About the Journal

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.

The journal is published electronically through this website, HeinOnline, CanLII, and LexisNexis QuickLaw.

Become a subscriber: visit https://extrweb.uvic.ca/donate-online/law-journal.


APPEAL periodically produces podcasts on contemporary issues in Canadian law. Visit our podcast page: https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/stareindecisis/.

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.

Review Guidelines

APPEAL 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.

Publication Frequency

Appeal is published once annually in the spring.

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.

To receive print copies, please subscribe here: https://extrweb.uvic.ca/donate-online/law-journal.


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.