Competitions

IRLRC Essay Competition on the Rights of the Child

The Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) holds an annual essay contest on children's rights. The deadline for submissions for this contest is May 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.


2020-2021 Contest Rules

  1. Applicants must be enrolled in a program of study (Undergraduate or Graduate) at institutions hosting Canadian Association of Human Rights Institutes (CAHRI) members, i.e.: St. Thomas University, McGill University, University of Manitoba, Université Laval, UQAM, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Carleton University, McMaster University, Concordia University, York University, University of Winnipeg and University of Ottawa. Applicants may also have been enrolled in the 12 months prior to the deadline for submission of work.
  2. The competition has two categories: Undergraduate and Graduate. A three-person jury, chaired by a member of IRLRC, will determine the winners in each category. The jury reserves the right not to award a prize in either category if there is no worthy entry.
  3. Applicants must submit a paper on an issue related to children's rights. The paper must have been prepared as part of a course or for degree requirements and must include all citations and notes.
    • For undergraduate students, the paper must be a minimum of 15 pages and no longer than 30 pages (excluding the bibliography);
    • For graduate students, the paper must contain a minimum of 25 pages and must not exceed 60 pages (excluding bibliography).
  4. The paper may be the work of a single individual or a team of up to three individuals.
  5. The text must be written in French or English and double-spaced, Arial font, size 12.
  6. Submissions must be sent by email to LRIDE@uOttawa.ca no later than May 15 at 11:59 p.m. and must contain:
    • The anonymized text (without author or institution identifiers), in pdf format.
    • The text starting with a cover page indicating the author's name, program of study and institution, in pdf format.
    • A recommendation from the professor who supervised the student.
  7. Prizes: The winning submissions in both categories, Undergraduate and Graduate, will be published by the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.
Winners of the 2019-2020 competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Korajlija (left), a student in the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, won first prize in the Undergraduate category for her essay entitled "An Unfair Game of Virtual Hide-and-Go-Seek: The Passive Collection of Children's Information Online". Her work will be published in the scientific journal Canadian Journal of Children's Rights/Revue canadienne des droits des enfants in the fall of 2020. Andrea will be entering her third year of study in the Common Law Section in the fall term of 2020.

Fabien Vadnais (right), who was enrolled in the Master of Laws in Health Law, Policy and Ethics (LL.M.) Program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa at the time of submitting his work, won the prize in the "Graduate Studies" category for his major research paper entitled "L'encadrement juridique et médical des soins de fin de vie dans le contexte pédiatrique : Analyse d'une discrimination envers les plus vulnérables et pistes de réflexion". He receives $250.

You can read the winners' work by clicking on the titles of the essay/major research paper. Congratulations to Andrea and Fabien!

Interested in participating in the IRLRC Essay Competition? Visit our Web page to read the rules for the 2020-2021 competition.

Winners of the 2018-2019 Competition

A graduate from the joint Honours BSocSc in Criminology and Women's Studies program, Sidra Hashmi is the winner of the IRLRC Essay Competition undergraduate category. Entitled “Mundane Marginalization: A Criminological Analysis of the Immigration Detention of Children in Canada”, Sidra’s essay will be published in the Canadian Journal of Children's Rights/Revue canadienne des droits des enfants in November 2019 on the occasion of the Universal Children's Day. Sidra will be starting a master's program in criminology at the University of Ottawa in September.

The winner of the graduate studies category is Amira Maameri, a doctoral student in law at the University of Ottawa registered in a joint Ph D program with the Université de Bordeaux. Her essay is entitled “L'Enfance autochtone et canadienne : Le Miroir de l’identité – Une quête légitime des mineurs autochtones du droit à la préservation de leur identité culturelle”. She receives a $250.00 prize. Amira will pursue her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law in September.

You can read the essays by clicking on the titles. Do you wish to take part in the IRLRC Essay Competition? Get acquainted with the 2019-2020 competition rules by visiting our Web site.

Congratulations to the winners!

Winners of the 2017-2018 competition

Léonie Bordeleau, a Programme de licence en droit civil graduate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is the winner of the IRLRC Essay Competition undergraduate category. Entitled La garde partagée des enfants en matière familiale : l'utopie de la pensée magique des tribunaux, Léonie's essay will be published in the Canadian Journal of Children's Rights / Revue canadienne des droits des enfants on November 21, 2018 on the occasion of the Universal Children's Day. Léonie is presently pursuing a master's program in Law at the Université de Sherbrooke.

The winner of the graduate studies category is Bahati Mujinya, a master's student in Law at the time of the Competition. His essay is entitled Analyse de la double victimisation des filles-soldats dans le processus de réparation des crimes internationaux. Regard sur la pratique de la Cour pénale internationale. He receives a $250.00 prize. Bahati started his doctoral studies in Law last September at the University of Ottawa.

You can read the essays by clicking on the titles. Do you wish to take part in the IRLRC Essay Competition? Get acquainted with the 2018-2019 competition rules by visiting our Web site.

Congratulations to the winners.

 

Winners of the 2016-2017 competition

The winners of the 2016-2017 competition are:

Undergraduate studies category:
First prize: 
Carine Plamondon, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of  Ottawa
Title: "Rôle de l’identité culturelle dans les décisions concernant les enfants autochtones du Canada dans les systèmes de protection de la jeunesse". The essay is published in the Canadian Journal of Children's Rights / Revue canadienne des droits des enfants.

Graduate studies category:
First prize:
Valère Nkouaya Mbandji,
doctoral student, Canon Law, Saint-Paul University
Title: "Les abus sexuels sur mineurs commis par des membres de l’Église au regard du droit pénal international". Prize: $250.00

The IRLRC congratulates the winners and thanks all the participants! Thank you for respecting copyrights.

Winner of the 2015-2016 competition

The winner of the 2015-2016 competition is:

Undergraduate studies category:
First prize: 
Emanuelle Boutin-Bérubé, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa
Title:La LSJPA suite à la réforme de 2012 : son efficacité à assurer la réalisation de ses objectifs de protection sociale ainsi que de responsabilsation, réadaptation et réinsertion des jeunes délinquants
Prize: publication in a scientific journal (to be confirmed)

Graduate studies category: no winner in that category.

The IRLRC congratulates the winner and thanks all the participants! Thank you for respecting copyrights.

Winner of the 2014-2015 competition

The winner of the 2014-2015 competition is:

Undergraduate studies category:
First prize: 
Camille Guérin Marion, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Title: Corporal Punishment and School Readiness - The Influence of Child Corporal Punishment on School Readiness
Prize: $500.00.

Graduate studies category: no winner in that category.

The IRLRC wishes to thank the School of Psychology and the Faculty of Social Sciences for their generous contribution.

Congratulations to the winner! Thank you for respecting copyrights.

Winners of the 2013-2014 competition

The winners of the 2013-2014 competition are:

Undergraduate studies category:
The are no winners in that category.

Graduate studies category:
First prize - there are two ex-æquo:

Emilie Brouzes, master's student, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Title: International Uncertainty: The Criminal Responsibility of Child Soldiers
Prize: $250.00

Randy Schliemann, master's student, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Title: Towards A Burundian Juvenile Justice System
Prize: $250.00

The IRLRC wishes to thank the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, for its generous contribution.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the participants. Thank you for respecting copyrights.

Winners of the 2012-2013 competition

The winners of the 2012-2013 competition are:

Undergraduate studies category:
Justine Johnston, 
Juris Doctor student, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
Title: Judicial Interviews with Children: Practice Guidelines
Prize: $500.00

Graduate studies category:
Catherine Vanner, doctoral student, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
Title: Finding a Voice: Children's Participation Rights in Secondary Schools in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa
Prize: $500.00

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the participants.

Thank you for respecting copyrights.

Winners of the 2011-2012 competition

The winners of the 2011-2012 competition are:

Undergraduate studies category:
First prize: Karine Hébert,
 LLL and Honours B.A. in International Development and Globalization (IDG), JD-LLL National Program Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Title: "La responsabilité des enfants-soldats pour crimes de droit international" 
Prize: $500.00

Second prize - there are two ex-æquo
Christina Bresciani,
 student at the Licence level, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa
Title: Bill C-10: In the Best Interest of the Child? 
Prize: $250.00

Simon Pelletier, student at the Licence level, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa
Title: "La pornographie juvénile sur Internet – Regard sociologico-juridique" 
Prize: $250.00

Honourable mention: 
Alana Toulin,
 Faculty of Arts, Department of History, Carleton University
Title: “It Was Too Soon To Speak”: Oral History and the Jewish War Orphans in Canada 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the participants.

Thank you for respecting copyrights.  

Winners of the 2010-2011 competition

The winners of the 2010-2011 Competition are:

Undergraduate studies category:
Yvan Rwananga
 yrwan069@uOttawa.ca
Student at the Licence level – Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa
Title: La problématique du traitement de la responsabilité pénale des enfants soldats auteurs de crimes
Prize: $1,000

Graduate studies category:
Alana Roscoe
 aroscoe@connect.carleton.ca
Student at the master's level– Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Carleton University
Title: The Office of the Children's Ombudsperson and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Necessary considerations for cross-national comparision
Prize: $1,000

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the participants.

Thank you for respecting copyrights. 

Research Assistants Competition 2021-2022

Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC)
Research Assistants Competition 2021-2022

The IRLRC will launch a competition for research assistantships for the period 2021-2022. Funds will be awarded to teams of at least two professors from separate faculties or departments of the University of Ottawa, at least one of whom must be a member of the Laboratory. This funding will be used to support the preparation of external grant applications (especially including Tri-Council) and must be expended over a period of one year from the date of award. Proposals will be evaluated by members of the Laboratory’s Steering Committee.

Three assistantships of $3,000 each are available. Please send your applications by email to lride@uottawa.ca no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021. Decisions will be rendered on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Applications must contain the following information (max. 3 pages):

  1. Description of the research project (objectives, methodology, etc.).
  2. Relationship to the mandate of the LRIDE and potential contribution to the Laboratory.
  3. Dissemination of results.
  4. Description of budget.
  5. Description of the research assistant's tasks and qualifications required.

Recipients will be requested to inform the Laboratory of the date of submission of the external funding request and the results of its evaluation.

Good luck!

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