Established in 2010 as the result of a partnership between France’s École Nationale de la Magistrature and publishing house Éditions Dalloz, this quarterly journal offers its audience a new take on the world (or indeed worlds) of justice, while at the same time questioning its growing role in democratic societies.
Its editorial board has a multidisciplinary background, and while the journal focuses on the reflections of experts on judicial matters, it does not overlook the perspective of professionals and the diversity of what they have to say.
Opening with an editorial written by the editorial board and an op-ed that takes a particular stance on a controversial topic, each issue includes a main special report on a societal issue as it is seen in judicial debate. Over the years, topics have ranged from surrogacy to euthanasia, and from terrorism to secularism. Each special report comprises several articles that often reflect the work being carried out by institutions closely affiliated with the journal, including the Mission de recherche droit et justice, the Institut des hautes études sur la justice, and the Association française pour l’histoire de la justice.
The journal’s four columns reflect its general approach:
– Judging elsewhere—a comparative approach to the act of judging
– Crossroads of knowledge—examining issues of justice from a social science perspective
– Justice and democratic debate—the role of the judiciary in democratic life
– Justice in action—accounts of experiences and reflections of practitioners.
Lastly, the ‘Read, see, listen’ section is specifically dedicated to judicial culture, featuring literary, cinematic, and audiovisual approaches as well as reviews of books (fiction and non-fiction), theses, exhibitions, symposiums, and so on.