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2013 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition

2013 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition


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.

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.

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.


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?


2013 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition

Law Society, UK


The winner will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up receives book tokens to the value of £250. We will also publish both essays. The prize-giving event will take place at the Law Society in April 2013, where the winner may give a short speech. The winners will be announced and copies of their essays will be handed out on the night.


31 January 2013


  • The competition is open to all current or      prospective law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and all      solicitors and barristers, within three years of admission/call at the closing      date.
  • Essays must reach the Law Society by 18:00 on 31      January 2013.
  • Entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words,      including footnotes.
  • Entries will be rejected if they do not address the      subject of the title, or exceed 2,000 words.
  • All      entries must address the topic of this year’s competition and not exceed      2,000 words (including footnotes).
  • Please      prepare your entry in the following style adopted by the Law Society for      publication.
  • Spelling:      please use UK English spelling rather than American variants and ‘s’      rather than ‘z’ in words such as ‘recognise’. Please 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 italicised.
  • Spell      out words such as ‘figure’ and ‘per cent’ in the text. Abbreviations are      acceptable in footnotes so long as you are consistent.
  • Please      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.
  • Please      remember that this is an international human rights competition and the      judges will expect to read arguments based on international law.
  • Proof of eligibility must be included with your      essay.
  • The winning essay will be chosen by a panel of distinguished      judges. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be      entered into.
  • Read last years winning essays.
  • Send your essay to: Sarah Smith:
  • All      entries must be typed.
  • Please      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.
  • Please use:

#A4 paper

#1.5 line spacing

#Ariel 11 point for the text and Ariel 10 point for footnotes

#Justified alignment.


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