About the Journal

“A spacious home, with rooms enough to accommodate all who have the imagination and determination to work for the full realization of human potential.”

The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law is edited and published entirely by students at the Columbia University School of Law. The Journal publishes interdisciplinary works rooted in feminist inquiry with the aim of promoting dialogue, debate, and awareness that will broaden the very concept of feminism as one that critically engages multiple and varied forms of social hierarchy and power differentials and their relation to the law.

To quote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s introduction from our first issue, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law seeks to “portray today’s feminist movement, not as unitary, rigid or doctrinaire, but as a spacious home, with rooms enough to accommodate all who have the imagination and determination to work for the full realization of human potential.”

We feature the writing of noted scholars in feminist jurisprudence, including judges, law professors, and law students. Furthermore, as a law journal with an interdisciplinary focus, we also welcome articles about law from other academic disciplines. Recent Columbia Journal of Gender and Law articles have examined the connections between gender, law, and various other academic fields varying from psychology to literature.

We also publish a considerable amount of scholarship on international gender issues. Journal articles have addressed gender and law in nations ranging from Ghana to Japan.

The Journal operates by consensus and is organized in a manner that supports internal debate and discussion. Journal membership comprises students at Columbia University School of Law. Every Journal member is encouraged to contribute their views, and all Journal members participate in the decision-making process regarding the selection and editing of articles. Members work in teams and follow one article in each issue from acceptance to publication.

Our goal is to advance feminist scholarship and to serve as an outlet for interested students, practitioners, and academics.


Support CJGL

The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law welcomes new sponsors and donors to help support our activities to promote dialogue, debate, and awareness around an expansive view of feminism embracing people of different colors, classes, sexual orientations, and cultures.

If you would like to sponsor or donate to the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, please contact us:

Email: jrngen@law.columbia.edu (preferred)

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Open Access Policy

As of 2016 the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law is an open access journal, which means that content published from 2016 onward is free to access without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and, as of 2016, agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” License (CC-BY) unless otherwise noted on the article landing page. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

Additional journal backfiles (prior to 2016) will be made available in full text on the CJGL site on an ongoing basis. Those articles are also available for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts free of charge, though permission for re-use will need to be obtained from the author.

CJGL charges no author fees upon submission or acceptance.


Peer Review Policy

All authors' submissions undergo a preliminary screening by the Submissions Editors to determine whether an article meets high standards of quality and its content fits with the Journal's scope and mission. Once an article is found to align with the Journal’s interests, members of the Editorial Board read the article, review the author’s credentials, and make a collective decision on whether to extend a publication offer. If the author contracts with the Journal, the editing process is carried out by one of the Journal's Articles Editors and a team of the journal's staffers in coordination with the author. The Executive Board reviews the final version and approves it for publication.


Archiving Policy

Columbia Journal of Gender and Law is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.

Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.