One student will research and develop subject expertise in one or more timely civil liberties issue(s) in Canada and develop accessible information for the public. Past subject areas from which topics may be refined include national security, equality rights, privacy, free expression, protest rights and free assembly, etc. The student will work with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) staff to determine the kinds of rights materials that would be useful to the public on the topic and will work on researching and drafting those materials. Depending on the nature of the agreed-upon products (which may be in a wide range of formats, such as a short blog post or opinion piece, a resource list on a topic, an accessible case analysis on a topic of public interest, an infographic, a podcast or video on a rights issue or topic) the student will be expected to produce from 3-5 pieces of work over the course of the year.
Number of Students and Prerequisites
– 1 student
– Must have an interest in civil liberties and government accountability
– Must be self-motivated, engaged in current events and/or politics, and enjoy writing
Area of Law
– Human Rights Law
– Constitutional Law
– Delivery of legal information
– Legal research and writing
Legal Research and Writing Project
Timeline and Time Commitment
Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.
All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.
In addition to CCLA’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training
Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan
Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.
How to Apply?
Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.