Louise Arbour, laureate of the 2016 Tang Prize, chooses to donate the grant bestowed by this prestigious award to the Faculty of Law.
The Tang Prize Foundation has made a $440,000 donation to Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law. This follows a proposal by last year’s laureate, Louise Arbour, to assign the bursary associated with the award to the Faculty. The donation will help launch the Arbour-UdeM Rule of Law research project that will span five years.
According to Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens, dean of the Faculty of Law at UdeM, this research project will address the contemporary challenges raised by traditional conceptions and representations of the rule of law. “It will provide a platform for faculty and students at all levels and from all backgrounds to reflect and shed light on topical issues that are as diversified as they are controversial,” he said. Researchers will notably look at some of the legal, political, social, economic and technological forces influencing the implementation of the principles of rule of law and propose new ways of thinking about it. Thanks to Ms. Arbour’s commitment, professors and students will be able to explore a wide range of themes, including the protection of migrants and victims of human rights violations, borders, access to justice, and the improvement of prison conditions for women.
The rector of UdeM, Guy Breton, noted that Louise Arbour is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and thanked her for this renewed sign of confidence in her alma mater. “We have always been proud of the fact that one of our own has the power to make the dictators of this world tremble,” he pointed out. “By associating her Tang Prize with our university, Ms. Arbour has allowed us to share in some of the honour bestowed by this prestigious award, widely regarded as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.”
“At a time when we are witnessing an erosion of the rule of law on the global stage, it is urgent that we stop and take stock of the challenges facing this fundamental principle,” Ms. Arbour said. “The Faculty of Law at UdeM appeared to me to be the ideal place to work on advancing our knowledge in this field,” she concluded.
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