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2014 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition

2014 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition

2014 Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay CompetitionLaw students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or inbetween stages) are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.


Applying human rights and humanitarian law, in what circumstances should forcible measures be permitted against a state that is subjecting its people to human rights abuses?


Graham Turnbull


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.


21 February, 2014


  • 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, 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 Friday 21 February 2014.
  • 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.
  • Proof of eligibility must be included with your essay.
  • Read the full rules (Word, 28kb) before submitting your entry.
  • 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 year’s winning essays
  • Send your essay to the Law Society’s human rights and rule of law policy adviser Sarah Smith:
  • The prize-giving event will take place at the Law Society in late April 2014, where the winner may give a short speech.
  • The winners will be announced on the night.


Got a question? Send it to Sarah Smith:


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