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.

The current editor is Dr Elizabeth Macpherson.

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.

The Canterbury Law Review invites submissions by 2 July 2018 for its 2018 General Issue. Please distribute this call to anyone interested in submitting a paper to us.

Papers should comply with the following guidelines:

  • Papers should be submitted in electronic form using Microsoft Word or Open Office.
  • All references should comply with the requirements of the NZ Law Style Guide.
  • Articles may be accepted at any length up to a maximum of normally 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, subject to the discretion of the Editor.
  • The author should also supply an abstract of the submission of no more than 200 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 subject to an independent peer review process.
  • Articles must not have been published elsewhere.
  • On publication, copyright in the printed and electronic version will be vested in the Canterbury Law Review. Authors may disseminate a copy of the final author’s version submitted to the journal on platforms such as, SSRN or Research Gate.

Papers and queries should be forwarded to


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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