Underneath the Golden Boy: serving our policy- and law-makers by producing an annual issue devoted specifically to legislation and public policy.
Serving Robson Hall faculty by providing a timely and facilitative forum for their work and students by providing opportunities to edit scholarship and to collaborate in it.
Serving our practising legal community by welcoming contributions from all of its participants, and producing work that is useful and relevant to them.
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The Manitoba Law Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed journal founded in 1961. The MLJ's current mission is to provide lively, independent and high caliber commentary on legal events in Manitoba or events of special interest to our community.
The MLJ aims to bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives to the issues it studies, drawing on authors from Manitoba, Canada and beyond. Its studies are intended to contribute to understanding and reform not only in our community, but around the world.
The MLJ has five dimensions, each with its own regular special issues. These are:
- The Current Legal Landscape: developments in courts and tribunals;
- Underneath the Golden Boy: developments in legislation and on parliamentary and democratic reform;
- Criminal Law and Practice, and the social dimensions of criminal law;
- The Legal Profession, including histories of major developments and figures in Manitoba law, and the rapid evolution of legal practice;
- Indigenous Law.
The MLJ is funded by the SSHRC grants in aid of scholarly publications, with additional support from the Legal Research Institute of the University of Manitoba, the Faculty of Law Endowment fund.
In 2013, the Manitoba Law Journal obtained its first-ever Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant. Since then, further strides have been taken, including incorporating an annual special issue on Criminal Law, producing special issues on legal history and pioneering the introduction of the Journal to cyberspace, including publishing its first e-book version, upgrading its website, and posting its content on more free-access websites. The Manitoba Law Journal’s overall vision is now:
- to encourage and publish material that is of scholarly depth, precision and independence, and at the same time readable and engaging;
- to focus on issues that are particularly relevant to our own population in Manitoba. We recognize that we have a diverse society that includes Indigenous peoples, longstanding residents and recent immigrants, and that Manitoba’s economy ranges from the traditional to the hyper-modern;
- to welcome thoughtful work from across the philosophical and political spectrums; the academy must be a forum for searching exploration and debate, not the mere repetition of orthodoxy of any kind;
- to encourage the application of ideas from other jurisdictions in Canada and around the world;
- to ensure that our insights into our own society contribute to understanding at the national and international levels;
- to embrace all useful methodologies, including traditional legal argument, social sciences, and work of an empirical or statistical nature;
- to support the investigation of issues through means that include interviews with active participants, as well as the review of documents; the techniques of responsible journalism should not be alien to law journals;
- to welcome contributors from all backgrounds, including practising lawyers, judges, academics, and authors who are experts in a wide variety of disciplines apart from law;
- to study the past, the present and the future. We have published special issues that have recovered and reflected on the lives and contributions of outstanding jurists; we seek to ensure that our volumes are produced quickly enough to reflect current events; the Journal is also a forum for predictions and prescriptions about the future;
- to follow the recommendations of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission with respect to legal education. In fact, the next Special Issue of the Journal will be focused on Indigenous Peoples and Oral History, and will include career retrospectives by the first wave of Indigenous jurists to attend law school and go on to practice.
MLJ content is open source (freely available without charge to the user) on this website and on CanLII. MLJ content is also carried on LexisNexis Quicklaw Advance, Westlaw Next and HeinOnline and included in the annual rankings of law journals by the leading service, the Washington and Lee University annual survey.