The Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) is delighted that the PKI Global Justice Journal will be published by the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

The Journal was originally established in 2017 by James Hendry and Pearl Eliadis to support CCIJ’s mission to assist people in Canada seeking justice for serious human rights violations and to engage with Canadians about international justice through education and awareness programming.

“The PKI Global Justice Journal was lucky from the get-go to have an inaugural editor-in-chief  like Jim Hendry, said Pearl Eliadis, who was one of inaugural co-editors in-chief “and we were very fortunate to have been joined in the project by experienced scholars and practitioners like Joseph Rikhof and Irit Weiser.”

Pearl and Jim worked together to develop the idea of moving the Journal to a university setting, and Queen’s offered a strong academic footing as one of Canada’s leading law schools. Prof. Sharry Aiken, a member of the CCIJ Board of Directors and a member of the Law Faculty at Queen’s University, is now co-editor-in-chief of the PKI Global Justice Journal,

“I think I can speak for all of us working on the Journal when I say that we are pleased and grateful for the warm welcome and the efforts of Prof. Aiken and the team at Queen’s to position the Journal in an academic setting. A university journal conduces to a strong commitment to quality, enhanced networking with scholars, and more debate about legal issues in which we share an interest,” said Jim Hendry, who continues his role as co-Editor-in-chief.

An online hybrid academic journal and blog, the Journal is designed to educate academics, students, and practitioners on developments in international human rights law, humanitarian law, international criminal law, and transnational and transitional justice. The Journal provides in-depth analyses, reviews of novel scholarly pieces, and interviews with experts. It responds to current issues such as outbreaks of international violence and decisions of the International Criminal Court. By inviting a plurality of views and voices to react to its content, the Journal also endeavours to create space for plural discussion and debate.

Recent articles published by the PKI Global Justice Journal include an interview with Prof. Noah Weisbord about his most recent book on the crime of aggression, two recent updates on the human rights crisis in Cameroon, and a critical look at the concept of genocide.

Prof. Aiken notes that the Journal is ideally suited as a home for commentaries prepared by students – both JD and graduate – who have researched a topic and want to share their findings with a broader audience.

Contributions, which may be made in English or French, are reviewed by an editorial board composed of 11 legal professionals and scholars from across Canada including Prof. Aiken, Prof. Robinson, Prof. Pearl Eliadis, and Mr. Hendry.

“The Journal was established to support CCIJ’s primary purpose of assisting people seeking justice for serious human rights violations,” says Mr. Hendry. “With the newfound support from Queen’s, we look forward to continuing to raise awareness on these issues, publishing regularly, continuing to build connections with other publications, and increasing the number of people discussing and debating the important issues we write about.”

“Queen’s Law is a world-class law school. I am thrilled that the Journal has found an institutional home with scholars and leading practitioners of this caliber,” said Prof. Eliadis, who will be a Visiting Fellow at Queen’s Law in 2020.

The Journal’s new website, globaljustice.queenslaw.ca, features the Journal’s complete catalogue of articles dating back to 2017.

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