The scholarly legal journal Les Cahiers de droit was founded at Laval University in 1954, and since that time has played a key role in the development and evolution of the law. As a peer-reviewed scientific research journal, it receives financial support from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which has described Les Cahiers de droit as “the best French-language legal journal in Canada.”
The journal is aimed mainly at academics and legal practitioners, and is published quarterly. A thematic or semi-thematic issue appears each year, looking in more depth at a topic of current interest or a little-explored field of the law. Each issue contains articles on legal doctrine, with abstracts in French and English, notes, and book reviews.
The journal provides an important tribune for legal experts in the civil law tradition. Its influence is felt throughout the Québec legal community and extends to the rest of Canada, the United States and Europe, especially France. It has become a significant presence in major law offices and legal affairs divisions within the public administration. Its list of subscribers includes most Canadian and American university libraries, and many institutions in France. The journal is dynamic, accessible and widely distributed, and as a result has become an essential element in the field of scientific research on the law.