Student Research Colloquium



The Colloquium is the perfect opportunity to present your research and obtain feedback and insight from your colleagues and Faculty members. This one-day in person conference will also include a Q&A session and a keynote speech from an esteemed member of our legal community. Monetary awards and prizes will be awarded for the best research paper in English and in French, as well as for the best presenter in English and in French.

The 2024 submissions deadline has passed.

We thank Emilio and Brigitte Binavince, their children, and their families, for their generous donation in support of the Colloquium.

Emilio Binavince was born in Rosales, Philippines in 1935. He received his LL.B. degree from Manuel L. Quezon University in Manila in 1957. Emilio attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Fulbright Scholar, receiving a M.C.L before continuing his studies at Harvard Law School, where he received a LL.M. He was also a awarded a research fellowship by Germany’s prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, which allowed him to pursue Doctoral Studies at Bonn, Germany. It was during this time that he met his spouse, Brigitte, enlisting her as “unofficial translator” for his book on negligence, Die vier Momente der Fahrlässigkeitsdelikte, published in German in 1969.


Emilio joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1965 and was a professor from 1965 to 1980. His academic interests included criminal, tax, competition, and constitutional law. He published widely in these areas. He founded the Ottawa Law Review, one of the first Canadian, student-run law journals and was its first Faculty Editor. He was also the founding chair of the Joint MBA/LLB Program and co-Director of the Graduate Program.


Emilio left his position at the Faculty of Law in 1986 to join the law firm that is now known as Gowling WLG. He eventually established his own firm and continued his advocacy practice until his retirement in 2006. He appeared at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada, representing governments, companies, individuals, and advocacy groups, including Amnesty International and the Minority Advocacy and Rights Council.


As a proud Canadian, Emilio embraced all things Canadian. He became an avid hockey parent, a winter sports enthusiast, and a champion of tolerance and other Canadian values. As a community leader, Emilio was actively involved in several organizations, including the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, the Network on the Constitution, the Canadian Ethnocultural Foundation, and Parkway House. He was also appointed to the Presidential Commission on Good Government, a Philippine government agency established in 1986 by then President Corazon Aquino to recover ill-gotten wealth accumulated by Ferdinand Marcos, his family and close associates, whether located in the Philippines or abroad.


Emilio’s distinguished career exemplifies his commitment to hard work, tenacity, and the willingness to be a trail blazer and advocate for equity seeking groups. He was the first person of Filipino descent to be called to the bars of Ontario and Saskatchewan. He won several awards including the Mabuhay Award, Outstanding Filipino in Canada, the Canadian Ethnocultural Council Award and the Philippines Presidential Award.


Of his many accomplishments, Emilio is particularly proud of his role in founding the Ottawa Law Review. Notwithstanding the many challenges they faced, Emilio and his student organizers remained tenacious and committed to establishing a student-run law journal which quickly became a world-class law journal. Chief Justice Richard Wagner has described the Ottawa Law Review as a “gem of an institution” for its excellence in legal scholarship, its commitment to bilingualism, and its promotion of diverse viewpoints on timely legal issues.


Throughout his career and since retirement, Emilio has enjoyed the love and support of his wife Brigitte and the admiration of his three children, all of whom obtained law degrees and practice law today. He is also a joyful “Lolo” to his eight grandchildren.

If you’ve recently completed a research paper for a class or have a previously written paper that you’re proud of, we encourage you to consider submitting it to the 2024 Emilio Binavince Student Research Colloquium!


  • Students can be in any year of a Juris Doctor (Common Law), LL.L. (Civil Law) or joint degree program, or in an LL.M. or Ph.D. program.
  • Research papers should be of original work, have compelling legal analysis, and should sufficiently contribute to existing literature on a specific legal topic.
  • A recommendation from the professor for whom the research paper was written should be included as part of the submission package. This recommendation should be in PDF form on the front matter of the article, indicating the grade received, the professor’s recommendation statement, as well as their contact email.
  • Research papers should not include any identifiable information. Please include author name and contact information in the email instead.
  • Submissions can be in English or French.
  • Submissions cannot exceed 15,000 words (excluding footnotes), should include a 200-word abstract, and be in PDF format.


Please direct any questions and your submissions to Ms. Mckenna Merkas, Research Colloquium Manager, at


All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of the acceptance of their paper to the Colloquium.