Alberta Law Review
|Alberta Law Quarterly|
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|Alta. Law Rev.|
The Alberta Law Review Society (Canada)
The Alberta Law Review is a peer-reviewed law review or legal journal, published quarterly by the Alberta Law Review Society. The Society is a non-profit organization consisting entirely of students from both the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.
The Law Review has published issues consistently since 1955. Nonetheless, its predecessor, the Alberta Law Quarterly, was established in 1934 by University of Alberta law students. It has the largest distribution of any university-based law review in Canada with over 2500 subscribers. Its purpose is "to promote legal research and scholarship and to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary legal issues."
The Law Review is unique from other law reviews in Canada in that it is operated by students from two law schools, whereas other reviews are typically staffed by students of one school. The editorial board is chosen from second year law students by the Editors-in-Chief. The University of Alberta editors elect two Editors-in-Chief and the University of Calgary editors elect one Associate Editor-in-Chief. The activities of the Law Review are funded partly by subscriptions world wide and through funds provided by the Law Society of Alberta.
The work of the Law Review is conducted primarily at the Hon. W. A. Stevenson House, located in the University of Alberta's East Campus Village. The house is named after the Law Review's founding editor, the Hon. W. A. Stevenson, who subsequently became a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and continues to support the Law Review as adviser and benefactor.
Notable past editors
Other than Hon. W.A. Stevenson mentioned above, former editors include Beverly McLachlin, the Chief Justice of Canada, and numerous members of the Court of Appeal of Alberta such as the Hon. Jean E.L. Côté and the Hon. Peter T. Costigan.
Petroleum law edition
One of four issues published annually in the Law Review consists entirely of petroleum law related articles. The articles are typically presented at an annual conference in Banff, Alberta.