and correct the proofs of the texts.

Every quotation and footnote published in the Journal is verified for both style and substantive content by an editorial team to ensure the accuracy and pertinence of the sources that are cited. This thorough editorial process is essential to the maintenance of the high academic standards of the Journal. If sources cited by an author cannot be obtained by the Journal, the author may be asked to provide the Journal with a copy of the source.

Further Questions

For further questions regarding submission requirements and the editorial process, please contact Phil April, the Executive Coordinating Editor, by email at or by phone at (514) 398-7397.