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Les Cahiers de droit – thematic issue scheduled for publication in February 2020 - Sentiments

Joy, fear, shame, jealousy, sadness, gratefulness or, as listed in the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, pleasure, revenge, love, tenderness, hate, anger, pity and so on. The words are familiar from the fields of psychology and literature—but what about the law? They are not part of the legal vocabulary; legislative and normative texts, from constitutions to codes and regulations, deliberately rely on technical and neutral terms that convey no sense of emotion. Even charters, which deal more directly with the human condition, have no specific vocabulary to describe it.

On the other hand, the same words can clearly apply to legal situations without being explicitly expressed. Sentiments are, after all, universally human and without its human aspect, the law would not exist.

The link between sentiments and the law quickly leads to criminal law, a natural catalogue of ignoble human behaviour, from a jealous spouse dreaming of revenge to a disillusioned plotter or a shameless swindler. On a more positive note, love is also present, since conjugal and filial love provide the legal grounds for support, alimony and respect.

Clearly, ethics are a part of legal debate and procedure, and help give life to, implement and reflect on legal questions. It is highly probable that every facet of the law is affected by the colourful range of sentiments. And what about the use of "sentiment" in compound terms such as the sentiment of justice, sentiment of partiality, or feeling of guilt? These and other terms must be taken into account.

Authors submitting papers for this thematic issue are expected to look beyond, or behind, the words of the law (in the broadest sense) and the judiciary, to see where and how feelings are expressed.

This thematic issue of Les Cahiers de droit will be edited by Professor Sylvette Guillemard of the Faculty of Law at Université Laval. Papers 20 to 30 pages long (1.5 line spacing, including notes, around 20,000 words) must be submitted by e-mail ( before 1 February 2020.

The journal Les Cahiers de droit publishes original papers in French and English. All submitted texts are assessed anonymously by two external experts. The style sheet is available on the journal's website at:



Les Cahiers de droit - Thematic Issue, June 2021 - Consumer Law

For a number of years now, the humanities have been describing consumers as reasonable persons whose concerns extend at times beyond their own material interests. In keeping with new concepts of what it means to be a citizen, this re‑imagining of consumers emphasizes their power to affect the production of goods through their purchases. Meanwhile, a growing number of consumers and organizations are uniting under a renewed group awareness that seeks to influence public policy and that claims rights that go far beyond individual self‑interest. Against this background, today’s consumers play a wider and more important societal role than the one ascribed to them by Keynesian economic theories of material satisfaction. While no consensus has been reached on the scope and form of consumers’ new role, it is undeniable that a shift is underway in the conception and societal function of the consumer.

Les Cahiers de Droit knows that the legal world is not immune to this conceptual and systemic shift and that we must engage in serious analysis of its impacts. If you have an interest in this topic, we invite you to submit your thoughts for an upcoming special issue of Les Cahiers de Droit. Essentially, we would like to (re)launch an examination of the political functions and theoretical scope of ‘consumer law’.

Without wishing to limit discussion, we are specifically interested in analysis of the contemporary scope of consumer law and/or consumer protection law, possible changes to its political functions, the public courts’ role in implementing it, and the space given to these rules and standards in the legal discourse.

  • Has consumer law historically protected interests that go beyond consumers’ individual, and most often, material, interests? Does it do so today? Do contemporary notions of product quality and safety, rules for advertising and representation, the preventative framework of ‘punitive’ damages, and the possibility of class action afford consumers a certain power in this regard?
  • Can and should the body and theory of consumer law be construed and used to (better) protect these indirect interests? Or, on the contrary, should this be left to the ethics and morality of the marketplace?
  • Does government have the duty and authority, through the courts, to uphold rights that go beyond protection of consumers’ immediate material interests? Is this a function of the courts? Should parties be left to negotiate settlements, or should an outside party adjudicate these matters?

This special issue of Les Cahiers de droit will be published under the scientific direction of Professor Vincent Caron of the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and Professor Gabriel-Arnaud Berthold of the Université du Québec à Montréal’s Legal Sciences Department. Papers should be 20-30 pages long (1.5 line spacing, 20,000 words including notes) and should be submitted to by October 1, 2020.

Les Cahiers de droit publishes original papers in French and English. All papers submitted undergo anonymous review by two external experts. Presentation standards can be found at For more information, please contact:



Les Cahiers de droit - Thematic Issue, September 2021 - CSR and the Law - A Transatlantic Look at Recent Developments

Professor Ivan Tchotourian (co-director of the Centre for Economic Law (CÉDÉ) of the Université Laval Faculty of Law, Canada) and Professor Matthieu Zolomian (member of the Centre for Critical Research on Law (CERCRID) of the Université de Saint-Étienne Faculty of Law, France) will be the scientific directors of this thematic issue of Les Cahiers de droit.

Papers should be 20-30 pages long (1.5 line spacing, 20 000 words including notes) and should be submitted to by December 1, 2020.


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