The journal was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for those interested in gender issues and feminist legal studies. In 1998, the Journal expanded its mission to include social policy as well as gender issues. Our current approach reflects our intent to fill a void in legal scholarship by providing an opportunity for academic discussion that is otherwise overlooked by traditional journals. By focusing on gender and social policy issues, we are committed to creating a dialogue among disparate social, economic, and gender groups in order to find our common humanity under the law.
The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law publishes papers addressing social and political equality under the law. Gender plays a unique role in the formation of social policy, as well as the administration and development of the law. We hope that our holistic approach to legal analysis will promote the empowerment of all individuals in our society and strengthen the role of progressive perspectives in mainstream legal scholarship.
The journal is published by students at American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to volume seven, the Journal was known as the American University Journal of Gender & the Law. In 1998, the Journal changed its name in an effort to reflect the more expansive range of topics published in the Journal. As always, the Journal remains dedicated to exploring gender and social issues in the law, providing a forum where those of all views can engage in rewarding and challenging discourse and debate.
The Washington & Lee University School of Law ranks the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law as the most cited legal periodical in the United States and selected non-U.S. regions in the topical area of gender, social policy and the law. And now you can check out recent developments in the topical area of gender, social policy and the law by checking out JGSPL's Bi-Weekly Blog.
Additionally, the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law has been ranked as one of the top subject-specific law reviews in the "2006 ExpressO Law Review Submission Guide."