Law student affairs news
The Faculty is pleased to report that this year's Vis moot team, comprised of Albert Chen, Martin Doe, Annie Guérard-Langlois and Rachel St. John, took home the second-place award (ex aequo with Columbia) for claimant's factum.
Congratulations to Laura Buckingham (Law IV), who is this year's winner of the 2007 Allan Falconer Memorial Student Essay Competition for her article "Striking Back: The Tort Action for Spousal Violence." The contest is run by the Canadian Journal of Family Law (CJFL), an interdisciplinary academic journal at UBC that publishes articles on a wide variety of family law issues in both English and French on topics in either common law or civil law. Along with presenting Laura with a monetary prize, the CJFL will publish her article in its upcoming July 2007 publication.
Alumnus Jean-Philippe Dallaire (BCL/LLB'06 with great distinction) has won one of the five 2006-2007 10-month internships from the Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant.
The Faculty of Law is pleased to report that LLM student Emmanuel Henri Ravanas has won, ex-aequo, the Prix de la Chaire du Notariat (administered by the Chair, which is at Université de Montréal). His topic is "Les difficultés d'introduction de la fiducie québécoise dans les pays de tradition civiliste connaissant l'institution de la réserve héréditaire. L'exemple de la France." The Faculty extends its congratulations to Mr. Ravanas and his supervisor, Professor Madeleine Cantin Cumyn.
Alumnus Guillaume Rousseau will be launching his book, "La nation à l'épreuve de l'immigration," on Wednesday, November 8, at Salle Ludger-Duvernay, 82 Sherbrooke Street West, at 7 pm. Bernard Landry, who wrote the preface, will be in attendance.
Frédéric Desmarais (Law III) has won the 2006 Matthieu-Bernard legal essay contest organized by the Société québécoise de droit international. His paper, "Le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé des peuples autochtones en droit international à la lumière des modèles de l'intégrité culturelle et de l'autodétermination: l'émergence d'un principe prématuré," impressed the jury, who declared it an excellent paper, with its solid documentation and detailed analysis. His text will be published in the Revue québécoise de droit international in March 2007.
Innocence McGill has been selected as one of the nine McGill finalists in the 2006 Forces AVENIR contest. Winners will be announced September 28 during the awards gala.
The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to this year's gold medalists and fellowship winners: Aseet Dalvi (Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal); Peter Repetto (Aimé Geoffrion Gold Medal); Christine Mainville (David L. Johnston Gold Medal); and Julia Carbone (Thomas Shearer Stewart Travelling Fellowship).
The John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award went to Daniel Jutras this year, in recognition of the quality of his teaching and the inspiration he brings to his students.
Not all clerical jobs are created equal. Some can lead to a lifetime of toiling in obscurity while others are stepping stones to bigger and better things. Supreme Court clerkships fall in the latter category, which is why eight McGill law students were clicking their heels after finding out they had been chosen for one.
The Charles-Rousseau Moot was held this year in Tunis, from May 1 to 7. Bravo to the McGill team, composed of Émilie Fay-Carlos, Kyle Gervais, Camille Paulus and coach Antoine Motulsky, who took 4th place for best paper. Émilie Fay-Carlos also took 9th place for her presentation. This year, the case opposed the Jasmine Republic and the Iris Kingdom regarding fishing rights on the Tethys Sea.
The 2005-06 Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot took place in Vienna from April 7-15. This year's team, comprising Bram Abramson, David Dubrovsky, Rajalakshmi (Shubha) Krishnan and Aleks Zivanovic, tied for 2nd place (with Ottawa) for best claimant's memorandum (out of nearly 160 teams) and received an honourable mention (i.e., in top 10%) for best respondent's memorandum. Aleks Zivanovic also received an honourable mention, missing the top mooting prize by the impossibly narrow margin of 0.5%. The team was advised by Kate Taylor (Oslers), Catherine Walsh and Frédéric Bachand. Oslers, Ogilvy Renault, Fasken Martineau, and Davies helped during practice arguments.