In 2014, the Allard Prize Committee created the Allard Prize Student Externship Fund, worth CDN $10,000, to support student externships related to efforts to support human rights, combat corruption, or to promote transparency and/or the rule of law. Students may seek placements as paid interns or volunteers with governmental, not-for-profit or corporate entities.
The 2017 Student Externship Fund has been awarded to two recipients. The first recipient, Victoria Wicks, was awarded funds towards the costs of her work this summer on two externships, one at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London, England, and the other at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
The second recipient of the 2017 Fund is 2L student Joseph (Joey) Doyle. Through the fund, Joey attended the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2017 on behalf of Vancouver-based NGO, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC). He also worked with LRWC to develop a report on states’ use of illegitimate charges to prevent and punish human rights advocacy.
The 2016 Allard Prize Student Externship Fund was awarded to Sadaf Kashfi. Sadaf worked on two projects. First, a study on compliance with the anti-corruption articles of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, in conjunction with the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford and the Human Rights Resource Center office in Manila. Second, research on new developments in the regulatory framework for business compliance in California and implications for corporate human-rights due diligence, in partnership with Global Diligence’s Business and Human Rights Task Force.
The Allard Prize Student Externship Fund was awarded to Shirin Kiamanesh to work as an intern with the Center for the Study and Teaching of Law, a non-profit, independent research centre in Mexico. She assisted with their rule of law project which supported law schools across Mexico to adequately prepare their students to practice law under Mexico's new criminal justice system.
The Allard Prize Student Externship Fund was awarded to Flora Vineberg to attend the 2014 International Caravana of Jurists as a delegate for Lawyers Rights Watch Canada.
The Allard Prize Student Externship Fund was also awarded to Samina Ullah to work as an intern for Global Witness in Washington, DC, where she worked on projects aimed at combating corruption in the oil, gas and mining sector.