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Goettingen Journal of International Law Essay Competition

Goettingen Journal of International Law Essay Competition

GoJIL gives young scholars the chance to gain practical experience and get their own professional scientific publication. To make this possible, GoJIL hosts an annual Student Essay Competition on a current topic of international law or its related fields. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity and hand in your submissions.

Recent ecological, technical, and political developments alike pose significant challenges to the international law of the sea.

Whereas legal issues such as piracy, climate change, or the protection of the oceans pertain to the interest of the international community as a whole, others revolve around particular national concerns. For instance, the delimitation of maritime zones or the exploitation of vital (cross-boarder) resources induces a pressing need to find an equilibrium between diverging interests.

Goettingen Journal of International Law Essay CompetitionMultiple theoretical frameworks lend themselves as means to resolve such issues. First and foremost, there appears the broadly ratified United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Although some provisions, i.e. with regard to the effective fight against piracy or the deficient acceptance of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, may be questioned, the Convention appears to be an adequate means to tackle contemporary challenges.

Against the backdrop of these general findings, this year’s GoJIL Student Essay Competition is dedicated to submissions dealing with both general and specific questions in this field.


Participants may select the ultimate topics themselves.


Goettingen Journal of International Law


The winning submission will be published in one of the upcoming GoJIL issues.


15 September, 2014


  • Essays shall not exceed 5000 words and are due by 15 September 2014.
  • In case of questions or for the submission of your paper please contact the Editors via
  • Participants are free to choose both the topic and the exact area of the international law of the sea on which their submissions will elaborate.
  • The first deadline for your submission is 15 September 2014. The maximal word count is 5 000 words (excluding footnotes). The journal’s author guidelines shall be observed to the greatest extend possible.


In case of questions or for your submission of your paper please contact the Editors via


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  1. Hi, Tosin,
    I was wondering if the GOJIL international law competition allowed law graduates or non-law students to participate.

    Jolaoluwa Adewale

  2. nice one!

  3. Greetings, Tosin.
    Please, I want to find out about your monthly competition on Naija Writers Coach.
    How can one access the details about it.

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