Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice



In this Special Issue of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, we will explore the theme of access to knowledge within a social justice paradigm and invite contributions from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.


The increased commodification of ideas, innovations and knowledge through international trade and international intellectual property agreements has been met with strong resistance. Resistance has taken multiple forms. Direct challenges to the hegemony of the current international trade and international intellectual property regimes have manifested themselves in the establishment of a development agenda for WIPO and the Doha Declaration for the WTO. In addition, scholars have been arguing for greater balance between international trade and access to knowledge imperatives by advancing more expansive interpretations of exceptions and limitations on intellectual property rights, especially copyright. Other initiatives position access to knowledge within international human rights agreements (ex: article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and similar international instruments.  Still others focus on new international agreements on access to knowledge issues to counter-balance the international trade and international intellectual property agenda (ex: UNESCO Convention on The Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions).  At the grass-roots advocacy level, counter-hegemonic initiatives like the “A2K movement” have emerged bringing together civil society groups, NGOs, consumers rights advocates, among others in the call to situate knowledge within a social justice framework.


We invite submissions dealing with social justice in access to knowledge in the broadest sense. Without limiting the scope of the subject-matter and its treatment, we would especially welcome timely and topical papers that focus on access to knowledge and its intersection with development issues, cultural rights, intellectual property rights, international human rights, international trade, open access publishing, the A2K movement or any combination thereof.

Deadline for submissions is MAY 31, 2013.



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Articles, case/legislation comments and notes, book reviews, or other manuscripts will be considered for review. Manuscripts must conform to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal. Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file.


Please see the Yearbook website at for submission guidelines and other information.


Created in 1979, the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice is the oldest Canadian journal devoted to the transcultural and transnational study of individuals and groups excluded from the protections of the domestic or international legal orders. The Yearbook is independently refereed, publishes French and English essays and book reviews, is faculty-run and is supported by a distinguished Advisory Board. The Yearbook encourages essays from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, history and comparative literature as well as law.


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