CALT Awards: 2020 Winners

2020 Awards


1) CALT Prize for Academic Excellence

This year’s winner is Prof. Janine Benedet (University of British Columbia).

Prof. Benedet’s career has demonstrated excellence in multiple ways. Her research has been prolific, courageous, feminist and rooted in her activism. She has shown a consistent willingness to engage in legal education with the judiciary, the public, and especially with her students. She brings her expertise to law reform, litigation and policy-making in multiple fora. With feminism as a consistent thread Prof. Benedet has demonstrated excellence across legal subdisciplines including criminal law, and labour and employment.


2) Scholarly paper award

This year’s winner is Prof. Jason MacLean (University of Saskatchewan) for his paper “Manufacturing Consent to Climate Inaction: A Case Study of The Globe and Mail’s Pipeline Coverage” (2019) 42:2 Dalhousie Law Journal.

Prof. MacLean’s paper stood out from an extraordinarily large field of truly excellent scholarship for a number of reasons. First the socio-legal methodology was well executed, from the research question to the thoughtful multi-methods execution. Second the analysis was compelling and engaging, while also including excellent doctrinal coverage- the paper was both interesting and informative. Finally, the paper was well-written, moving from complex methodology to pithy coverage of a timely topic in easy to read prose.

Due to the extraordinary number of papers submitted this year, and the very high quality of the submissions across the board, the subcommittee has also exceptionally selected three honourable mentions:

  • Kristen Thomasen, “Robots, Regulation and the Changing Nature of Public Space” (2020) 51:2 Ottawa Law Review 275
  • Efrat Arbel, “Rethinking the ‘Crisis’ of Indigenous Mass Imprisonment” (2019) 34:3 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 437
  • Daneille del Gobbo “Queer Dispute Resolution” (2019) 20:2 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 283

The depth, breadth and strength of scholarship amongst ‘new scholars’ in Canada is very exciting.


3) CALT Award for Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

This year’s winner is Prof. Pooja Parmar (University of Victoria), for her article: “Reconciliation and ethical lawyering: Some Thoughts on Cultural Competence” (2019) 97:3 Canadian Bar Review 526.

Prof. Parmar’s paper is timely, and makes key links between teaching in law schools, reconciliation and the legal profession. The paper demonstrates an especially generous and intelligent treatment of the work of others in this area, in particular Indigenous scholars. Prof. Parmar’s commentary on our attempts so far to teach reconciliation in law schools is incisive, critical and constructive. Her instructive suggestions for a better way forward are engaging, optimistic, and concrete.

The subcommittee has also exceptionally selected an honourable mention in this category as well:

  • David Sandomierski, “Catalytic Agents? Lon Fuller, James Milner, and the Lawyer as Social Architect, 1950-1969”

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