Change and Consistency in the Shaping of the Ottawa Law Review.

AuthorRoss, Cereise
PositionSpecial Issue: The Challenge of Meeting Change in Legal Education

The Ottawa Law Review (OLR) is a bilingual academic journal devoted to excellence in legal scholarship and the promotion of a diversity of opinions on a wide variety of issues. The journal is controlled, administered, and edited by the students of the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin Territory.

C'est grace a leur support que la Revue de droit d'Ottawa continue d'etre une organisation d'excellence. Cette annee, nous celebrons un evenement marquant dans l'histoire de la RDO: nous allons publier notre 50e volume.

The OLR has been committed to publishing high-quality articles since its founding in 1966. This commitment is the foundation of its reputation. For our authors, the OLR is an innovative, open-access platform that advances novel legal scholarship; for our readers, the OLR is a first-rate source of research of the highest quality; and, for our editorial staff of 100 brilliant law students, the OLR offers practical opportunities to develop their legal research and writing skills, and to find mentorship from their colleagues. As the OLR enters a new era of academic publishing, it must honour its authors, readers, and editors by adapting to technology and adopting new media.

Much has changed in the world since the first OLR volume went to print. Nearly fifty-three years ago, pre-Charter laws, judiciaries, and academics dictated legal scholarship. The world was in a state of protest against governments, racial injustice, and economic inequity. Two of the biggest causes for protests were the Vietnam War and the ongoing lack of civil rights in the US and elsewhere. As is often the ironic and unfortunate habit of history, the economic, political, and social turmoil of 1966 is strikingly similar to issues of 2019. Today, despite the state of the world and the law, the OLR's commitment to publishing academic scholarship of the highest quality remains steadfast.

Information is available at our fingertips and novel ideas are engaged with at an unprecedented speed. Legal discussion and debates that were once reserved for exclusive and seldom accessed printed journals have now moved into the public domain. In response, the OLR has joined this public sphere as an open-access journal...

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