Student Research Colloquium

The Emilio Binavince Student Research Colloquium will take place March 16-17, 2022. This is the Ottawa Law Review ’s first student research conference of its kind. The goal is to showcase students’ cutting-edge scholarship at the faculty. Students have the unique opportunity to present their paper as part of several organized panels during this two-day conference. The panels will include a Q&A portion. A selection committee will award two students the Emilio Binavince Prize for Best Research Paper in English and in French (accompanied by monetary prizes of $1,000 each). The selection committee will also award two students with the title of Best Presenter in English and in French (not accompanied by monetary prizes).

The Colloquium will also include a seminar on academic publishing by the OLR’s Submissions Managers and a keynote address by The Honourable Justice Sébastien Grammond of the Federal Court. Justice Grammond was appointed to the Federal Court on November 9, 2017. Prior to his appointment, he had been professor and dean of the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa. His research dealt with the legal recognition of Indigenous identity, Indigenous legal systems and contractual justice. He is the author or co-author of six books and numerous articles about Aboriginal law, constitutional law and contracts. He argued several major constitutional law and civil law cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and many other cases before trial and appellate courts.

Attendance at the Emilio Binavince Student Research Colloquium is free. The event is virtual. We thank Emilio and Brigitte Binavince, their children and their families, for their generous donation in support of the OLR’s Student Research Colloquium.

When you register for the Colloquium on Eventbrite, the full program details, including the times and Zoom links for the panels, keynote, and publishing seminar, will be sent to you via email.



Justice for Women

Islam and International Criminal Law: Revisiting the Rome Statute to Empower Women – Wafa Khan, 3L (English Common Law)

The “Ideal” Victim and Perpetrator of Sexual Assault: The Role of Myths and Stereotypes in the Criminal Justice System and a Call for Change – Caitlin Hanak, 3L (English Common Law)

Case Commentary: An Examination of Prominent Canadian Armed Forces Sexual Assault Cases – Raji Gandhi, 2L (English Common Law)

Loi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances et les femmes enceintes toxicomanes – Asma Bouali (French Common Law)


Truth and Reconciliation & Indigenous Issues

The GGPPA Reference: A Missed Opportunity for Meaningful Reconciliation – Priya Dube, 2L (English Common Law)

The Political and Legal Meanings of “Reconciliation”: Comparing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Supreme Court of Canada’s Interpretations – Sarah Grieve, 3L (English Common Law)

Les droits culturels autochtones : les lacunes des lois de propriété intellectuelle canadiennes et la possibilité d’un nouveau cadre juridique – Polsia Carrozza, 2L (Programme de droit canadien)

La conciliation entre la liberté des mers et la protection des droits des peuples autochtones en matière d’exploitation des ressources maritimes de l’océan Arctique – Monim Benaissa, uOttawa Law (PhD)


Social Justice & Legal Reform

Trimming the Section 15 Sails to Navigate the Headwinds of Formal Equality: A Critical Race Analysis of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act – Lauren Rogers, 3L (English Common Law)

Beyond Linguistic Binaries: Queering Linguistic Minority Rights – Clémence Thabet, 2L (French Common Law)

Systemic Remedies at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for People Who Use Opioids in Federal Prisons – Kelley Humber (English Common Law)

Encouraging Affordable Housing Supply in Ontario: Expanding Development Charge Act, 1997 Exemption Provisions – Giovanni Giuga, 3L (English Common Law)


The Practice of Law & Professional Responsibility

Canadian and American Legal Sandboxes: A Comparative Analysis – Rei Bajraktari, 2L (English Common Law)

The Duty to Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Organizational Practice Settings – Scarlett Forest, 3L (English Common Law)

Leadership as a Side-Hustle: The Problematic Structure of Law Firm Leadership – Mona Shadid, 3L (English Common Law)

Entre le marteau et l’enclume : comment les avocats qui travaillent dans des milieux organisationnels hiérarchisés peuvent-ils continuer à respecter leurs obligations déontologiques lorsqu’ils sont témoins d’actes illégaux ? – Sebastien Oudin-Filipecki, 2L (French Common Law/Canadian-American Dual JD)

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 and 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 Gowlings 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.

A proud Canadian, Emilio embraced all things Canadian, becoming an avid hockey parent, winter sports enthusiast and 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.