About our Mission

The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development was established in 2000 by Professor Abdul Paliwala of the University of Warwick’s School of Law. It quickly became an innovative new peer-review Law journal. As stated in the Editorial of the first issue, the journal’s subject was “legal issues surrounding the impact of globalisation on social development and justice around the world”.

It was delivered as one of three new generation ‘e-journals’ based at the University’s School of Law, and whose rationale was part innovation in the new communications media (using online technology for open access dissemination) and part ethical (to extend existing academic research in a more democratic way, as free at the point of use, with minimal copyright, and mostly, open to collaboration and participation with scholars in the Global South.)


Haystack, by Jasmine Johnson
Haystack, by Jasmine Johnson

Today the Journal is an interdisciplinary peer-review research journal, attracting scholars as well as non-academic researchers from many fields. It is Open Access and available online under basic copyright agreements. It responds to the complex relationship between globalisation, social justice and development and features a diversity of work, forming a platform for critical research on areas that require interdisciplinary scrutiny. These include,

  • democratisation
  • constitutionalism
  • globalisation and economic liberalisation
  • human rights and cultural rights
  • gender justice and women’s issues
  • global governance and social movements.

The Journal carries double blind peer-reviewed articles and is supported by both a Journal Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board. It is committed to diversity in methodology, theory and the regional-cultural backgrounds of authors. It especially welcomes contributions from scholars and practitioners (e.g. NGO workers, teachers or activists) based in the Global South and transitional economies.

The Journal is committed to transnational collaboration and solidarity with scholars, researchers, NGO workers and activists. It welcomes proposals for special issues, particularly emerging from new research, public or professional symposia, conferences and development projects.

The Editors in Chief welcome a diversity of submissions, and has a rolling Call for Papers, including:

  • special contributions
  • practice and perspective commentaries
  • book reviews
  • conference reports and papers
  • conferences
  • workshops and other opportunities in the field.

An example of past themes and topics include the subjects of gender and globalisation; culture and development; domestic violence; migration and refugee rights; role and funding of NGOs; legal discourse around displacement; reproductive health, politics and ethics of public health; reports on tribunals and World Bank meetings; human trafficking, child labour; education and neoliberal economic globalisation.