Canterbury Law Review

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The University of Canterbury School of Law is home to the Canterbury Law Review, which was first published in 1980. The Review has grown since inception and now has a large local and international subscriber base.

The journal is a fully refereed, annual publication (ISSN 0112-0581). All submitted manuscripts are assessed by external academics with relevant expertise. This has given the Canterbury Law Review international status and puts it among the leading New Zealand legal publications.

Canterbury Law Review Vol 23 2017

The current editor is Dr John Hopkins.

Over the years, there have been many exciting contributions from renowned academics, judges and politicians published.

The number of international contributors has increased significantly within the last five years.

The review has recently produced a number of themed editions focussing on current issues in New Zealand and the Pacific.

Articles published in earlier volumes of the Canterbury Law Review are accessible from the New Zealand Legal Information Institute

The Canterbury Law Review Prize, instituted in 1993, provides a further opportunity for students. The prize is awarded to the student who produces the best research paper as part of the requirements for an undergraduate degree in law.

The winning paper is published in the Review. In addition to the prestige of publication, the student author receives a prize of $500.

Contributions to the Canterbury Law Review are welcome. In preparing manuscripts, contributors should note the following:

  • Electronic manuscripts prepared using Open Office Formatare preferred.
  • Paper manuscripts should be double spaced on one side of A4 paper only.
  • If a paper manuscript is accepted for publication, an electronic version must also be provided.
  • Generally, articles should not exceed 15,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
  • The author should also supply a precis of the submission of no more than 150 words.
  • The author's name should appear under the title of the article. An asterisked footnote should be added, giving the author's present position, qualifications and contact details, including e-mail address.
  • The Canterbury Law Review is a fully refereed journal. Every manuscript submitted will be assessed by at least one independent academic with relevant expertise in the area.
  • Articles which have been published in any other publication will not be considered.
  • On publication, copyright is vested in the Canterbury Law Review.

The Canterbury Law Review has adopted the NZ Law Style Guide as its standard format. Contributors should comply with its requirements.

Manuscripts or queries should be submitted to or:

The Editor

Canterbury Law Review
School of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Subscription and account enquiries please contact Fiona Saunders

Orders available, please click here online subscription form.

The Canterbury Law Review should be cited thus:

(Year) Volume Canta LR Page e.g. (2002) 8 Canta LR 237

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