Contributions should have a title which is both concise and descriptive. Titles to articles should be centred. Type in capitals and emphasise in bold.
All articles should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words.
Name and Autobiographical Notes
Contributors are requested to supply their full name in whatever convention they personally prefer, not necessarily adopting the first name followed by last name convention. Autobiographical details should appear as the first footnote of each contribution, and include the contributor’s academic and professional qualifications, institutional affiliation, and current title. Acknowledgements (if any) may also be included.
The number of levels of headings should not normally exceed four.
- First level headings should be centred. Type in capitals/small capitals. Precede by capitalised roman numerals, e.g., I, II, etc.
I. FIRST LEVEL HEADING IN CAPITALS/SMALL CAPITALS
- Second level headings should be centred. Type with initial capitals for main words only and italicise. Precede by capitalised alphabets, e.g. A, B, etc.
A. Second Level Heading in Italics
- Third level headings should be flush left. Type with initial capitals for the first word and proper names only and italicise. Precede by arabic numbering, e.g., 1, 2, etc.
1. Third level heading in Italics
- Fourth level headings should be flush left. Type with initial capitals for the first word and proper names only and italicise. Precede by alphabets in parentheses, e.g., (a), (b), etc. End with a colon and run into text.
(a) Fourth level headings in Italics: [Run into text…]
References and Citations
Citations should conform as closely as possible to the McGill Law Journal, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed. (Toronto: Carswell 2011). The publishers are unable to check the accuracy of references and citations and it is the contributor’s responsibility to ensure that all references and citations are correct.
Quotations should be clearly indicated and it is vital that they are accurate.
- Where letters or words are replaced or inserted within a quotation, the replacement or inserted letters or words should be indicated in brackets “[ ]“.
- Where words, phrases or sentences are omitted within a quotation, the omission should be indicated by ellipses “…”. No indication of punctuation before or after the ellipse is necessary.
- Where the quotation will run to more than forty words it should be typed as a separate paragraph, left-indented and right-indented.
- Double quotation marks should be inserted at the beginning and end of every quotation, but not when the entire quotation is indented or at the beginning of every new paragraph within a quotation.
- Single quotation marks should be used at the beginning and end of quotations within quotations.
Use of Capital Letters
Where reference is made to a specific office, organisation or body then the capital letters should be used. Where the reference is general or non-specific then the lower case letter should be used.
Abbreviations and Contractions
Where a word or words are abbreviated or contracted, the period should be used in conjunction with all abbreviations and contractions except in the case of proper names. For example, “Company” is abbreviated to “Co.”, “exempli gratia” is abbreviated to “e.g.”, “free trade agreements” is abbreviated to “F.T.A.s”, and “Limited” is contracted to “Ltd.”, whereas the “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation” is abbreviated to “UNESCO”, the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” is abbreviated to “ICCPR” and the “Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act” is abbreviated to “RECJA”.
Foreign words not currently absorbed into the English language should be italicised, e.g., “cestui que trust“, “jus gentium“, “lex mercatoria” etc.