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 2017 CCAT/CTAC Student Essay Competition

In conjunction with the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals’ 33rd Annual Symposium, “On the Edge between Sea and Sky: New Horizons for Administrative Justice,” co-sponsored by the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals, JD or LLB students at Canadian law schools are invited to submit papers to the 2017 CCAT/CTAC student essay competition.



The winning paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice. The winning author will be acknowledged at the Symposium and receive $1000.00 and free registration to the Symposium to be held May 28-30, 2017 in Vancouver.


Entries will be judged by a panel of administrative law experts including:

Frank Falzon QC, Victoria, British Columbia

Professor Mary Liston, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Professor Shaun Fluker, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Professor Gerald Heckman, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, CJALP Editorial Board

Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Professor Audrey Macklin, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Margaret Leighton, Social Justice Tribunals Ontario, CJALP Editor in Chief

Professor Denis Lemieux, Faculté de droit, Université Laval, CJALP Editorial Board

Alexander Pless, Avocat général/General Counsel, Federal Department of Justice

Professor Sheila Wildman, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Professor Nicolas Lambert, Faculty of Law, University of Moncton


  • Papers should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words 
  • Papers may be in either English or French 
  • Papers will address a topic within the Symposium’s theme of “New Horizons for Administrative Justice”. Some suggestions are: 
    • Substantive review: “New Horizons” or the status quo? Wilson v Atomic Energy 
    • New Horizons for Access to Justice and Decision-makers: Adjudication and the Self-represented
    • New Horizons and Innovation: The Promise and Perils of On-Line Adjudication
  • Formatting must be consistent with the CJALP’s Guidelines to Authors available at
  • Entries MUST be submitted no later than February 10, 2017
  • Entries must include a cover letter listing the author’s name, mailing and email addresses as well as the author’s law school and year of study. The author must also provide the name and contact information (email address and office phone number) of their public law / administrative law instructor who may be contacted to verify, for example, the author’s law school enrollment. 
  • The entry may not have been published in another journal or format. 
The winner will be notified by mid-March 2017. It is expected the final version of the paper will be submitted to Carswell by early April for publication in June. 

Further information can be obtained at