The Asper Review welcomes submissions that are academically sound and accessible to a general audience. Topics should address trade issues that are of global interest or in which Canada has a material involvement.

Scope Statement

The Asper Review covers legal developments within public and private law, as well as relevant topics within economics and geo-politics. Academically sound works, accessible to the general public, are always welcomed on trade issues of global or Canadian interest. 

Submissions should generally be under 15,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). Submissions must be in word or word compatible formats and contain a 250 word or less abstract.

Articles are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the journal aims at a publication date in the fall therefore authors expected to be published at such a time must submit their articles in early spring.


The referencing style of Asper Review publications conform to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation 9th edition (McGill Guide). Authors that do not adhere to the rules set out in the McGill Guide may be asked to re-format their manuscript. Improper citations may significantly delay publication.

Some tools are available that help automate the citation process. Legal Citations Assistant (a free Google Doc Add-on) is specifically designed to enable semi-automated citations of legal references in conformity with the McGill Guide. Microsoft Word users could try Zotero to help automate this process.

Publications Ethics and malpractice statements 

Open access statement 

Content published in the Asper Review is available open access. Authors retain copyright in their work and grant the Asper Review the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC-BY-NC 4.0) that allows others to share the work for non-commercial purposes, with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Editor and reviewer expectations

The Asper Review is committed to publishing high quality articles covering legal developments within public and private law, as well as relevant topics within economics and geo-politics, based on intellectual merit and free of prejudice. To realize this goal, the editors of the Asper Review conduct an anonymous peer review by concealing the identities of the authors and reviewers from each other. Reviewers must alert the editors of the Asper Review of any potential conflict(s) of interest related to the manuscript and/or study.

Author expectations

The Asper Review expects authors to alert the editors of any potential conflict(s) of interest related to the manuscript and/or study. Authors must submit original content that is the product of their own intellect and cite the work of other authors appropriately. To ensure that the Asper Review adheres to the highest standards of academic integrity, it is expected that authors thoroughly research the truthfulness and accuracy of the statements they make. 

Peer review process / review policy

The peer review process at the Asper Review typically takes 1-2 months, however this process may take longer depending on staff availability. Reviewers recommend the publication of manuscripts based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the mandate of the journal
  • Thoroughness of research
  • Originality of the subject of the manuscript and the arguments made

The Asper Review assigns 1-3 reviewers to review a submission. Reviewers are generally academics or practicing lawyers with expertise in the subject matter of the submitted manuscript.

Sponsorship Disclosure 

The Asper Review is published with the support of the Asper Chair endowment fund.

Privacy Statement

The Asper Review will not share or publish data with the public or any third parties without permission from the author(s). The author(s) of accepted manuscripts are given the opportunity to review the final edit before it is published on various Asper Review dissemination platforms. 

Copyright Policy and Author Agreement

The Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License 4.0 International applies to all works published by the Asper Review. The authors of articles published in the Asper Review retain copyright of their published article and grant the Asper Review a perpetual license to reproduce the published articles in various forms of the Asper Review, including online and print, as well as the right to reproduce the articles for purposes that further the mandate of the Asper Review, including but not limited to, promoting journal content in various news pamphlets and social media.

Submissions: Please direct submissions to the Manitoba Law Journal Submission Form found here.

Asper Chair

Faculty of Law, Robson Hall

University of Manitoba

224 Dysart Road,

Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3T 2N2