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As part of its mandate to encourage and develop the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary study of the relations between law and society, the CLSA awards a number of prizes for scholarship on law and society. Winners are announced at the annual meeting in early summer.

The W. Wesley Pue Book Prize is awarded annually for the best book on law and society published in the previous year in English or in French. More information is available here. Please submit inquiries to

The CLSA Article Prize is awarded for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society. For English articles, the award is given annually for an article published in the previous year. For French articles, the award is given biennially for articles published in the two previous years.

The Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on a topic in law and society written by a graduate student at a Canadian university. Please submit inquiries to

For further information, contact the CLSA at


Use the tabs below to view our recent winners:


W. Wesley Pue Book Prize

2019: Elaine Craig, Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018).

Honourable mention: Philip Girard, Jim Phillips and R. Blake Brown, A History of Law in Canada. Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1866 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society, 2018).   

2018: Constance Backhouse, Claire L'Heureux-Dubé: A Life (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017).

Honourable mention: Prashan Ranasinghe, Helter-Shelter: Security, Legality, and an Ethic of Care in an Emergency Shelter (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017). 

2017: W. Wesley Pue, Lawyers’ Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016).

2016: Craig Forcese and Kent Roach, False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015).

Short listed: Sarah Biddulph, The Stability Imperative: Human Rights and Law in China (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015).

Short listed: David Fraser, "Honorary Protestants": The Jewish School Question in Montreal, 1867-1997 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2015).

2015: Richard Weisman, Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

Honourable mention: Dominique Clément, Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953-84 (Vancouver: UBC Press and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014).

2014: Mary Anne Waldron, Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013).

2013: R. Blake Brown, Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012).

Honourable mention: Shelley Gavigan, Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 (Vancouver: UBC Press and Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012).

Honourable mention: David Milward, Aboriginal Justice and the Charter: Realizing a Culturally Sensitive Interpretation of Legal Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

2011: John Borrows, Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).

Honourable mention: Ken Leyton-Brown, The Practice of Execution in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010).


CLSA Article Prize (English)

2019: Anna C. Pratt and Jessica Templeman, "Jurisdiction, Sovereignties and Akwesasne: Shiprider and the Re-Crafting of Canada-US Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement" (2018) 33 CJLS/RCDS 335-57.

Honourable mention: Andrea Sterling and Emily van der Meulen, "'We Are Not Criminals': Sex Work Clients and the Constitution of Risk Knowledge" (2018) 33 CJLS/RCDS 291-308.

2018: Jennifer Raso, "Displacement as Regulation: New Regulatory Technologies and Front-Line Decision-Making in Ontario Works" (2017) 32 CJLS/RCDS 75-95.

Honourable mention: Lisa Kerr, "Sentencing Ashley Smith: How Prison Conditions Relate to the Aims of Punishment" (2017) 32 CJLS/RCDS 187-207.

2017: Marianne Quirouette, Tyler Frederick, Jean Hughes, Jeff Karabanow and Sean Kidd, “‘Conflict with the Law’: Regulation & Homeless Youth Trajectories Toward Stability” (2016) 31 CJLS/RCDS 383-404.

Honourable mention: Barry D. Adam, Jason Globerman, Richard Elliott, Patrice Corriveau, Ken English and Sean Rourke, “HIV Positive People’s Perspectives on Canadian Criminal Law and Non-Disclosure,” (2016) 31 CJLS/RCDS 1-23.

2016: G. Blaine Baker, "Testamentary Archeology in Late-Victorian Ontario: William Martin's Little, Posthumous Legal System" (2015) 30 CJLS/RCDS 345-63.

Honourable mention: Anita Lam and Lily Cho, "Under the Lucky Moose: Belatedness and Citizen's Arrest in Canada" (2015) 30 CJLS/RCDS 147-62.

2015: Eva Mackey, “Unsettling Expectations: (Un)Certainty, Settler States of Feeling, Law, and Decolonization” (2014) 29 CJLS/RCDS 235-52.

Honourable mention: Lori Chamber and Jen Roth, “Prejudice Unveiled: The Niqab in Court” (2014) 29 CJLS/RCDS 381-95.

2014: Shiri Pasternak, Sue Collis and Tia Dafnos, “Criminalization at Tyendinaga: Securing Canada’s Colonial Property Regime through Specific Land Claims” (2013) 28 CJLS/RCDS 65-81.

Honorable mention: Matthew Tomm, “Public Reason and the Disempowerment of Aboriginal People in Canada” (2013) 28 CJLS/RCDS 293-314.

2013: Sarah Marsden, “The New Precariousness: Temporary Migrants and the Law in Canada” (2012) 27 CJLS/RCDS 209-29.

Honourable mention: Sarah Hamill, “Making the Law Work: Alberta’s Liquor Act and the Control of Medicinal Liquor from 1916 to 1924” (2012) 27 CJLS/RCDS 249-65.

2011: Lori Chambers, “Women’s Labour, Relationship Breakdown and Ownership of the Family Farm” (2010) 25 CJLS/RCDS 75-95.


CLSA Article Prize (French)

2019: Brieg Capitaine, « Sortir de la violence : La Commission de vérité et de réconciliation du Canada sur les pensionnats indiens » (2017) 32 CJLS/RCDS 349-69.

Honourable mention: Marie-Neige Laperrière, « Perspective féministe sur l'article 1974.1 du Code Civil du Québec: Une protection efficace dans la vie des femmes locataires victimes de violences? » (2018) 33 CJLS/RCDS 41-59.

2017: Mélanie Méthot,  « Le marriage, c’est l’affaire de l’Église : pouvoir d’État et bigamie » (2016) 31 CJLS/RCDS 429-49.

2015: Ronald Niezen and Marie-Pierre Gadoua, “Témoignage et histoire dans la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation du Canada” (2014) 29 CJLS/RCDS 21-42.

2013: Richard Dubé, “La théorie de dissuasion remise en question par la rationalité du risque” (2012) 27 CJLS/RCDS 1-29.

2011: Sébastien Grammond, “L’appartenance aux communatés inuit du Nunavik: un cas de réception de l’ordre juridique inuit?” (2008) 23 CJLS/RCDS 93-119.


Roderick A. Macdonald CLSA Student Essay Prize

2019: Daniel del Gobbo, “Negotiating Campus Sexual Violence"

2018: Isabelle Lefroy, "Interpreting Totems: Cultural Appropriation on the Pacific Northwest Coast" 

2017: Eliza Bateman, "“The Unrighteous Will Not Inherit the Kingdom of God: Ex-Gay Christian Communities, Reparative Therapy and Religious Law”

Honourable mention: David Sandomierski, “Theory and Practice, Together at Last: A Heretical, Empirical Account of Canadian Legal Education”

2016 (joint winner): Évelyne Jean-Bouchard, "Pour une approche féministe du pluralisme juridique: le jeu des lois révisité"

2016 (joint winner): Daniel Huizenga, "Articulations of Aboriginal Title, Indigenous Rights, and Living Customary Law in South Africa"

CSLA Student Essay Prize

2015: Rebecca Bromwich, “Re-Reading the Ashley Smith Case: Necropolitical Exclusion and Multiple Agencies”

Honourable mention: Yael Machtinger, “Socio-Legal Gendered Remedies to Get Refusal: Top Down, Bottom Up”

Honourable mention: Cindy Gagnon, “L’instauration du Programme des travailleurs agricoles saisonniers (PTAS): Les pratiques canadiennes remises en question sous l’angle de la ‘vulnérabilisation’ des travailleurs étrangers”