Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire Scholarship in Humanitarian Law (OTSS) (742220102029)

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN ENDOWED FUND

NAME OF ENDOWMENT FUND (OTSS [1] )

Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire Scholarship in Humanitarian Law

INTRODUCTION

This scholarship was established following the gala hosted in Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire’s honour by the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP at the Canadian War Museum on May 30, 2005.

LGen The Hon Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.C, M.S.C., C.D., (Ret’d), Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004. It has garnered numerous international literary awards, and is the basis of a full-length feature film released in September 2007.

Since his retirement from the military, Senator Dallaire has worked to bring an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder to the general public. He has also been a visiting lecturer at several Canadian and American universities, and has written several articles and chapters in publications on conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance and human rights. While a Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he pursued research on conflict resolution and the use of child soldiers.

Senator Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2005, and the Aegis Award for Genocide Prevention from the Aegis Trust (United Kingdom). He has also been named a Fellow of the Ryerson Polytechnic University, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from a large number of Canadian and American universities. Canada’s Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, presented him with the United Nations Association of Canada’s Pearson Peace Medal in 2005.

As a champion of human rights his activities include:

§ Advocacy for the Canadian Forces mission to Afghanistan.

§ A Senior Fellowship at Concordia University’s Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies.

§ Membership in the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention.

§ Speaking engagements on issues relating to human rights and genocide prevention.

§ Leadership in a project to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers.

§ Leadership in activities aimed at the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

§ Research for the writing of a book on the subject of child soldiers.

Senator Dallaire was appointed to the Senate effective March 24, 2005 and sits as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

The donor wishes to thank the Government of Ontario who helped create this fund through its generous matching contributions.

PURPOSE OF FUND

To provide a financial aid scholarship to a student in one of the JD, LL.M., LL.D. or PhD programs at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa who is active in the pursuit of international human rights or humanitarian law.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a person with the protected/refugee status;

2. be registered as a full-time student in one of the JD, LL.M. or LL.D., or PhD programs at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa;

3. be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP [2] rules;

4. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa; and

5. demonstrate active involvement in the pursuit of international human rights or in humanitarian law.

Value of the Award: Variable

Number of Awards : One

Frequency of the Award: Annual

Level of the Award: JD, LL.M, LL.D. or PhD

Application Contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application Deadline: October 31

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through https://scholarships.uottawa.ca, and should include:

1. the Financial Questionnaire;

2. the Curriculum Vitae on Online Scholarships and Bursaries; and

3. a brief statement describing active involvement in the pursuit of international human rights or humanitarian law.

 

[1] OTSS: Ontario Trust Student Support

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program