Introduction: Law in the Canadian North

  • Ken Coates University of Saskatchewan


For over thirty years, the Northern Review has published the occasional article, commentary, or book review on various aspects of law in the Circumpolar North. Those topics have included policing in the Klondike, criminal and restorative justice in Alaska, the legal status concerning Indigenous peoples in Russia, and issues of sovereignty and governance.

However, the journal has never published a special issue or collection specifically focused on law in the Canadian North. We decided the time was long overdue. Thanks to Yukon Chief Justice Ron Veale’s vision and to the Law Society of Yukon’s sponsorship of the project, this, our fiftieth issue, is the first devoted exclusively to exploring some of the diverse topics facing law and legal practice in the North. ,,,
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Author Biography

Ken Coates, University of Saskatchewan

... Founding and Senior Editor of the Northern Review; Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada.

How to Cite
COATES, Ken. Introduction: Law in the Canadian North. Northern Review, [S.l.], n. 50, p. 3–6, apr. 2020. ISSN 1929-6657. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 apr. 2021. doi: