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.

2018 IIC Law Student Writing Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Law Student Award Winners, listed below.

For the 2018 Law Student Writing Award program, 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 2018 Annual Conference & General Meeting being held in Charlottetown, PEI.

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.


2017 Award Winners

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

IIC members can access copies of the papers by request or through the members-only side of the website under Announcements and in the Document Library.

First prize ($7,500 and invitation to the IIC Conference in Banff, Alberta, September 14-17, 2017)      

Dylan Gibbs
University of Alberta
Faculty Sponsor: Roderick Wood

Paper: Whose Restructuring is it Anyway? The Disconnect Between Third-Party Releases and the CCAA's Restructuring Purpose.

Second prize ($5,000)    

Mia Tritter
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Telfer

Paper: Has the Door to Equitable Subordination in CCAA Proceedings Been Closed?

Third prize ($2,500) 

Nicholas Dempsey
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Chris Armstrong

Paper: Is it the Third Time the Charm: The Supreme Court of Canada's Opportunity to Clarify the Question of the Equitable Subordination Under the CCAA.