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The McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL), formerly McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP), provides a forum in which the world’s leading scholars exchange ideas on the intersection between law, development, the environment, economics, and society. Over the past quarter-century, determining how to enrich our world in a more sustainable fashion has become an imperative, especially given the impact of development on the environment and human rights. Despite this pressing need for new ideas, there are few outlets for informed and focused commentary on sustainability, particularly in Canada. In response to this void, students at the Faculty of Law of McGill University established the MJSDL, a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal, in 2004.

McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL) Volume 17 Recruitment

APPLICATIONS for 2020-2021 have now ended. Thank you to all who applied.

McGill Law students are encouraged to apply for positions with the MJSDL for Volume 17 (September 2020 to August 2021).

The application packages for Associate Editor and Associate Managing Editor positions are now available for download. Descriptions of these positions are provided in the application forms.

Applications were due by Friday, September 11th at 5:00 pm EST to [at] (subject: Editor%20Application%2C%20Fall%202020, body: Dear%20Arsalan%2C%20Emma%2C%20and%20Dena%2C%0A%0AAttached%2C%20you%20will%20find%20my%202020%20MJSDL%20Editor%20application.%0A%0AThank%20you.) .

Associate Editor and Associate Managing Editor applicants are asked to submit a brief CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter. If you are applying for an Associate Editor position, we also ask that you complete two exercises: you will 1) critically evaluate an article and 2) verify the form of footnotes. You may choose to evaluate either the English article or the French article. Please see the instructions provided in the application packages below.

Please send any questions you may have to [at] (subject: Editor%20Application%2C%20Fall%202020, body: Dear%20Arsalan%2C%20Emma%2C%20and%20Dena%2C%0A%0AAttached%2C%20you%20will%20find%20my%202020%20MJSDL%20Editor%20application.%0A%0AThank%20you.) .

We look forward to receiving your applications!

MJSDL Associate Editor - Application Form

FileArticle (English)

RDDDM rédacteur / rédactrice associé.e - Formulaire de candidature

FileArticle (French)

MJSDL Associate Managing Editor - Application Form

RDDDM rédacteur administratif / rédactrice administrative associé.e - Formulaire de candidature



23 Feb 2021
This piece by Noble Mawutor K. Alifo examines the multi-dimensional issues of farmer-pastoralist conflicts and climate change in the Sahelian region of Africa. It offers a list of sustainability factors to address the numerous challenges affecting the region.
22 Feb 2021

The paradigm of sustainable development has held the world’s attention since the late 1980’s.

10 Feb 2021

In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth report on the status of the climate crisis.

3 Feb 2021

Le 26 février 2019, les habitants de la ville de Toledo ont choisi d’octroyer au Lac Érié des droits généralement associés à l’espèce humaine[1].

26 Jan 2021
This blog article covers a recent announcement by Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change concerning the ban of single-use plastic food take-out containers and straws. While the proposed legislation may solve one problem, it may create new ones. This blog, authored by Joe Ackerman, Ph.D., David McRobert and Meg Sears, Ph.D. takes a closer look.


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