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Craig Forcese wins ASIL Certificate of Merit

Posted by irwinlaw on January 10, 2019 in authors and awards.

Irwin Law wishes to congratulate Craig Forcese for being selected by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) as a recipient of the Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship for his book Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War (Irwin Law Inc, 2018).

In their report, the ASIL Committee wrote:

"At 369 pages, Forcese’s book is a comprehensive and engaging account of how a 19th century military action along the United States-Canada border came to inform today’s international legal doctrines on the use of military force against non-state actors, and when anticipatory self-defense claims can be used as a pretext for war. The Caroline was a steamboat used to transport insurgents during the 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada. A Canadian militia attacked and sunk the steamboat in the United States waters. The diplomatic settlement that followed helped solidify the international legal principle of the inherent right to self-defense. By retelling this centuries’ old narrative, Forcese opines on what the Caroline case’s understanding of the right to war and the right to self-defense mean for today’s battles and drone strikes, noting how far we’ve come or strayed from the original meaning of the Caroline settlement."

Craig Forcese is the author or coauthor of numerous books on Canadian law and public international law, including:

Once again, Irwin Law would like to congratulate Craig Forcese on this wonderful achievement.

Announcing the 2019 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Competition

Posted by irwinlaw on November 20, 2018 in awards and canadian class action review.

November 20, 2018

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C., Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Class Action Review, and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce the sixteenth annual Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize competition. The prize of $10,000 is awarded to an outstanding student paper on Canadian class actions.

The competition is open to all Canadian students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program. The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2019.

For more details, click here.

2018 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Winner Announced

Posted by irwinlaw on July 17, 2018 in awards and canadian class action review.

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C. and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize for the best student essay on Class Actions in Canada is Matt Malone.

Mr Malone is a recent graduate from the BCL/LLB program at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He holds an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA from the University of Toronto. His prize-winning paper, “Judicial Scrutiny of Third Party Litigation Funding Agreements in Canadian Class Actions,” will appear in an upcoming issue of Canadian Class Action Review. He will also receive a prize of $10,000.

2017 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize Winner Announced

Posted by irwinlaw on August 31, 2017 in awards and canadian class action review.

31 August 2017

Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C. and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize for the best student essay on Class Actions in Canada is Madeleine Brown.

Ms. Brown received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in June 2017, where she received the Gurston Allen Prize in Conflict of Laws. She is currently articling at a litigation boutique in Toronto, and teaches negotiation at Osgoode as a member of the “Lawyer as Negotiator” course teaching team. 

Her prize-winning paper, “Our Ageing CPA: It’s Time for Ontario to ‘Opt-In’ to a Modern Global Class-Actions Framework,” will appear in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Class Action Review. She will also receive a prize of $10,000, and has been asked to join the judging panel for next year’s competition.

Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences wins 2017 Walter Owen Book Prize

Posted by irwinlaw on August 18, 2017 in awards and law of evidence.

Irwin Law Inc. is extremely pleased to announce that the Walter Owen book prize has been awarded to The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences edited by Caitlin Pakosh! Pakosh will be joining the likes of our previous winners: Ed Ratushny (The Conduct of Public Inquiries, 2011), Ari Kaplan (Pension Law, 2009), and Edgar Gold, Aldo Chircop and Hugh Kindred (Maritime Law, 2005).

The clash of the scientific and legal cultures in the courtroom, though theoretically directed at finding the truth, is marked by tension. This guide provides criminal lawyers, defence and Crown alike, with a macroscopic view of multiple forensic science disciplines, specific to the Canadian legal system and written by Canadian experts.

Evidently, The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences was well-received by both the forensic and legal communities in Canada. The Walter Owen Book Prize Jury affirmed, “Incontestably, this text has become the seminal introductory treatment of the principal forensic sciences; invaluably serving those committed to life in the law either above, or in, the well of a court—both criminal and civil.”

As expressed by Pakosh and previous winners, the Walter Owen Book Prize is competitive to win and an honour to receive. She went on to say, “the contributors and I are thankful that the Foundation for Legal Research has recognized The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences as a piece of excellent legal writing that is an outstanding new contribution to Canadian legal doctrine. Creating the book took a considerable amount of time, dedication, and expertise from a diverse team of thirty-four professionals – we are grateful that our work has received such accolades,” Irwin Law’s Senior Editor Lesley Steeve echoed Pakosh’s sentiments, “I’m so pleased that a book that everyone put so much work into has been recognized by this wonderful award! Congrats to Caitlin — she truly deserves this award.”

As for our readers, you’re in luck! You can still get your copy of the highly acclaimed Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences here. Happy reading!

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