Time and Chance and the Prevailing Orthodoxy in Legal Academia Happeneth to Them All: A Study of the Top Law Journals of Australia and New Zealand
Adelaide Law Review, 33 2: 519-558
Posted: 18 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2012
This article considers, and tests, the preparedness of Australian law journals to publish dissenting perspectives. The authors looked at all articles that mentioned bills of rights between the dates 1990 and 2010. They considered only law review journals that had been ranked by the ARC as A or A* ones, solely to have a circumscribed list of journals to consider. They then assessed whether each such article was positive about bills of rights, negative about them, neutral, or whether the mention was peripheral. The outcome was at least a 4:1 bias in favour of publishing pro-bill of rights articles, with one or two ARC top ranked journals showing an astounding lopsidedness.
JEL Classification: k00
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