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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 18 Recruitment

APPLICATIONS for 2021-2022 are now open! 

McGill Law students are encouraged to apply for positions with the MJSDL for Volume 18 (September 2021 to August 2022).

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are now due Friday, September 17th at 11:59 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 CV and a cover letter as a single PDF document. 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!

Associate Editor Applications: 

MJSDL Associate Editor - Application Form

FileArticle (English)

RDDDM rédacteur / rédactrice associé.e - Formulaire de candidature

FileArticle (French)

Associate Managing Editor Applications:

MJSDL Associate Managing Editor - Application Form

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



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.
12 Sep 2020
Under the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI), Canada outpaces Costa Rica in "perception" but not in "performance." This piece examines what Canada can learn from Costa Rica about biodiversity preservation and how the country may offer a useful model for change in Canada.
25 Aug 2020
In May 2020, Emma Walsh, our Summer Office Manager, attended the "Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law: International Legal Symposium" hosted by our partners at the CISDL. The panel asked, "why and how could a human-rights based approach to climate change yield better results than simply focusing on emission reductions? Given that access to energy determines levels of development, should there be a human right to energy and if so, what role would renewables play? What standard of care would be implied by a “human right to a stable climate” and what is expected of States?" Emma reports on this engaging discussion.
7 Feb 2020
In November 2019, British Columbia became the first Canadian province to pass the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in what is known as Bill 41. This article evaluates the contents of the Bill and its potential impact. It also examines the success of Bolivia's incorporation of the Declaration in its domestic law - the only other country to do so.
26 Jan 2020
This article examines the environmental effects of the pipeline industry, with specific attention paid to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It further discusses limitations of Canada's regulation of the industry.


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