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Law Essay Competition Uk 2010


The Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press have jointly established the SIEL/JIEL/OUP Essay Prize to award the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is Friday 16 February 2018. 

The competition is open annually to all current undergraduate and graduate students of any university or other tertiary education institution, and those who have graduated from a university or other tertiary education institution no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Co-authorship is permitted provided all authors meet the stated conditions. Members of the SIEL Executive Council may not submit entries. The essay must not have been previously published. Submissions shall not exceed 10,000 words and shall follow the JIEL style sheet.


The essay prize comprises three parts. The prize consists of £200, as well as £400 of Oxford University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the Journal of International Economic Law. The winner will receive free entry to the Graduate Institute/IIEL Annual Conference on WTO Law, and where circumstances permit, he/she will be also given the opportunity to present on a Panel or poster presentation at the conference. The winning essay will be submitted to the Journal of International Economic Law for publication, subject to the standard review and decision procedures.

The prize is awarded by the SIEL Executive Council on the recommendation of a Prize Committee drawn from its members and the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law. Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Gracia Marin Duran (UCL) at  Gracia.Marin-Duran@ucl.ac.uk


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Andrew Lees was the Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth and a leading environmental campaigner on a range of issues from water pollution to illegal waste dumping. He died suddenly in 1994 while on a working holiday in Madagascar campaigning against a large opencast mine. Read more about the Andrew Lees Trust.

Andrew Lees Essay Prize 2018 announced!

We are pleased to announce that the Andrew Lees Essay prize competition for 2018 is now open. This year the entrants may choose to discuss either:

‘The right to a healthy environment is a fundamental human right’


A topic of their choice that is relevant to UK Environmental Law

Entries must be submitted no later than midday 13 March 2018 to elly-mae@ukela.org, along with a completed competition form. Both the rules and form may be found below. Good luck!

2018 Andrew Lees Essay rules

2018 Andrew Lees Competition Form

2017 winner

The winner of the Andrew Lees Essay prize 2017 is Ciju Puthuppally. Ciju is a law graduate from Downing College, Cambridge. He has previously worked as Legal Assistant for an environmental NGO in Austria and won the ELSA Moot’s Best Orator prize arguing about pollution from gold mining in the European Court of Human Rights. He will be starting a paralegal post at Mishcon de Reya in July before he commences pupillage with Three Raymond Buildings in 2018. Ciju has won a free place at UKELA’s Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham on 7th to 9th July 2017 and will also have his article published in UKELA’s journal e-law. Well done Ciju! Thanks go to our judges, Bob Lee and Donald McGillivray.

Read the 2017 winning essay

2017 Highly Commended entrants

The judges decided that the calibre of entries was so high this year, that they would like to give four entrants a Highly Commended mention. Those four are, left to right, Joseph Meethan, Ketan Jha, Peter Cruickshank and Ryan Colgan. Well done to them all and to everyone who entered!

2016 winner

The winner of the 2016 competition is John Morgan, a trainee solicitor at Brodies LLP in Glasgow. He currently works in the firm’s employment law division, within which he will continue to work following his qualification later in 2016. He attended the University of Glasgow for his LLB and the University of Edinburgh for his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also spending time abroad at the Universities of Toronto, Connecticut and Cagliari where he specialised in Constitutional, International and EU Law. He holds great interest in international mechanisms for the advancement of environmental policy, of which the Paris Agreement is the latest iteration.

Read the winning essay

2015 winner

The winner of the 2015 competition was Matthew Henderson, a a postgraduate student studying for the GDL at City University, London. Matthew’s winning essay on the topic of “the Greenest Government ever?” was felt by the judges to be an extremely polished and crisp analysis using a good range of examples and some comparative material. They also thought that Matthew’s essay was selective in the ground covered, but used material to good effect and worked towards a strong conclusion.

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2014 winner

The winner of the 2014 competition was Jessica Allen, a student studying Law with French & French Law at Nottingham University. Her winning essay was on the theme of “In UK environmental law today, politics and law do not mix. Discuss.” Jessica was keen to look into areas of law outside the core modules of her degree and researched environmental law, with a particular interest on the European comparative. Jessica has recently been appointed elaw editorial assistant.

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