As the Western Journal of Legal Studies approaches 30,000 downloads, the journal’s editorial board has collaborated with Western’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to produce its latest special issue, Law: Helping Hand or Iron Fist. The issue is a compilation of papers presented at the Western Law Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, organized by Western Law PhD student Kirsten Stefanik.
Western Law alumnus Omar Ha-Redeye is among the authors whose articles were selected for publication through the journal’s double-blind peer review process. Ha-Redeye laid the groundwork for the formation of the journal at Western Law, and was a strong proponent of its online and open access motto. His work focuses on promoting access to justice, and he will be awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s inaugural Foundation Award alongside Justice Gauge in November of this year.
“This special issue demonstrates Western’s capacity to attract high-level international academic work” said Editor-in-Chief Raymond MacKinnon. “We are proud of the latest issue and of the fact that the journal continues to foster a progressive academic environment by providing a forum for a broad range of interesting and quality legal scholarship.”
The articles in the latest issue include:
- Class Action Intrusions: A Development In Privacy Rights or an Indeterminate Liability?
- Should Elephants Have Standing?
- Trans Rights Will Not Protect Us: The Limits of Equal Rights Discourse, Anti-Discrimination Laws, and Hate Crime Legislation
- Patent Laws: Advancing Innovation for the Public or Inflating Private Profits?
- The Case for An Inclusive Human Right to Property: Social Importance and Individual Self-Realization
- The Importance of Social Activism to a Fuller Concept of Law
The WJLS also revealed its new website this summer.
“We are very excited about it” said Eleni Petrou, Director of Marketing and Brand Development. “We are growing and evolving as a journal, and the new website marks the continued integration of the WJLS and the law school. It is a big step to have the journal accessible through the Faculty of Law’s website – this kind of support of our journal’s legal scholarship is tremendous.”