The Walter Owen Book Prize (French Language) 2022


The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research


The Walter Owen Book Prize honours Walter Owen, Q.C., P.C., (1904–1981), a prominent member of the Law Society of British Columbia. He was Lieutenant Governor of B.C., a past President of the Canadian Bar Association and the first President of the Foundation for Legal Research. The prize recognizes excellent legal writing and rewards outstanding contributions to Canadian law. The selection jury will give preference to first editions and books focused on topics of current interest and emerging relevance.


Applications must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered:

  • A book, substantial in nature, which is an entirely new work (or a previous title’s complete revision), assessed by the Prize Jury to contribute to current Canadian legal literature by enhancing the quality of legal research in Canada and being highly valued by law practitioners, academics and the judiciary.
  • Books must have been published in the two year-period (2020 and 2021) preceding the awarding of the Prize,
  • The Prize is awarded in alternating years for books written in English (odd-numbered years) and in French (even-numbered years, including 2022).
  • Co-authors of submissions are acknowledged as nominees.

This year, only French language submissions will be accepted.


The prize carries a cash award of $15,000.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Submissions must be sent to the attention of the jury chair:

Me Martine Valois, Ad.E.
Professeure agrégée / Associate Professor
Faculté de droit / Faculty of Law
Université de Montréal
Chercheure, CDACI 
142 Thibodeau
Sutton, QC J0E 2K0


Please also submit a copy of the nomination and an OR-5 to

How to Apply

Application requirements:

  • Submissions must comprise one copy of a book accompanied by a statement of 200 words or less explaining how the book meets the Prize eligibility requirements.
  • Submissions must be made with the consent of the author or co-authors. At conclusion of the competition, the books will not be returned to the individuals or to the publishing companies that submitted them.

Submissions must be sent to the attention of the jury chair:

Me Martine Valois, Ad.E.
Professeure agrégée / Associate Professor
Faculté de droit / Faculty of Law
Université de Montréal
Chercheure, CDACI 
142 Thibodeau
Sutton, QC J0E 2K0

Please also submit a copy of the nomination and an OR-5 to

For More Information

For more information, contact or visit the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research website.

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