Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize for Law Students

2022 Recipient: Larissa Parker

We are pleased to announce that McGill University Faculty of Law recent graduate Larissa Parker is the winner of the 2022 Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize for her essay entitled ”Not in Anyone’s Backyard: Exploring Environmental Inequality under Section 15 of the Charter and Flexibility after Fraser v. Canada” in the context of CIAJ’s 46th Annual Conference on “The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law,” which took place in person in Halifax and online on October 26-28, 2022.

About Larissa

Larissa Parker (BCL/JD) is a recent graduate of the McGill Faculty of Law. She is passionate about environmental questions in the fields of administrative and constitutional law and is an outspoken advocate on issues relating to climate change and environmental inequality. Over the next few years, Larissa will be clerking for the Chief Justice of the Federal Court (2022-2023) and the Honourable Justice Gleason at the Federal Court of Appeal (2023-2024). She holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Toronto.

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.

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.

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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 Law of Borders,” which is the focus of CIAJ’s 47th National Conference that will take place in Ottawa, October 25-27, 2023. 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.

Registration

Documents listed in points 3 to 5 must be received by email at ciaj@ciaj-icaj.ca no later than Friday, November 25, 2022. 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, 2022.

Selection

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.

Recipients

Year Recipient Title
2022 Larissa Parker, McGill University Faculty of Law Not in Anyone’s Backyard: Exploring Environmental Inequality under Section 15 of the Charter and Flexibility after Fraser v. Canada
2020-2021 Michelle Pucci, McGill University Faculty of Law Who Sets the Course in a Health Crisis Response
2019 Xavier Dionne, Université de Montréal Faculty of Law Sur les épaules de robots : l’impact de l’intelligence artificielle sur la propriété intellectuelle
2018 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