2018 Winner of the Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize and call for submissions for 2019


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Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association congratulates the winner of its annual writing prize for students writing on the topic of protection of freedom of expression or freedom of the press in Canada.

M. Jay Smith-Hayward, a student at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, received the $2,500.00 prize for her paper entitled “The Unfairness of Fair Comment: How the defence to defamation went wrong in Canada and how to fix it”. (See below for a link to the paper.)

Ad IDEM/CMLA is seeking submissions for the annual student writing prize for a paper promoting freedom of expression. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2019 with the winner to be announced by September 2019.

Ad IDEM/CMLA is dedicated to the promotion and protection of freedom of expression throughout Canada. Our objective is to reaffirm every day, in every court in our country, the importance of these freedoms.

All law students in Canadian law schools (LL.B/JD or LL.M candidates who will graduate in 2019 or later) are eligible.

For submission details please click on the link below.

M Jay Smith-Hayward - The Unfairness of Fair Comment

The Ad IDEM Writing Prize 2019

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