The “McGill GLSA Research Series” is an annual publication after the Graduate Law Student Association (GLSA) Conference. As the conference is organised under a different theme every year, the theme of the publication will also change accordingly, apart from a section devoted to international law. In addition to the yearly publication, the “Research Series” also hopes to provide a space for publication of ‘Special issues’, devoted to the publication of proceedings after other events co-organised by the GLSA or with participation of McGill Law graduate students.

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Volume 3 Publication


We're happy to announce the publication of Volume 3 of the McGill GLSA Research Series: Law & Prejudice. The journal can be accessed below. 

Volume 2


We are now preparing ourselves for the second volume of the McGill GLSA Research Series!

Vol. 3 No. 1 (2024): Law & Prejudice

This volume consists of selected papers presented during the 16th edition of the annual McGill Graduate Law Conference. The conference was entitled “Law and Prejudice”, and took place on May, 4-5, 2023 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Law is often perceived to affect attitudes and behaviours beyond its instrumental consequences. Legal rules can shape public behaviour beyond deterrence, which makes law a powerful tool for communicating norms and values. Law is assumed to mirror social consensus, which is why scholars have wondered whether law might change prejudice and, consequently, affect domains beyond the law’s grasp. However, while changes, movements, voices and issues may develop and alter the social fabric, it is possible that the law may be slow to catch up. The resulting redundancy in law may, sometimes, go unnoticed and shackle the very people or issues the law was enacted to protect. Subjects such as climate change, gender equality issues, and invasion of privacy, in addition to many others, increasingly challenge our existing conceptions of legal normativity. Identifying the prejudices in law and criticizing them in relation to the current social reality is, thus, indispensable and, arguably, necessary.

Published: 2024-06-26

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