Writing For Human Rights Essay Competition

The competition

Each year law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or in between stages) are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.

This year’s essay title is:

‘Should UK forces have immunity against civil claims brought against them claiming breach of rights protected under the ECHR in situations of conflict, peacekeeping, or policing?’

The closing date is 30 April


The winners will be announced at the Graham Turnbull Lecture Competition on 25 May.


The winner of the competition will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up will receive book tokens to the value of £250. We will also publish both essays.

The winners will be announced on the night.

About the Graham Turnbull Competition

The competition is named after English solicitor Graham Turnbull who did much to promote respect for human rights. Graham was killed in February 1997, aged 37, while working as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights Mission in Rwanda.

The Society is proud to honour Graham’s commitment to human rights through this competition, which aims to encourage awareness and knowledge of international human rights issues and remedies among young lawyers. This year will mark the twentieth anniversary of his death.

Send your essay to humanrightsessays@lawsociety.org.uk

Find out more and register for the event

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit papers to American University’s Washington College of Law, as follows:

► The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law(AUWCL) is accepting submissions for its Human Rights Essay Awardan essay competition that seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

The topic for the award this year is Gender Violence and International Human Rights Law and participants have the flexibility to explore any subject related to the assigned topic, in either English or Spanish as one winner is chosen in each language. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.

Winners will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from May 29 – June 15, 2018. They will also have the opportunity to publish their work with the American University International Law Review. For more information, click here or email hracademy@wcl.american.edu.

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