McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism are proud to announce the creation of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism, which has been made possible through the generous support of Rachel Baxter, BSc’84, BCL’88 and Colin Baxter, BCL’90, LLB’90, who both practice law in Ottawa, as corporate and litigation counsel respectively.
The overarching goal of this prestigious bi-annual competition is to advance research and foster informed debate on federalism by law students, as well as law PhD candidates, junior legal scholars and junior lawyers from around the world.
Competition finalists will be given an opportunity to present their papers at a Symposium organized by the McGill Faculty of Law, in Montreal in the spring of 2017.
Prizes will be awarded by an International Jury. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 respectively.
This year, the competition will be judged by
- Prof. Eva Maria Belser, Vice-Directrice, Institut du fédéralisme, Université de Fribourg, Suisse
- L'honorable Ian Binnie, Avocat et ancien juge de la Cour suprême du Canada
- L'honorable Marie Deschamps, Avocate et ancienne juge de la Cour suprême du Canada
- Prof. Jean Leclair, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal
- Prof. Peter Oliver, Faculté de droit, Université d’Ottawa
- Prof. Patricia Popelier, Vice-doyenne, Faculté de droit, Université d’Anvers
- Prof. Cheryl Saunders, Director of Studies, Government Law, Melbourne Law School, Australia
- Prof. Marc Verdussen, Faculté de droit, Université catholique de Louvain
Participants are invited to submit an original essay related to an aspect of federal theory or practice by September 30, 2016. Given that the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism is being launched to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation of 1867, submissions that examine the past, present and future of Canadian federalism from comparative angles are particularly encouraged.
While essays can discuss any one of a wide range of topics related to federalism, the organizers of the Baxter Family Competition on Federalism are particularly interested in submissions centered on two particular aspects of the “federal phenomenon”:
Eligibility: The Competition is open to all law students, as well as law PhD candidates, junior legal scholars and junior lawyers with five years of experience or less, from around the world.
To be eligible, authors:
must be currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program in law (or their local equivalents), OR
have obtained their most recent degree after September 30, 2011, OR
have been admitted to the Bar (or the local equivalent) after September 30, 2011
Prize: First place: Can $ 5,000; Second place: Can $3,000; Third place: Can $1,000.
Deadline for Submission of Essays: September 30, 2016, at 13h00, Eastern Standard Time (Montreal time).
Announcements to be made in January 2017. Winners will be invited to present at a Symposium to be held at McGill University in the spring of 2017.
Criteria for submission
The essay should be:
- written in English or in French
- a maximum of 8,000 words (including footnotes ) for texts in English, 8,800 words for texts in French
- unpublished (not yet accepted for publication) as of September 30, 2016
- written in 12 point font, double-spaced, with a 2.5 cm margins on all sides
- numbered (in the upper right corner)
- submitted in MS Word format
- introduced by a distinct document including the title, author and contacts, notably email, and a statement affirming the author’s eligibility for the competition (eg: dates of graduation) and the unpublished status of the paper
The essay should include:
- an ABSTRACT (maximum 200 words) which summarizes the main question as well as the essay’s main conclusions
- full references, following the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation (See in the "Further official information" below this article)
Submissions are to be emailed to Professor Johanne Poirier, Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2016, at 13h00, Eastern Standard Time (Montreal time)
For more information click "Further official information" below.