CIAJ’s Three-Minute Video Contest

Law Students Are Invited to Share Their Thoughts on a Key Issue

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In 2020, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) will host its 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver on “Indigenous Peoples and the Law.” CIAJ wishes to hear the voices of law students on a subject so fundamental to Canadian law and governance.

Students are invited to submit a three-minute video to answer the following question: “What will be the most important legal issue for the next generation regarding the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian institutions?”

Participants must present their argument to the camera in the style of the “Three Minute Thesis Competition.” The strongest videos will be presented at CIAJ’s 2019 Annual Conference in Quebec City, October 16–18, 2019. They will also be presented at CIAJ’s 2020 Annual Conference in Vancouver, where the winning video will be incorporated into the Student Panel.

The video contest is open to students registered in an undergraduate or graduate law degree from a Canadian faculty of law.

The student should firstly provide a clear answer to the question above. Secondly, the student should defend their position, arguing the reasons why their chosen issue is of paramount importance. Those who present in an Indigenous language should provide a written transcript of their presentation in either English or French. Creativity and originality and encouraged.

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses question critically
  • Communicates position clearly
  • Presents and develops a compelling argument
  • Demonstrates depth of research


  • Presentations must be 2–3 minutes in length
  • Video must be filmed in one take
  • Students are limited to the use of one static visual aid. (Power Point slide, Prezi, cardboard, etc.) Students can incorporate the visual aid however they so choose.

Application Process and Deadline

Each student grants CIAJ the right to use the video submission in any way, for any purposes related to CIAJ’s mandate. The student retains moral rights in the video entry. If CIAJ deems that an insufficient quantity or quality of entries has been received, CIAJ reserves the right not to choose a winner.

About CIAJ and the Student Section
CIAJ promotes excellence and leadership in the administration of justice through knowledge, learning and the exchange of ideas. Since its inception in 1974, the CIAJ has kept a critical eye on our justice system and explored cutting-edge issues likely to improve the administration of justice and preserve a strong and independent judiciary.

CIAJ provides law students with various tools and projects through its Student Section. In addition to building bridges between students across Canada, the Section is an exclusive learning platform, offering numerous opportunities for students to network and collaborate with key players in the Canadian legal arena.