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A series of versions of Canadian Flags illustrating the cover of the Manitoba Law Journal Volume 46 Issue 1, designed by Lily Deardorff.

The cover art of the Manitoba Law Journal's Volume 46, Issue 1 explores an uncertain tension within political pluralism in a Canadian context.

Manitoba Law Journal publishes special issue on Canada’s Emergencies Act

International consortium of scholars contributes to important trilogy of forthcoming volumes

August 23, 2023 — 

The Executive Editors of the Manitoba Law Journal, Dr. Bryan P. Schwartz and Dr. Darcy L. MacPherson are pleased to announce the August release of a special issue on Canada’s Emergencies Act: Beyond the Rouleau Report (Volume 46, Issue 1).

This project was conceived by Dr. Nomi Claire Lazar (Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa) and Dr. Jocelyn Stacey (Associate Professor, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia) and an international consortium of scholars consisting of 15 key contributors across Canada and the United States.  The MLJ’s Digital Editor, Lily Deardoff, has provided an original cover design to reflect the nature of the publication and the issues involved. The faculty and student editors at the MLJ have worked for many months to assist with completing the peer-review process and the detailed copy-editing of the material, to ensure the publication meets the highest professional standards.

The MLJ is committed to encouraging and publishing independent and high calibre commentary on current developments in law and society. The Emergencies Act issue is part of a trilogy of MLJ special issues relating to how Canada’s legal system reacts to times of crisis. The next issue, edited by Schwartz and MacPherson, will focus on how the legal system in Manitoba moved towards online dispute resolution in the COVID context. The third issue will contain a series of oral histories by senior lawmakers in Manitoba about how the COVID crisis was managed as a whole.

The current issue is being released electronically and is immediately available on the Manitoba Law Journal website, and also through a wide variety of free, public access channels, including the University of Alberta open access system and CanLII.  The MLJ is also available through commercial outlets including Westlaw, Lexis and Hein Online. Print-on-demand as well as download versions of the current volume will be available at

Later this fall, Lazar and Stacey will make hardcopies of Volume 46(1) available to key decision-makers in the field. This issue will be published at a pivotal moment in Canadian history. With the House of Commons reconvening and the Prime Minister’s response to the Rouleau report imminent, the topics addressed in the issue will be critical reading for academic and government researchers and representatives.

The MLJ strives to be a forum for lively, independent and scholarly content for legal issues that are of interest to Manitobans and the Canadian public generally.  The MLJ has served the communities of Manitoba for over six decades, and in recent years become the most prolific law journal in Canada. In the past decade, it has won three Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) awards that reflect its high quality. This year, the MLJ has entered the top echelon in Canada on Google Scholar rankings for law journals, and its content is frequently cited in court decisions as well as other academic journals.

The Executive Editors welcome visitors to the MLJ website, to explore the many latest additions to its publishing program along with this important new release on the Emergencies Act.

For information and inquiries, including media interviews,  please contact bryan [dot] schwartz [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

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