Each year, the CCLA presents a nation-wide high school contest to commemorate the work of Bernard Chernos. Student entries address one of the fundamental freedoms questions posed by us each year (often issues the CCLA itself is working on), examining different civil liberties implications, and applying a ‘reasonableness’ analysis. Entries can be submitted either as essays or as ‘video rants’ (in the style of Rick Mercer, one of Canada’s most famous political humorists).
The Chernos Contest makes a great ready-made assignment for a wide range of high school courses!
Chernos Contest finalists are selected by CCLA lawyers and educators, then judged by a panel of legal scholars, and civil liberties and human rights educators from across the country.
Winners receive certificates and prizes:
Bernard Chernos was a civil libertarian, lawyer and a lover of lively debate. He graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Toronto as a gold medalist in 1957. In more than 40 years of practice, Mr. Chernos never lost his passion for the academic aspect of law.
This contest has been generously funded by the Chernos Family in memory of the great Bernard Chernos.
All new cutting edge rights and freedoms questions! Deadline is May 28, 2021. Click here for this year’s instructions, questions, and to submit your entry.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Chernos Contest!
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