Contemporary Justice Review

Contemporary Justice Review is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for scholars, activists, and practitioners of social and restorative justice around the globe who seek to explore and design new models of justice that reflect just social arrangements at the local to the international level.

CJR Editors give special attention to cutting-edge articles on:

  • social and restorative justice theory and practice;
  • peacemaking criminology;
  • community building as harm prevention;
  • structural alternatives to nation-state and corporate violence;
  • state crimes and healing from genocide;
  • peaceful methods of conflict resolution and problem-solving;
  • truth and reconciliation commissions;
  • environmental justice;
  • prisons and prisoners watch;
  • human rights watch;
  • crimes of the nation-state and globalizing market;
  • critiques of criminal justice institutions and law;
  • utopian visions of a just society;
  • issues of justice in the family, school, and workplace;
  • nonviolent, needs-based solutions to needs-denying and power-based social arrangements; and
  • critical perspectives in all areas of criminology and criminal justice.

The journal reflects a variety of formats including scholarly articles; electronic roundtable discussions among scholars and activists; interviews on social and restorative justice; narrative histories on crime and punishment; film reviews and book reviews; and justice-watch statements on timely issues that affect the quality of life around the globe.

The editors prefer articles written in engaging and accessible prose that avoid academic jargon. They also look for work that offers insights in how justice might be fostered, created, and maintained in daily life situations.

Queries about submissions and journal information should be directed to:

Editorial Associate, Kayla Martensen, University of Illinois-Chicago




Submission of Manuscripts

Editorial Staff

Past CJR articles