Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

APPEAL: Review Of Current Law And Law Reform is the only law journal published through the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law. APPEAL is student-run and features student legal writing from across Canada.

APPEAL offers insightful commentary on contemporary issues. The journal publishes articles that demonstrate a timely analysis of current legal issues and that address possibilities for Canadian law reform. APPEAL recognizes and supports students whose legal writing demonstrates a high level of academic excellence by publishing their writing in an annual journal that is read by legal practitioners, students, and the general public.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

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. Submissions may be any length, but a word count in the range of 3000 to 9,000 words is suggested.

After each volume's submission deadline, APPEAL will submit papers to an intensive selection process, including reviews by volunteer editors, the Editorial Board and legal experts. The Editorial Board will attempt to advise authors as early as possible as to whether their paper has been accepted for publication.



Publication Frequency

Appeal is published once annually. Volume 23 was published in March 2018.

To purchase back issues or to become a subscriber, please direct any inquires to appeal@uvic.ca.


Open Access Policy

APPEAL provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

APPEAL is also available through print subscription, LexisNexis QuickLaw and HeinOnline.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...



Volunteers are important to the success of APPEAL. Volunteers are recruited to read and critique submitted papers. If you would like to volunteer with APPEAL, please contact us at appeal@uvic.ca. APPEAL also thanks the members of past Editorial Boards.