Research grants

Our grants support and encourage legal writing that is of value to Canadian lawyers, notaries and judges in their day-to-day work in the law and in the administration of justice. Although most research grants are for $5,000, we award at least two grants of $10,000 each year.

We provide funds for legal research that falls into three broad categories:
  • 1Research and writing that emphasizes the statement of existing rules of law, which is often called doctrinal research.
  • 2Research that relates to the workings of the legal system.
  • 3Research that relates to developments in fields peripheral to legal doctrine, such as criminology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and economics, and their relationship to rules of law.
Over the past five years, the Foundation has sponsored research into the following areas of the law:
  • Criminal law
  • Evidence and procedure
  • Contracts (including general law of obligations)
  • Constitutional (including equality)
  • Administrative law (including political systems)
  • Family law (including social status)
  • Torts
  • Courts and administration of justice (including general review of cases)