2012 Holocaust Essay Competition

Katherine Thompson - 09 November 2012

Congratulations to Camille C. Tokar on being selected as the 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award recipient, an annual international award for the best essay written by a law student on a topic relating to law and the Holocaust. Tokar's essay, Modernity and the Totalitarian Potential of New Surveillance Technologies, was selected by an international panel of law and Holocaust scholars, including Professor Vivian Curran, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh; David Fraser, Professor of Law and Social Theory, School of Law, University of Nottingham; and Professor Ted DeCoste of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, to receive the 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award. Tokar will receive the Award Parchment and the $500.00 CDN Prize at an award ceremony at the U of A Faculty of Law.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Camille Tokar is currently a Bachelor of Laws Candidate at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law. Tokar was the recipient of the Alberta Law Foundation Undergraduate Bursary in 2011, and the Merv Leitch QC Leadership Scholarship in Law in 2010. She has written for the U of A Faculty of Law's Canons of Construction from September 2011 to present, and has volunteered at the Student Legal Services of Edmonton on Criminal Law and Civil Law projects. She acted as a University of Alberta Board of Academic Appeals Student Adjudicator, between 2008 and 2010, hearing, deliberating and voting on student academic appeals. During her internship with the Director of Research Project, at the Solicitor General and Public Security Correctional Services Division in Edmonton, she submitted a lengthy analysis to the Office of the Solicitor General and Public Security, Correctional Services Division entitled, 'The Contribution of the Judicial Interim Release Process to Rising Remanded Populations: An Environmental Scan'.

For more than ten years - and in recent years, through the kind generosity of one of its alumni, Mr. Henry Wolfond of Toronto - the U of A Faculty of Law has been honoured to support the Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award, the mission of which is to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust in the legal academy. The Award grew out of the conference "The Holocaust: Art / Politics / Law" which was held at this Faculty in fall 1997. Professor DeCoste, who along with Professor Bernie Schwartz (Faculty of Education, Alberta), organized the Conference, notes that "the Award is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking legal academic world."

To read the essay, click here.

For more information about the Award, please visit: http://www.law.ualberta.ca/currentstudents/financialinformation/holocaust.php