The O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications is the college's publishing department for student-edited Journals and Books.
The Journals at UC Hastings publish scholarly articles, essays, and student Notes on a broad range of legal topics. UC Hastings journals publish primarily open access online. The files are downloadable, and searchable, and can be shared between readers.
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Hastings Business Law Journal
Hastings Business Law Journal (“HBLJ”) explores international and domestic events in the dynamic interplay between law and business. HBLJ serves as a forum for legal academia, and provides a valuable research tool – illuminating the current state of the law.
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
Since 1976, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Journal (COMM/ENT) has been one of the nation’s first law journals dedicated to the field of Entertainment and Media law, including, but not limited to, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy, Licensing, Employment and Labor Law, Constitutional Rights, and International and Comparative Law.
Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
The goal of Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (CLQ) is to be a nationwide leader in the publication of legal scholarship on contemporary constitutional issues. Publishing for four issues annually and hosting several events and symposia, CLQ endeavors to engage a variety of thought leaders and a wide audience in the exploration of some of today’s most pressing legal debates.
Hastings Environmental Law Journal
The Hastings Environmental Law Journal (HELJ), is a legal forum for both academics and practitioners in areas of environmental law and policy across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. This journal’s focus is creating a community of environmental scholars at Hastings, and connecting them with the greater environmental community beyond. With articles and essays from a range of authors, including practicing attorneys, policy-makers, law students and professors, HELJ addresses the most problematic issues in environmental law and policy.
Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
Founded in 1976, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review (HICLR) is one of the first law journals in the country dedicated exclusively to legal discourse on the most pressing international and comparative legal issues. As a resource for both academics and practitioners, HICLR provides a forum for exchanging ideas on public and private international law. The journal is published two times a year and welcomes submissions from around the world. Recent topics of discussion in the journal include Religious Rights and Women’s Rights in Africa, the burden of proof in International commercial arbitration, international trade, and refugee rights.
Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment
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Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment (HJCP) is a forum in which meaningful discussion can occur on issues of criminal law, incarceration and the criminal justice system. Our intention is to establish a cross-disciplinary platform in which scholars and practitioners analyze criminal law and procedure as well as the different institutions of incarceration. From the pervasiveness of racial profiling to the shackles of collateral consequences, the criminal system disparately impacts the poor and people of color. A thorough examination of the various ways in which individuals are impacted by the criminal system is only possible with a diversity of perspectives. Therefore, we warmly invite the written analysis of those who traditionally have been excluded from legal scholarship, including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, as well as others who have been most affected by the criminal justice system. Ultimately, we believe that through the exploration of criminal law and its greater context in American society, HJCP can contribute to a critical discourse on punishment, justice and human dignity.
Hastings Law Journal
Hastings’ oldest law review contributes to the advancement of knowledge in legal thinking through scholarly articles written by experts in the legal community. Hastings Law Journal (HLJ) publishes six issues each year, reaching a large domestic and international audience. One of these issues may be dedicated to our periodic symposium, which features speeches, commentaries, and panel discussions on an area of current interest and development in the law.
Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal
Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal (HRPLJ) is committed to promoting and inspiring discourse in the legal community regarding issues of race, poverty, social justice, and the law, as well as addressing disparities in the legal system. We will create an avenue for compelling dialogue on the subject of the growing marginalization of racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged. It is our hope that the legal theories addressed in this journal will prove useful in remedying the structural inequities facing our communities.
Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal
Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal (STLJ) is a multidisciplinary journal created to enrich the discourse at the nexus of science, technology, and the law. Specifically, STLJ focuses on the exciting legal issues surrounding startups, intellectual property, data privacy, biotechnology, clean technology, and health policy, while exploring the implications of technological advances on traditional legal fields, such as contracts, antitrust, and tax. STLJ is dedicated to publishing a bi-annual volume of legal scholarship of the highest quality and of the greatest use of scholars, judges, policy-makers, scientists, practitioners, and law students.
Hastings Women’s Law Journal
Since 1989, Hastings Women’s Law Journal (HWLJ) has provided a forum for voices outside the traditional scope of legal academic scholarship, offering and maintaining an inclusive space for feminism, race theory, queer theory, multi-culturalism, animal rights, disability rights, language rights, international human rights, criminal defendants’ rights and human rights of people in prison, among others. HWLJ takes the road less traveled in regard to the law, embracing difference and celebrating diversity.
HWLJ publishes twice a year — publishing cutting-edge issues which many law journals either avoid or ignore. We are a progressive, diverse, open, and forward-looking collective of individuals working together to widen the scope of legal scholarship. To this end, HWLJ publishes works of literature, poems, book reviews, personal pieces, and, of course, legal analysis. We strongly believe that the law is a solution for the ills of the human condition, not merely a means of gaining and preserving privilege and position.