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, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

2021-2022 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.

    • The paper may be the work of a single individual or a team of up to three individuals.

    • The text must be written in French or English and double-spaced, Arial font, size 12.

    • FOR BOTH CATEGORIES: Submissions must not exceed 8,000 words in length including references, notes, figures and tables (excluding Reference List/Bibliography).

  4. Submissions must be sent no later than May 15 at 11:59 p.m. and must contain:

  5. Prizes: The winning submissions in both categories, Undergraduate and Graduate, will be published by the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.

Winners of the 2021-2022 competition

Category Undergraduate

Juliette Samson and Gabrielle-Anne Labrecque (Université Laval).

Category Graduate

Emmanuelle Garcia (University of Ottawa).

The winning submissions will be published by the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights in the coming weeks.

The competition is open to students from university members of the Canadian Association of Human Rights Institutes (CAHRI), 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 and University of Ottawa.

Congratulations to the winners and the participating students!

Emmanuelle Garcia, Gabrielle-Anne Labrecque and Juliette Samson
Emmanuelle Garcia, Gabrielle-Anne Labrecque and Juliette Samson

Winners of the 2020-2021 competition

Congratulations to the two winners of the 2020-2021 Essay Competition!

Cathy Broussard, a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) specialized in Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, specialization thesis option under the supervision of Professor Elisa Romano who is a member of our Laboratory. She won first prize in the Undergraduate Studies category for her dissertation entitled PDEP Program, Parenting Practices and Predictors: Examining Parenting Outcomes and Predictors from the Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) Program.

Cathy Broussard
Cathy Broussard

Isabelle Lefebvre, a student enrolled in the Ph.D. in Law program at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law Graduate Studies under the supervision of Professor David Robitaille. She won won the Graduate Studies category for her work entitled Climate Education and Empowerment as Vectors of the Right to a Healthy Environment? submitted as part of the Law and Climate Change course in the Common Law Section, under the direction of Professor Nathalie Chalifour.

Congratulations to Cathy and Isabelle!

Their work will be published in the scientific journal The Canadian Journal of Children's Rights/Revue canadienne des droits des enfants in the fall of 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the IRLRC Essay Competition, stay tuned for the 2021-2022 guidelines on our webpage.

Isabelle Lefebvre
Isabelle Lefebvre

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.

Andrea Korajlija
Andrea Korajlija

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!

Fabien Vadnais
Fabien Vadnais

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!

Sidra Hashmi (L) and  Amira Maameri (R)
Sidra Hashmi (L) and Amira Maameri (R)

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 tribunauxLéonie'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 internationaleHe 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.

Léonie Bordeleau
Bahati Mujinya (L) and Léonie Bordeleau (R)