As one essay competition closes, another one opens! Emily Allbon

City Law School student Niall Coghlan was awarded first prize in the Graham Turnbull essay competition run by the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society. He wins £500 for his essay addressing the following question:

“In view of the scope and extent of the civil legal aid cuts, is the UK in breach of its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights?”

The competition is named after Graham Turnbull, a British solicitor who was killed in 1997 while working as a United Nations human rights monitor in Rwanda. Law students, pupils, trainee solicitors and young lawyers from around the globe entered the competition. Competition entries were judged by Roger Smith OBE, former Director of JUSTICE who also presented the awards to the winners on the night.

Read Niall’s essay and others shortlisted (including other current City students and alumni Jennifer Blair and Rosie Scott), via the Law Society website.

What are you waiting for?

…then get writing yourself!

The Law Reform Essay Competition 2013 is open until 10th October 2013, sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust.

The competition, which is open to law students and pupils, invites entrants to submit an essay of not more than 3000 words, which identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful. Prizes are:

  • £4000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 high commended awards

The closing date is 10 October 2013 at 17:00 and prizes for the winning entries will be presented at the Law Reform Lecture, in Inner Temple Hall on 21 November 2013.

To read the rules and find out more take a look at the Bar Council website.

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