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.

2019 IIC Law Student Writing Awards

The 2019 program marks the 15th anniversary of the IIC Law Student Writing Awards. We will be celebrating, along with our honoured guests, including the first place award winner and their faculty sponsor, at the Ritz Carleton in Naples, Florida. The award presentation will be held at the IIC Annual Meeting & Conference, October 24-27, 2019.

The Awards Brochure and Entry Form must be submitted with each paper. Please fill it out, save it and email it per below.

2019 Awards Brochure and Entry Form - English

2019 Awards Brochure and Entry Form - French

The 2019 deadline for submission is midnight Friday, June 14, 2019. Papers and entry forms must be emailed to executive director Meghan Howard by the deadline to be considered.

2019 Award Details

First, second and third prizes of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded. The prize for the first-place winner will be presented at the IIC's annual conference being held in Naples, Florida. Both the first place winner and their faculty sponsor will be invited guests of the IIC at the conference, with complimentary conference registration (including accommodations). Travel costs will be reimbursed.  If a co-authored paper is selected for first place, the division of the prize and the reimbursed travel costs will be entirely at the discretion of the winners.


  • The competition is open to law students in full-time undergraduate law programs at Canadian universities. Entries may be submitted in English or French.
  • Each student is limited to one entry. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted from one university, but each paper must bear the endorsement of a law faculty member.
  • Papers must be no longer than 3,000 words (exclusive of footnotes) and must be typed. Papers may be jointly written.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically to the Executive Director at the email provided in the entry form by the deadline.
  • The paper must be focused on restructuring in an insolvency context.

Congratulations to our 2018 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 presented at the IIC Conference in Charlottetown, PEI held Sept 27-30, 2018)      

Adam Driedger
Western University
Faculty Sponsor: Alfonso Nocilla

Paper: Bitcoin and Bankruptcy: Implications for Canadian Insolvency Law

Second prize ($5,000)    

Myles Davis
University of Manitoba
Faculty Sponsor: Virginia Torrie

Paper: CBCA Section 192: Canada's Next Insolvency Regime

Third prize ($2,500) 

Joshua Foster
University of Toronto
Faculty Sponsor: Adriana Robertson

Paper: Reconsidering Equitable Subordination