Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition 2018

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Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition 2018

The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors, pleased to announce Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition 2018. The competition is open to all current or prospective law students, trainee solicitors, pupils, solicitors and barristers within three years of admission/call at the closing date.

The title of the 2018 essay is: “Is technology an opportunity or a threat for human rights lawyers? Does it increase or reduce risks for lawyers in carrying out their duties and in what circumstances might technology be used to mitigate such risks?”

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The competition is open to all current or prospective law students, trainee solicitors, pupils, solicitors and barristers within three years of admission/call at the closing date.
  • You will still be eligible if you are currently between stages and intend ultimately to pursue a career in law.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate in the competition applicants must send their essays to humanrightsessays@lawsociety.org.uk.

Rules:

  • All entries must address the topic of this year’s competition and not exceed 2,000 words (including footnotes).
  • Prepare your entry in the following style adopted by the Law Society for publication.
  • All entries must be typed.
  • Provide a cover page giving:
    • Your full name
    • Postal address, email and daytime telephone contact number
    • Your eligibility to enter the contest
    • The word count for your entry (which must include footnotes)
  • Do not put your name in the text of the entry or number the pages.
  • You do not need to provide a bibliography.
  • use:
    • A4 paper
    • line spacing
    • Ariel 11pt for the text and Ariel 10pt for footnotes
    • Justified alignment
  • Spelling: use UK English spelling rather than American variants and ‘s’ rather than ‘z’ in words such as ‘recognize’.
  • be consistent. However, do not change alternative spellings in quoted material and book and article titles.
  • Footnote numbers should be placed after a full stop or other punctuation, not before.
  • Footnotes should be placed at the foot of the page, not at the end of the text.
  • The house style is to spell out numbers only under 10 in the text.
  • Foreign words or short phrases that are not commonly used in English should be italicized.
  • Spell out words such as ‘figure’ and ‘percent’ in the text. Abbreviations are acceptable in footnotes so long as you are consistent.
  • Make sure that your final copy can easily be opened as a Word document and does not have any restrictions placed on it in terms of access.
  • Remember that this is an international human rights competition and the judges will expect to read arguments based on international law.

Benefits:

The winner of the competition will receive £500 cash from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund.

Application Deadline:

Essays must be submitted by midnight on November 15, 2018.

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