The law journal Les Cahiers de droit has a long tradition of scientific and editorial rigour. It was founded in 1954, and since then its mission has been to disseminate research that contributes either to a better fundamental understanding of the law, or to the development of the law to meet the needs of society. It contains high-quality, in-depth and previously unpublished articles on all aspects of the civil and common law. Like most North American law periodicals, it does not specialize in a specific area of the law, but presents the full spectrum of legal research liable to interest readers with a range of focuses and needs, including university researchers, legislative drafters, judges, administrators and legal practitioners. The journal's readership extends beyond the legal community, and it covers pluri-disciplinary research with a legal component, for example in the fields of psychology, linguistics, philosophy and economics.
The journal is essentially a French-language publication, but sometimes includes articles in English. It targets the wider Francophone world and publishes authors from many different countries, while being read on all continents. From this point of view the journal constitutes a kind of civil law observatory containing research in a wide range of legal fields, including comparative law, theory, and positive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary law. In addition to its main focus on French-language civil law, the journal also examines the fundamental nature of Canada's dual (common/civil law) legal system and the pluri-culturalism it engenders. While offering a tribune to the community of civil law researchers, the journal also acts as a laboratory for comparative law.
The journal's objective is to publish articles that examine the law from a scientific point of view, along with contributions that present a non-legal analysis of legal phenomena. As a result, the journal accepts informative articles that target the conceptualization and systematization of the law, while giving priority to articles that take a theoretical approach and provide input for the creation and renewal of legal doctrine. Another important area is legal criticism and institutional reform. The journal highlights new and evolving fields of law, covering topics such as the impact of new technologies on the law, gender issues, democratic governance, changes to family law, religious pluralism, environmental protection, research ethics, e-commerce law, and the impact of globalization on workers' rights, consumer protection and indigenous peoples' rights. In short, the journal's goal is to present an encyclopaedic view of advances in the field of law, while leaving room for cutting-edge research in both the applied and prospective fields.