Current Submissions

The Appeal Editorial Board is currently accepting submissions for Volume 21 (2016) on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions will be October 13, 2015 for papers that will be published in Spring 2016. Please note that we do not accept any submissions that are currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

APPEAL: Review of Current Law and Law Reform is an annual double-blind peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the University of Victoria.  The objective of APPEAL is to promote legal research and scholarship which views law in its social, political, and philosophical contexts. APPEAL is committed to publishing primarily student work and welcomes submissions year-round.

Please e-mail your submissions to

 Information for Authors

APPEAL is the student run law journal at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. The journal values readability and originality. We welcome topical submissions that discuss legal issues of current importance. We encourage submissions to reflect the journal’s creative and innovative character. Shorter articles, case commentaries or book reviews are accepted.

APPEAL offers commentary on contemporary issues arising in the Canadian, comparative, and international legal contexts. APPEAL publishes student papers that demonstrate insightful analysis of current legal issues and address possibilities forCanadian law reform. APPEAL publishes exceptional student scholarship, including all work completed while studying at any law school at the undergraduate or graduate level. Accordingly, papers submitted by articling students, clerking students and recent graduates are eligible for publication. APPEAL also considers submissions from graduate students in any discipline provided that submitted papers are on a legal topic consistent with the above submission criteria. Submissions may be any length, but a word count in the range of 3000 to 9000 words is suggested.

Once received, APPEAL will submit papers to an intensive selection process, including reviews by volunteer editors, the Editorial Board and legal experts. APPEAL does not accept submissions that are currently under consideration by other journals. The Editorial Board will attempt to advise authors as early as possible as to whether their paper has been accepted for publication.

Please ensure that papers are submitted in their final version. All submissions must be in Word Document format. Accepted authors will have an opportunity to review proofs and to correct typographical errors, but should make every effort to submit their paper in a state ready for publication. All papers must adhere to the style guide of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2010). This includes citations.

Please include the title of the paper on the first text page of the submission. The author’s name, affiliation or educational information, the title of the paper, and other personally identifiable information, such as acknowledgments, should be included on a separate cover page. Authors agree to publish their paper exclusively with APPEAL, and to notify APPEAL should they wish to withdraw a submission.

Please see Appeal‘s current Style Guide: Appeal Style Guidelines (2015)