Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

Université de Sherbrooke Professor Véronique Fortin Named Recipient of the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Véronique Fortin, Associate Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law and member of the Critical Legal Research Laboratory is the recipient of the 2018 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship. She will present results of her research project entitled “Les tribunaux en santé mentale: la justice comme service?” (Mental Health Courts: Justice as a Service?) at CIAJ’s Annual Conference on Justice and Mental Health” to be held October 17-19, 2018, in Ottawa. Press Release issued May 14, 2018 [PDF File]

About the 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 2009 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

2018 Annual Conference Theme : Justice and Mental Health

The courts have often become the emergency rooms for unaddressed mental health issues. The 2018 conference will assess the tools available to the justice system to manage such issues when they arise with respect to witnesses, persons accused, and litigants. Know More

To Apply (for informational purposes*)

  • The fellowship competition is open to faculty and graduate students at Canadian universities.
  • Applicants should complete the application form below and submit it by email to ciaj@ciaj-icaj.cano later than March 31, 2018.
  • In addition to submission of a completed research report, CIAJ expects to receive a complete account of expenditures.

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*Details for the 2019 Edition will be announced later this year

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 annual conference in October 2018 in Ottawa.

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.

The successful applicant will be notified in April 2018. The completed research paper must be forwarded to CIAJ by the end of August 2018.

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 Recipient

Prof. Vrinda Narain, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic at McGill University Faculty of Law is the recipient of the 2017 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship. She has presented results of her research project entitled Difference and Inclusion Reframing Reasonable Accommodation at CIAJ’s Annual Conference on diversity in October, 2017. Press release (PDF)


Prof. Vrinda Narain
Associate Dean,
Research and Graduate Studies
University of Saskatchewan
College of Law



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