2023 Recipient: Seth Gordon
We are pleased to announce that McGill University Faculty of Law Student Seth Gordon is the winner of the 2023 Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize for his essay entitled ”Canadian Borderlands: Equality Rights for Temporary Migrant Labourers Under Section 15 of the Charter” in the context of CIAJ’s 47th Annual Conference on “The Law of Border,” which will take place in person in Ottawa and online from October 25-27, 2023.
Seth Gordon is a BCL/JD candidate at the McGill Faculty of Law. He is passionate about administrative and public international law, as well as extrajudicial methods of advancing human rights. He will be clerking for the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2024–2025. He holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in music composition and piano performance.
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.
- Be registered for an undergraduate degree (J.D., LL.B. or B.C.L.) at a Faculty of Law at a Canadian university;
- 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);
- Provide confirmation of academic registration;
- 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;
- 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 Families and the Law,” which is the focus of CIAJ’s 48th National Conference that will take place in Winnipeg, October 9-11, 2024. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, November 24, 2023. 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, 2023.
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.