The Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law hosts a broad range of multi-disciplinary research activities and initiatives. The Centre is linked to cutting edge scholarship in the field, nationally and internationally, through its Affiliated Researchers. Its flagship is the Desautels Review of Private Enterprise & Law, a peer-reviewed journal which is published annually through the Manitoba Law Journal. The Centre is home to the Desautels Research Cluster, an annual Desautels Research Lecture, as well as supporting scholarly conferences and promoting research by students and early career academics.


The Desautels Review of Private Enterprise & Law (“Desautels Review”) is a scholarly journal that explores the issues, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of private enterprise and the law. Interdisciplinary and critical perspectives are welcomed and encouraged. The Desautels Review publishes articles (10,000 to 15,000 words), case comments (3,000-7,000 words) and book reviews (1,500-3,000 words). Article and case comment submissions are subject to editorial review by the Editor-in-Chief as well as a blind peer-review process. Book review submissions are subject to editorial review only.

To make a submission contact the Desautels Editor:

The Desautels Review is run as a scholarly publications course as part of the clinical curriculum of the JD program at the Faculty of Law. It provides students with hands-on experience in working with scholarly writing. Students develop their evaluation and critical analysis skills through the process of editing submissions for publication. Responsibility for completing full substantive and copy edits on two or three articles during the course of the year further fosters students’ research and writing skills. In 2021-2022, JD students Ryan Johnson and Connor Jonosson will be working on the Desautels Review as part of a scholarly publication course.

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Affiliated Researchers bring a breadth and depth of expertise to the Centre’s research activities and initiatives. Drawn from across Canada and around the world, Affiliated Researchers enrich the Centre’s research programming through their diverse perspectives and areas of expertise.

Meet the Affiliated Researchers


Desautels Research Cluster

The Desautels Research Cluster is a multidisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Manitoba whose research touches on various aspects of family controlled and private enterprises. Cluster members support the Desautels Review of Private Enterprise & Law in editorial and peer review capacities, host an annual Desautels Research Lecture, and engage in other special events and initiatives at the intersection of private enterprise and the law.

Meet the Research Cluster

Desautels Research Seed Funds

The Desautels Research Seed Funds support scholarly research activities in the area of private and commercial enterprise and the law. University of Manitoba faculty members are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for costs related to research, such as travel to conduct research, student research assistance and access to materials held in archives. Note that funds may not be used to present at, or attend, conferences.

For further details, contact Debra Ilsley:

The Centre has partnered with the Banking & Finance Law Review through its Annual FinTech Issue to launch Canada’s first Law Student FinTech Writing Program. Learn more about the Fintech Paper

Canadian Business History Association – Desautels Research Fund in Private Enterprise, History & Law

The Centre has partnered with the Canadian Business History Association/l’Association Canadienne pour l’histoire des affaires to establish a Business History Research Fellowship for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The fellowship is intended to foster historical research on topics in private enterprise and law in Canada. The fellowship provides funds ($1000) to support research project development and the holder is named the Desautels Business History Research Fellow.

Learn more about the CBHA