New editors for The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence announced

August 22, 2022

The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence has new editors! Western Law Professors Margaret Martin and Zoë Sinel are excited to keep up the momentum of the journal after taking over from Professor Andrew Botterell. The journal, established in 1988, serves as a forum for special and general jurisprudence and legal philosophy. It publishes articles that address the nature of law, engage in philosophical analysis or criticism of legal doctrine, examine the form and nature of legal or judicial reasoning, investigate issues concerning the ethical aspects of legal practice, and study (from a philosophical perspective) concrete legal issues facing contemporary society.

Professor Martin’s areas of expertise include legal theory, criminal theory, political philosophy, and constitutional law. Her monograph, Judging Positivism, was published by Hart Publishing in 2014. Margaret is co-editing a forthcoming volume, titled New Essays on the Fish-Dworkin Debate, which will be published in 2023 by Hart Publishing. This book features contributions by prominent legal philosophers, including Stanley Fish.

Professor Sinel researches and teaches in private law and legal theory, with a particular focus on civil remedies for private wrongdoing. She is currently working on two SSHRC-funded projects in private law and legal theory: a monograph on tort law’s treatment of emotions; and the Tort Law and Social Equality Project, a website devoted to the creation of a network of tort law scholars to engage with the social contexts in which tort law develops and the marginalized groups it affects.

The expertise Professors Sinel and Martin bring to the journal is also highlighted in the emerging research strength in legal theory and legal philosophy at Western Law. Both professors belong to Western Law’s recently established Legal Philosophy Research Group, a group dedicated to promoting and fostering engagement with theoretical issues in law among faculty, graduate students, and JD students.

Together Professors Sinel and Martin are excited to continue Professor Botterell and Emeritus Professor Richard Bronaugh’s work of disseminating significant contributions in legal philosophy through the journal. To read past journal articles or make a new submission please check the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence website!