In 2014, the Allard Prize Committee created the Allard Prize Faculty Fund, worth CDN $10,000, to support faculty projects related to efforts to support human rights, combat corruption or to promote transparency and/or the rule of law.
The 2017 Allard Prize Faculty Fund has been awarded to Professor Margot Young to support her research project on the right to adequate housing. Professor Young’s project, undertaken in collaboration with Professor Helen Carr from the University of Kent, examines municipal governments’ response to, and observance of, the right to adequate housing in two cities facing critical housing issues, Vancouver, Canada and London, England. The project utilizes interviews with residents to understand how renters and homeowners perceive the impact of housing rights obligations on their own housing choices, allowing for case study narratives about the rule of international law obligations at the smaller scale of municipal law and policy.
The Allard Prize Faculty Fund was awarded to Assistant Professor Jocelyn Stacey to support her research project Bottom-Up Environmental Constitutionalism. Professor Stacey's project analyzes proposals for a Canadian Charter right to a healthy environment and supplies a constitutional theory for how a right to a healthy environment can operate in light of complex environmental issues. This project shows how Canada—often seen as a leader in human rights protection—is an international laggard in environmental protection and demonstrates how a Charter right to a healthy environment would bring opaque environmental decision-making in line with democratic and rule-of-law principles defended elsewhere in Canadian public law.
The Allard Prize Faculty Fund was awarded to Assistant Professor Galit Safarty for her project, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mandatory Disclosure Laws on Human Trafficking in Global Supply, which empirically analyzes the effectiveness of domestic laws to promote supply chain transparency and corporate accountability.
The Allard Prize Faculty Fund was awarded to Professor Wei Cui for his project, China's New Phase of Judicial Reform: Implications for the Rule of Law, which analyzes the judicial reform introduced by the Chinese government in 2013. The study looks at the government’s plans to protect courts from local government interference and initiatives to make the legal process more transparent and evaluates how these changes have impacted development of the Rule of Law.
The Allard Prize Faculty Fund was also awarded to Assistant Professor Galit Sarfaty for her project, The Effectiveness of Securities Regulation in Promoting Supply Chain Transparency, which analyzes a U.S. regulation that requires certain companies to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of conflict minerals. The project assesses whether such regulations can be an effective tool in achieving supply chain transparency and the Rule of Law.