Law Student Writing Awards Program

The IIC sponsors an annual competition for full-time undergraduate students in Canadian Law Schools.The purpose of the IIC Law Student Writing Awards Program is to stimulate interest among law students in the research and development of papers based on corporate insolvency and restructuring topics and to recognize outstanding achievement in this endeavour.   

The awards program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to research insolvency issues, develop ideas, and bring proposals for reform to the attention of the business and legal community.

Winning papers are available to members through the members-side of the website and can also be found on the documents section under resources.

2017 Program

The 2017 Law Student Writing Award Program is now closed. Top three papers will be announced in late August. Thank you to all those who applied.

 First, second and third place prizes of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded. The first place winner and faculty sponsor will be invited guests at the 2017 Annual Conference & General Meeting being held September 14-17 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta.

The 2018 Law Student Writing Award Program will open in the spring of 2018 - watch here for more information.

Extensions will not be provided. All papers must be submitted to Please do not submit through the website contact menu - use your preferred email provider. A confirmation will be sent within three business days of receipt. If you have not received a confirmation by that time, please call 416-646-1600.


2016 Award Winners

Please join the IIC Board of Directors and Judges Panel in congratulating the following winners:

First prize ($7,500 and Invitation to the IIC Conference in Bermuda, Nov 3-6, 2016)      

Andrew Harmes
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Faculty Sponsor: Stephanie Ben-Ishai

Paper: Standing Up for Shareholders: Treatment of Shareholders and Equity Claims in Canadian Corporate Insolvency Proceedings

Second prize ($5,000)    

Matt Aleksic
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Chris Armstrong

Paper: The Interest Stops Rule: Is Nortel the Last Word?

Third prize ($2,500) 

Michael Barrett
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Chris Armstrong

Paper: Substantive Consolidation After Nortel: The Treatment of Corporate Groups in Canadian Insolvency Law