Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize for Law Students

A stipend of $1,000…and much more!

The Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize aims to engage law students in the work of CIAJ and to promote scholarship concerning the administration of justice. It was created in 2013 to honour CIAJ’s Executive Director between 1992 and 2012.

The winner will receive a stipend of $1,000 and be invited to CIAJ’s Annual Conference. The paper may also be presented on that occasion. CIAJ will provide the recipient with travel, accommodation and registration to the conference.

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.

Next Edition (The deadline for the 2022 Edition is passed. Details for the 2023 Edition will be announced in the coming year)

Eligibility Requirements

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  1. Be registered for an undergraduate degree (J.D., LL.B. or B.C.L.) at a Faculty of Law at a Canadian university;
  2. Have written the paper in the twelve months preceding the closing date for submissions (papers submitted for academic credit may be submitted for this prize);
  3. Provide confirmation of academic registration;
  4. Provide a statement from the author confirming the date at which the text was finalized, and attesting that the paper has not been submitted elsewhere, in whole or in part, for publication or a prize;
  5. Provide a text of no more than 7,500 words (including notes and tables) in English or French. The essays must respect the theme “The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law: From the Cradle to the Grave,” which is the focus of CIAJ’s 46th National Conference that will take place in Halifax, October 26-28, 2022. The text must be in a format compatible with Microsoft Word. The candidate’s name and university should appear on the cover page but the text must not otherwise identify the author of the submission.


Documents listed in points 3 to 5 must be received by email at no later than Friday, November 26, 2021. A registration fee of $10 will be requested upon reception of the documents by email. CIAJ’s annual membership is included in this fee and valid for one year from the date of registration. The winning text will be announced before December 31, 2021.


A committee will select the best paper. It must be of publishable quality and make a significant contribution to scholarship concerning the administration of justice. CIAJ will not award the prize if there is no text of sufficient merit. CIAJ will publish the paper in digital or printed form. Copyright will remain with CIAJ.


2020-2021 Recipient: Michelle Pucci

We are pleased to announce that McGill University Faculty of Law student Michelle Pucci is the winner of the 2020 Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize for her essay entitled ”Who Sets the Course in a Health Crisis Response.” She will be invited at CIAJ’ 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver, which has been postponed to November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Michelle

Michelle Pucci is a BCL/JD (Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor) candidate at McGill University. Before beginning law school in 2018, she was as a reporter and producer for CBC Nunavut, a fellow at The Walrus, and an intern with the Montreal Gazette. She completed a BA in journalism at Concordia University.





Past Recipients

Year Recipient Title
2020-2021 Ms. Michelle Pucci, McGill University Faculty of Law Who Sets the Course in a Health Crisis Response
2019 Mr. Xavier Dionne, Université de Montréal Faculty of Law “Sur les épaules de robots : l’impact de l’intelligence artificielle sur la propriété intellectuelle
2018 Ms. Chantelle van Wiltenburg, University of Toronto Faculty of Law  “Theories of Personhood: Capturing the Legal Subject in a Dangerousness-Based Model of Preventative Detention”
2016 Graham Sharp, University of Saskatchewan College of Law The Right of Access to Justice Under the Rule of Law: Guaranteeing an Effective Remedy
2015 Mae Price, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Colonial Legacies and Fiduciary Law: A Conceptual Framework for Addressing Aboriginal Health
2013 Allan Yi Lin Wu, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Essentially Unsound?: The Impact of the “Essential Character” Approach to Arbitral Jurisdiction on The Administration of Industrial Justice