Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

2022 Recipient

CIAJ’s 2022 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship of $7,500 was given to Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law doctoral student Lauren Cavallier for her project entitled “La dignité autochtone au sein du système de santé québécois” (Indigenous Dignity in the Quebec Health Care System) 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 Lauren

Lauren Cavallier is a doctoral student at the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law. She received her graduate diploma from the same Faculty with a thesis entitled “Entre rencontre juridique et acculturation préjudiciable : le rôle des interactions juridiques entre les systèmes autochtones et européens dans le processus de reconnaissance du droit des sociétés autochtones, 1663-1851” (Between Legal Encounter and Harmful Acculturation: The Role of Legal Interactions between Indigenous and European Systems in the Process of Recognizing the Law of Indigenous Societies, 1663–1851). Her current research project focuses on Indigenous Governance in Canada, and more precisely on the different possible interfaces between Indigenous and Canadian governance. The purpose of this project is to shed light on the effectiveness and efficiency of processes affiliated with Indigenous governance.

Past Recipients & Research papers: /en/research/research-papers/

2023 Research Fellowship

Theme: “The Law of Borders”

To Apply: 

  • The fellowship competition is open to faculty and graduate students at Canadian universities.
  • Applicants should complete the application form and submit it by email to, no later than March 31, 2023.
  • In addition to submission of a completed research report, CIAJ expects to receive a complete account of expenditures.

Print the Details and Application Form (PDF)

The successful applicant will be notified in April 2023. The completed research paper must be forwarded to CIAJ by the end of August 2023.

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 CIAJ.

About the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

CIAJ provides funds for the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship, named in honour of the late Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former President of CIAJ. The $7,500 Fellowship was created in 2001 and supports research in relation to the topic of the annual conference.

Each conference focuses on a specific aspect of CIAJ’s themes:

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

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 at CIAJ’s 47th Annual conference in October 2023 (Ottawa, ON).

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), one of the Co-Chairs of the Education and Research Planning Committee, and one other person selected by the Executive Committee.