Competitions

IRLRC Essay Competition

The Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) organizes on a yearly basis an essay competition on the rights of the child. The 2020-2021 rules of the competition are posted below. The deadline for sending texts for the 2020-2021 academic year is May 15, 2021 at 23:59 pm. The prizes will be announced at a later date.

 

Rules of the competition 2020-2021

  1. Participants must be registered in a program of studies at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Saint-Paul University or the Université du Québec en Outaouais, or have been registered within the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions.
  2. Participants must submit an original text on a subject related to the rights of the child. The text must include all citations and notes. The text must have a minimum of 15 pages and cannot exceed 30 pages in length (excluding the bibliography) for undergraduate students; graduate students must submit a text with a minimum of 25 pages and a maximum of 60 pages (excluding the bibliography).
  3. The text can be the work of an individual or of a team made up of no more than three people.
  4. The text must have been prepared for a course or for the completion of diploma or degree requirements.
  5. The text must be written in English or French.
  6. The text must be authenticated and recommended by the professor responsible for the course.The authentification and the recommendation can be sent by e-mail to: mona.pare@uOttawa.ca.
  7. The text, in pdf format, must be sent by e-mail to mona.pare@uOttawa.ca no later than May 15 at 23:59 pm.
  8. The text must be double spaced using Arial font size 12.
  9. The title page of the text should not show the author’s name or university. This information should be in a separate one-page letter including the author’s address, the title of the submitted text, the name of the supervising professor and a certificate of authenticity from the professor.
  10. There are two categories in the competition: Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. A jury made up of at least three people presided by a member of the IRLRC will determine the winners in each category.
  11. The prizes will be announced at a later date. 
  12. The jury reserves the right to not attribute a prize in one or both categories if the submitted texts do not warrant it.
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. 

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