Death Penalty Uk Essay Competition

Win $3,000 with the International Essay Writing Contest

March 24th, 2016 by Jennifer Frankel

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June 25, 2016

If you think you’ve got skills when it comes to writing, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming deadline of the International Essay Writing Contest where you’ll have the chance to win up to $3,000.

To enter, simply choose one of the following topics and show your creativity and critical thinking skills. Your essay should be between 1,000 and 1,700 words long, written in English, and original! Topics can be on any of the following:

  1. The Pro and Con Arguments for the Death Penalty
  2. Human Cloning Pros and Cons: Should People Interfere with Nature?
  3. Should Animals Be Used for Research? Is Their Role Replaceable?
  4. Limitations or Protection: Do Curfews Keep Teens Out of Trouble?
  5. Are We Too Dependent on Computers to Function Without Them?

Just reading these topics can fill you with a lot of thoughts and opinions as they can be quite complicated! Prizes include $3,000 for the winner, $2,000 for the First Runner-Up, and $2,000 for the Second Runner-Up. Your essay will also be published on blogs and social media profiles where thousands of students can be inspired around the world.

If you are interested in submitting your essay, be sure to check out the award and submit your essay by June 25, 2016.

Posted in International Scholarships

ELSA UK and ELSA Ireland, in collaboration with Amicus ALJ, are pleased to announce the launch of The ELSA Amicus Essay Prize 2017.

Essays should be no longer than 1500 words and address the following question: “Using the landmark judgment of Soering v UK as a starting point, critically analyse the position of the European Court of Human Rights in cases concerning extradition of individuals facing death penalty in states which are not members of the Convention.



The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate law students, both members and non-members of ELSA, who are studying at a registered academic institution in the UK and Ireland. This includes students on law conversion courses. The competition is also open to first year trainee barristers and trainee solicitors who are currently enrolled on the appropriate legal training course.

In order to ensure objectivity, ELSA UK and ELSA Ireland will give each entrant a reference number on receipt of the essay which will then be used throughout the judging process.

The submissions will first be judged by the appointed Preliminary Judging Panel:

Amicus ALJ, with assistance from ELSA UK and ELSA Ireland, will then compile a shortlist of essays on the recommendation of the Panel. This shortlist will be sent for consideration by the final judge and Amicus ALJ Trustee, Mark George QC, who will declare the winning essay and the runner-up essay. The results will be announced on the website in spring and the winners will be invited to a prize-giving presentation, details to be confirmed.

The author of the winning essay will win a week-long Work Experience Placement in Amicus ALJ’s London office. Additionally, the winning essay shall be featured in the second edition of the Student Comparative and European Law Review (SCELR)

The author of the runner-up essay will be awarded a prize of £150 worth of OUP books or 12 months subscription to a Law Trove module of their choice, courtesy of Oxford University Press. The winner and runner-up entrant will also be given complimentary membership of their respective ELSA national group for the upcoming term.

All essays, together with a completed entry form, must be sent in MS Word format via email to with the subject line “ELSA Amicus Essay Prize 2017”. As judging of the competition will be anonymous, personal details cannot appear on any page other than the entry form. Any questions should be directed to

Amicus Essay Application Form 2017

Amicus Essay Prize Rules 2017


Previous Editions

First Edition – 2016

The first edition of the ELSA Amicus Prize took place in autumn 2016. Students from throughout the UK and Ireland were invited to address the question: “To what extent, if any, does the fact there is no general prohibition on the death penalty in international law explain the continued retention of the death penalty in some countries?”

Executive Organiser: Jessica Allen, ELSA UK
Final Judge: Mark George QC, Amicus (Trustee)
Judges: Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees, Bangor University; Dr Jennifer Sloan, Sheffield Hallam University; and Dr Hemi Mistry, University of Nottingham

On behalf of Mark George QC and our wonderful judges, we are delighted to announce the results!

Winner: Gemma Hayes, Maynooth University
Runner-up: James Cairns, University of Sheffield
Highly Commended: Jun Ji Ho, SOAS University of London

We were impressed with the volume of entries submitted to the competition and all of our judges remarked on the overall high standard of research undertaken. The Award Ceremony took place as part of the ELSA UK XVI National Council Meeting on Friday 17 March. The winning entry has been published in the first edition of SCELR.

Many thanks to all of our organisers, judges, prize sponsors, and entrants, without whom this competition would not have been possible!

Amicus Essay Prize Poster 2016

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