Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Created in 2009 and named in honour of the late Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former President of the Institute, The Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship of $7,500 is awarded annually to an academic selected by the jury who will present the best research on CIAJ’s annual conference topic. Each conference focuses on a specific aspect of the Institute’s themes: 

  • Justice as a humanistic and social value
  • Justice as a public service
  • Justice in a global economy and interdependent world 

The fellowship competition is open to faculty and graduate students at Canadian universities. The recipient of the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship is encouraged to seek publication of the paper in a reputable scholarly publication and to indicate, in an introductory note, that financial support for the research was provided by the CIAJ.

2017 Edition

The application period took end on March 15, 2017. The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April 2017 and the completed research paper must be forwarded to CIAJ by the end of August 2017.  The laureate will be announced in May 2017 and will be invited to present results of the research project at CIAJ’s Annual Conference entitled Cultural and Religious Diversity in the Administration of Justice that will take place in Montreal, on October 2–4, 2017. 

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Administration of Funds

The funds are administered by CIAJ on behalf of the successful applicant and are available to support research assistance or other out-of-pocket expenses, but may not be used as an honorarium. It is expected that the completed research will be presented to the Institute’s annual meeting in October 2017 in Montreal.

The maximum amount of the Fellowship is $7,500. The selection of the project for the research fellowship will be made by a committee composed of the President of the CIAJ (or his/her nominee), the CIAJ Academic Advisor, one of the Co-Chairs of the Education and Research Planning Committee, and one other person selected by the Executive Committee.

Memorial Lecture : It is now time to register for the Charles D. Gonthier Memorial Lecture – 2nd Edition organized by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL). The event will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Montreal. Guest speakers : Ms. Irene Khan, Director General of the International Development Law Organization and Hon. Guy Canivet, Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, former member of the Constitutional Council of France and former President of the Cour de Cassation.

2016 Recipients

Prof. Heather Heavin, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and Prof. Michaela Keet, Associate Professor, both of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, are the co-recipients of the 2016 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship. They have presented the results of their research project entitled “Risk Analysis: A Methodological Approach to Early Case Assessment in Litigation and Settlement” at the CIAJ Annual Conference on “Civil Justice and Economics: A Matter of Value,” which took place in Ottawa, October 5-7, 2016. Press release (PDF)


Prof. Heather Heavin
Associate Dean,
Research and Graduate Studies
University of Saskatchewan
College of Law


Prof. Michaela Keet
Associate Professor,
University of Saskatchewan
College of Law

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