Call for Submissions

The McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (MJSDL) is currently accepting submissions for publication in 2019 (Volume 15).

The MJSDL is a bilingual, student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at McGill University's Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada. As an interdisciplinary publication, we encourage submissions from researchers, academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and students in a range of fields. We aim to provide a forum for debate and critical analysis about the economic, societal, and environmental issues surrounding sustainable development law and policy. We accept articles pertinent to any of these areas on a rolling basis to be considered for upcoming issues, but we present the following Volume 15 editorial focus to guide fresh inspiration: innovations in governance.

This editorial focus was itself inspired by the launch of a new facilitative dialogue approach to climate change governance, also known as the Talanoa Dialogue, at UNFCCC COP23 (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 23).


We are seeking submissions pertaining to all areas of sustainable development law, but we are particularly interested in submissions relating to innovations in governance.We invite authors to reflect on how their research interests might align with the following governance-related topics or an analogous one of their own making:

1. The development, launch, and recent progress of UNFCCC’s new facilitative dialogue approach:How do the principles underpinning the Talanoa Dialogue interact with fundamental assumptions of the UNFCCC, and how does this new approach impact traditional Party and non-Party stakeholder engagement?

2. The negotiation and creation of governance instruments: What are the implications of new legal instruments, international or regional, for the accomplishment of the United Nations Development Programme’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals? How successful have SDGs and other instruments been in addressing the issue of coherence in international governance of the environment?

3. The role of the Global South: What governance challenges do countries in the Global South face in implementing sustainable development and what innovative policy approaches and instruments are being advanced in this region?

4.The participation of Indigenous peoples and other subnational actors in resource management:How have a variety of stakeholders from First Nations to grassroots organizations to for-profit corporations petitioned domestic governments or courts, and what role do microfinance and blockchain have here? What multi-level governance agreements on resource management have been reached?

5. The resettlement of displaced persons: How might existing legal frameworks adapt to ensure the protection of marginalized groups in the face of climate-change-induced migration?

6. The risks associated with new sustainable development technologies: What governance structures might contribute to public safety and the protection of human rights in the implementation of new approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation, such as geo-engineering?

7. The prevention and management of marine pollution: In honour of 2018 being named Year of the Reef, what is the significance of subnational participation in the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification and what reflections can be made on the Honolulu Strategy? How might international governance respond to marine plastics?


Submissions are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. For priority consideration in Volume 15:1, we recommend that submissions be sent in by March 15, 2019. Our working priority deadline for Volume 15:2 is June 15, 2019.

Please send your submissions to Rebecca Schur, Volume 15 Editor-in-Chief, at [at] To view articles that the MJSDL has accepted for publication, please consult our archives, where past issues of the journal are available to view online for free.


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