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Writing Competitions

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The International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) at the American Society of International Law is holding an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. The Competition is co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST, September 30, 2014. Please send submissions to For further information, please visit the official call for papers.

King Hall Writing Competitions

The UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy offers the Pritikin Award annually for an unpublished student paper that makes a significant contribution to legal knowledge in the realm of international law & policy. The winner is published in the journal and receives a $1,000 cash prize. Open to UC Davis students only. The deadline to submit is in March annually. Please visit the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy for details. 

Annual Writing Competitions

The American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict:International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. Students may write on any topic within the scope of international humanitarian law. Winners will present their papers in Washington D.C. (travel included), have their paper published, and receive a one-year membership to the American Society of International Law. The deadline for submissions is mid-February. Please check for announcement for each academic year.

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes will sponsor the ICSID Review Student Writing Competition. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $1000.00 and will have his or her essay published in a future issue of the ICSID Review. Current law students are invited to submit articles on a procedural or substantive issue in international investment arbitration. The deadline for entries is generally July 1st annually. Please visit the ICSID website for further information.

The Brooklyn Journal of International Law: Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition. This competition is sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law. Winning papers will be considered for publication; first place carries a prize of $1000 and second place winners will receive $500. The deadline for entries for is typically in May. Check back soon for details.

Other Writing Competitions

The International Insolvency Institute: Prize in International Insolvency Studies. Several prizes are awarded for original research, commentary or analysis on topics of international insolvency and restructuring significance and on comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments. The Prize competition is open to full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students and researchers and to practitioners in practice for less than eight years. Winning submissions are accompanied by an honorarium. The deadline for entries is typically in March. 

Law Students for Reproductive Justice: the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. The first place winner will be published in the New York University School of Law's Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will receive case prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $350 (3rd place) and have the opportunity to be published in the Reproductive Justice Law & Policy SSRN e-journal. Apply in early spring.

University of Iowa College of Law, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems: Trandafir International Business Writing Competition. Submissions should address a contemporary international business or economic issue with a legal nexus. The winning article will be published in the journal, and receive a cash prize of $2000. The deadline for entries typically falls in early March.