Baxter Family Competition on Federalism

Baxter Family Competition on Federalism

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. The overarching goal of this prestigious bi‐annual essay competition is to advance research and foster informed debate on federalism by law students, as well as law Ph.D. candidates, junior legal scholars and junior lawyers from around the world. First, second and third-place winners will receive prizes of$5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 respectively. Finalists will also an opportunity to present their papers at a Symposium organized by the McGill Faculty of Law, in Montreal.

McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs.

Eligibility:

The Competition is open to all law students, as well as law Ph.D. 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 on September 30th, 2011

How to Apply:

To be entering in contest, write essays on 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”:

  • The potential and challenges of federal constitutional design for complex multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multinational societies, including those with mixed legal systems and/or those seeking post-conflict reconciliation.
  • The institutions, mechanisms and constitutional principles that may enhance or undermine “good government” in federal systems.

Essay Guidelines:

  • 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 (including footnotes)
  • Unpublished (not yet accepted for publication) as of September 30, 2016
  • Written in 12 point font, double‐spaced, with 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

Submitting Details:

Submissions are to be emailed to Professor Johanne Poirier, Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism, at johanne.poirier3-at-mcgill.ca

Award Amount:

  • 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

Application Deadline:

Your essay must be submitted by September 30, 2016, at 13h00, Eastern Standard Time (Montreal time).

Link for More Information:

https://www.mcgill.ca/law/channels/news/baxter-competition-federalism-2016

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