The 2024 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize

Harvey T. Strosberg, K.C., Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Class Action Review, and Irwin Law Inc. are pleased to announce the twenty-first annual Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize competition. The prize of $10,000 is awarded to an outstanding student paper on Canadian class actions. The winner of the prize is also invited to join the judging panel for the competition in the following year.


All Canadian university students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program are eligible for the prize. Essays may be written from the perspective of any discipline or from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Submissions must involve an aspect of class actions, which may include legal, accounting, computer science, management, public relations, and financing issues, among others.

Submission Information

All essay submissions must be typed and be between 8,000 and 15,000 words (not including citations). Please use the (McGill) Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th edition, and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. We also ask that you submit a short abstract of no more than 250 words with your paper, along with a short bio about yourself and your contact information. Submissions may be made in English or French. Co-authored papers will be accepted. However, if a co-authored paper does win the competition, the $10,000 prize will be split among all authors. Only one paper may be submitted by each student.

We especially welcome submissions by students who are Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+, or living with disability, and People of Colour or members of other racialized and marginalized groups, as well as all submissions that address class actions in the context of equity and inclusion. A key tenet of class actions is providing access to justice to people who might otherwise be denied it within our current social and legal systems, and we welcome essays that discuss these important issues.

Due Date

Essays for the 2024 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize must be submitted in electronic form (.docx, .doc, or .rtf format but not .pdf) by May 21, 2024. The winner will be announced in the fall of 2024. The winning paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Class Action Review. Note that in submitting a paper to this competition, the author consents to publication in the Canadian Class Action Review in print and/or electronic form.

Prize Board

A national prize board has been established to review the submissions and choose the prizewinner. 

How to Submit

Please email an electronic copy of your paper to [email protected].

Further Information

For further information please contact:
Danna Petersen-Deeprose, Managing Editor
Harvey T. Strosberg Essay Prize
Irwin Law Inc.
14 Duncan Street, Suite 206
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3G8
by phone: (416) 862-7690 ext 224, (888) 314-9014 (toll free)
by fax: (416) 862-9236
or dpetersen-deeprose at irwinlaw dot com

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