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 CCAT/CTAC Student Essay Contest


About the Contest

The Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in administrative justice. The contest’s goal is to engage law students in the work of the CCAT and administrative tribunal community and to promote scholarship concerning the administrative justice system.

The winning paper may be published in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice and the winner may be invited to present the paper at CCAT’s Annual Symposium, which will take place at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, QC, May 31-June 1, 2020. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500, free registration to the Symposium and a $500 stipend for travel and accommodation.


The contest is open only to students registered for a full or part-time undergraduate degree (J.D., LL.B. or B.C.L.) or a full-time LL.M. or doctoral (PhD, SJD, LL.D.) at a Faculty of Law at a Canadian university and only for a paper written while they were completing this degree. Students are welcome to submit papers prepared as part of academic course work for the prize. Candidates must confirm their academic registration, the date the paper was written, and that the paper has not been submitted elsewhere, in whole or in part, for publication.

Subject and Form

The prize is awarded annually for an original paper, previously unpublished, on a topic relating to administrative law, particularly as it relates to the administrative justice system. Candidates are encouraged to consider subjects relating to the theme of CCAT’s 2020 Symposium, Getting Real with Tribunal Excellence: #WhatnowCCAT2020.

Papers in French or English must be between 5,000 and 7,500 words, including notes and tables.  Papers with word counts falling outside these word limits may be excluded from consideration.  Papers must be formatted in accordance with the CJALP’s Author Guidelines. The candidate’s name and university should appear on the cover of the paper but the text must not otherwise identify its author.


A committee of leading administrative law practitioners and academics will select the best paper. It must be of publishable quality and make a significant contribution to scholarship concerning the administrative justice system. CCAT will not award the prize if there is no text of sufficient merit. The CJALP agrees to publish the winning paper in accordance with the terms of its standard authorization to publish.


Submissions must be received by e-mail at essay.essai@ccat-ctac.org no later than March 20, 2020. The winner will be contacted in May.