Essay contest winner – 2019 Paul Smith Memorial Award

  • August 16, 2019

Giancarlo Mignardi, a third-year JD student at Queen’s University, is the winner of the 2019 Paul Smith Memorial Award in the CBA’s Administrative Law section. Mignardi’s winning essay, Select Issues with Curial Deference on the Basis of Administrative Expertise: A Behavioural Approach to Canadian Administrative Law’s ‘Prodigal Child’ addresses behavioural analysis of administrative law, an approach that some consider to be underused.  

Prior to attending law school, he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from the University of Toronto. Mignardi is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Prize in Torts, and the Queen’s Law Prize in Fiduciary Obligations. He has most recently worked as a teaching assistant for a Queen’s undergraduate law course, as an academic Ttutor to more than a dozen Queen’s Law students, and as a research assistant for professors Grégoire Webber and Cherie Metcalf.

The award is given in memory of Paul Smith, former Chair of the CBA Administrative Law Section and a dedicated member who understood the importance of administrative law in the lives of Canadians.

Read the winning essay.