About This JournalFounded in 1978, the Third World Law Journal is a unique legal periodical that fills the need for a progressive, alternative legal perspective on issues both within the United States and in the developing world. The Journal's scope includes issues affecting underrepresented populations, human and civil rights, immigration, women's and children's issues, and issues of disproportionate economic impact. Published twice annually, the Journal contains articles by outside authors, student notes, and student book reviews. The founders of the Journal envisioned it as a forum for discussing legal issues affecting people, cultures, and institutions that share a common history of colonialism, oppression, under-representation, and marginalization in the political and economic processes. Third World problems are a complex matrix of social, economic and political crises confronting minority groups, indigenous cultures and under-industrialized nations.
The Journal's 30-member staff (15 second- and 15 third-year students) is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests. It is a group dedicated to offering insightful treatment of contemporary legal issues that are frequently overlooked by other legal publications. Past topics have included truth commissions in El Salvador and Guatemala, English as the official language, sexual orientation law in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and the 50 years since the trials at Nuremberg.
Note: With the publication of volume 32, the Boston College Third World Law Journal changed its name to the Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice. For the latest issues, please consult the Journal in its new series.