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Graduate Law students Jean-François Hébert and Robin F. Hansen win Marc Lalonde Prize

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Published: 13 Feb 2009

Two McGill Law graduate students have been awarded the first Marc Lalonde Prize for Excellence in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration. DCL student Jean-François Hébert (on left) and LLM student Robin F. Hansen (on right) were presented with $5,000 each and honoured at a ceremony held earlier this week at Ogilvy Renault in Montreal.

The Marc Lalonde Prize was founded by the Canadian Arbitration Congress to recognize the author of an essay on a topic of international commercial or investment arbitration.

Jean-François Hébert’s winning entry was entitled, "Abuse of Corporate Nationality and the Jurisdiction of International Investment Tribunals," while Robin F. Hansen’s was called, "Systemic Tension in Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Search for Meaningful Corporate Nationality in an Era of Multinational Business."

The competition is open to law graduates from across Canada who are either currently pursuing or have recently completed further studies in commercial or investment arbitration. However this year, the judges agreed that both McGill papers were the best – and decided to let both worthy candidates share the prize equally.

The ceremony was attended by the Honourable Marc Lalonde, along with the Bâtonnier du Québec, Gérald R. Tremblay, members of the Canadian Arbitration Congress and several members of the international arbitration community in Montreal.

For more about the Canadian Arbitration Congress, visit  www.canadianarbitrationcongress.com.

Photo courtesy of Ogilvy Renault.

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