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Research Grants

Funding for Legal Research

The Foundation for Legal Research provides funds for legal research falling into three broad categories, namely:

  • Research and writing where the emphasis is on the statement of existing rules of law, sometimes referred to as doctrinal research;
  • Research with regard to the working of the legal system; and
  • Research with regard to developments in fields peripheral to legal doctrine, such as criminology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and economics and their relationship to rules of law.

The goal of the Foundation is to encourage legal writing that will be valuable to Canadian lawyers, notaries and judges in their day-to-day work in the law and to the administration of justice.

The Foundation was created in 1957.  It is supported by Life Fellows and members who are members of the legal profession across Canada who believe in the importance of legal research.

Thanks to gifts from Foundation members and assistance received from the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec, annual grants will be awarded in 2018 in amounts of $5,000.  In addition, it is anticipated that two major grants in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded in 2018 for research projects in the field of public law (Including but not limited to constitutional law, administrative law, municipal law, criminal law, aboriginal law and public International law).

Most applicants are jurists and law teachers in Canada seeking funding for summer research.  The deadline for receipt of application is January 18, 2019.

Address for Application Submissions:

Wayne Robertson
Executive Director
The Law Foundation of British Columbia
605 Robson Street, Suite 1340
Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3
Email Address:  cflr@lawfoundationbc.org 

Contact for Questions or Further Information:

Michelle C. Awad, Q.C.
McInnes Cooper
1300-1969 Upper Water Street
P.O. Box 730 Stn. Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2V1
Tel: 902-444-8509 Fax: 902-425-6350

If a grant is authorized, the Foundation will expect completion of the work by May 1, 2020 and we require that a copy of the resulting book, article, thesis, or other work be provided.  We also require a brief progress report mid-project and a final financial report which includes a complete account of the expenditure of the grant funds together with relevant receipts.   Please send the reports and final work to the Foundation, c/o Barbara Best, 436-900 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 4P6 email: cflr2019grants@virtualworks.ca


Chambre des notaires du Québec The generous financial support of Chambre des notaires du Québec to the research grant program, is gratefully acknowledged.
The Law Foundation of British-Columbia The generous financial support of the Law Foundation of British Columbia to the research grant program is gratefully acknowledged.

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