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SSHRC Impact Award winner receives 2023 Governor General’s Innovation Award

April 18, 2023

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) extends our sincere congratulations to the Canadian Partnership for International Justice (CPIJ). Led by Fannie Lafontaine, winner of SSHRC’s 2022 Partnership Award, the research team has been awarded a 2023 Governor General’s Innovation Award.

The prestigious honour recognizes the CPIJ’s exceptional work in helping get justice for victims of international crimes—at the national level and through the International Criminal Court.

“We are delighted to see the further recognition that Dr. Lafontaine and her team have received for their important and significant work,” said Ted Hewitt, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. “The CPIJ’s collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are having substantial impacts on Canadian society, and at the international level, by holding accountable those responsible for crimes against humanity.”

The CPIJ brings together leading Canadian academics and non-governmental actors to strengthen access to international justice through research collaboration, education, and new tools for policy, practice and analysis. The partnership, which includes 24 team members and 12 partner organizations, is based at the Université Laval.

Lafontaine is a lawyer and, since 2008, professor of international law in the Faculty of Law at the Université Laval. She is also Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, and founder and co-director of Laval’s International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic.

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