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Canterbury Law Review

07 January 2024

UC's School of Law is home to the Canterbury Law Review (CantaLR). This peer-reviewed scholarly law journal publishes original content to the highest editorial standards. It facilitates academic excellence and the diffusion of legal academic work in NZ and the world. Learn more about the Canterbury Law Review.


Canterbury Law Review

The University of Canterbury School of Law is home to the Canterbury Law Review  (CantaLR) which is a peer-reviewed scholarly law journal publishing original content to the highest editorial standards, facilitating academic excellence and the diffusion of legal academic work within New Zealand and the world.

The CLR is a scopus indexed journal. The CantaLR is the second most-read law journal in New Zealand (Journal use: 462,014 for 2018) and enjoys domestic, regional and international scholarly esteem.

In recent years the CantaLR has become the leading New Zealand publisher of socio-legal and interdisciplinary law scholarship, as well as publishing more 'traditional' doctrinal work. It therefore plays a unique and critical role in the development of New Zealand legal scholarship. 

The CantaLR is widely available in academic libraries across New Zealand in addition to overseas. Online access is available via Informit, Heinonline and NZLII.

The CantaLR was first published in 1980. It has grown significantly since its inception and now has a large local and international subscriber base. It is a fully refereed, annual publication (ISSN 0112-0581) and all submitted manuscripts are assessed by external academics with relevant expertise.

"The most recent edition of the Canterbury Law Review in CantaLR 2021 Volume 28 published on 20 February 2023." 

Canterbury Law Review Volume 29 Table of Contents

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Editor:  Dr Marozane Spamers

Associate Editor: TBC

Canterbury Trust Board: Professor W. John Hopkins

Assistant to the Editor: TBC

Editorial Board:

Dr Matthew Barber

Professor Annick Masselot

Dr Elizabeth Macpherson 

Dr Adrienne Paul

Dr Abby Suszko

Professor Debra Wilson

Dr Toni Collins

The CantaLR is published by the Canterbury Law Review Trust, a charitable trust committed to the promotion of legal research and scholarship and the advancement of legal education in New Zealand.

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.

Publishing Ethics

The CantaLR is an independent academic journal that supports the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPEPrinciples of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

The CantaLR is published in accordance with its Code of Practice and Ethics Canterbury Law Review Publishing Ethics.

Articles published in earlier volumes of the CantaLR 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.

Call for Papers - Canterbury Law Review 2023

The CantaLR invites submissions by 1 May 2024 for its 2024 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.
  • 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 article must be fully-anonymised. The author should submit a separate document with the author's full name, present position, qualifications and contact details, including an e-mail address.
  • The CantaLR is a fully refereed journal. Every manuscript submitted will be subject to an independent peer review process.
  • Articles must not have been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • On publication, copyright in the printed and electronic versions will be vested in the CantaLR. 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
Faculty of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Orders are available via the online subscription form.

The Canterbury Law Review should be cited as:

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


To ‘promote legal research and scholarship’, the Trust will entertain applications for small grants of up to $5,000 in support of legal research and scholarship.

This support is entirely at the discretion of the Trust, and is not confined to any particular form of support.


  1. There is no application form. All applications are to be made in writing to the Chair of the Trust spelling out:
    1. the nature of the support sought
    2. the reasons why the Trust should support it
    3. how the proposal promotes legal research and scholarship
    4. and a detailed budget, including justification of each item of proposed expenditure.
  2. There is no entitlement to any funds. Funding is at the complete discretion of the Trustees and decisions of the Trust are final. The Trust will, however, look favourably upon applications that have a link with the University of Canterbury and the Canterbury Law Review.
  3. Publications from a funded proposal may be required to be offered for publication in the Canterbury Law Review.
  4. GST will not be paid to applicants who are GST registered or who undertake the research as part of an organization that is GST registered (including but not limited to academic staff of universities) and such applicants should not include a claim for GST in their proposed budgets.
  5. Funding of amounts up to and including $1000 will be paid after the fact on production of proof of payment for items or services. Proof may consist of receipts or copies of bank statements.
  6. Funding of amounts over $1000 will be paid up-front to a nominated bank account as soon as reasonably practicable after the application has been considered, but proof of payment must be made within six months or funds granted must be returned. Any funds not expended within six months will also have to be returned.
  7. Successful applicants must file a short report within 30 days of expenditure of the funds or conclusion of the funded activity, whichever is the later. The report must itemize how the grant was expended and explain how it promoted legal research and scholarship.
  8. Successful applicants must acknowledge the funding in any publications, advertisements or events which result partially or fully from the funding.
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