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Writing Competitions

Competitions are listed by chronologically by deadline date.



Fifth Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Lieber Societym, and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Team
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Topic: Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc.
Deadline: by Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST)


ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition 2015
Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
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Topic: Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.
Deadline: Mailed and RECEIVED by November 13, 2015


The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2016 Writing Competiton
Sponsor: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
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Topic: Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
Deadline: December 1, 2015



The 2016 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Wrting Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Sponsor: The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law
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Topic: In recent years, Ebola and other infectious diseases, natural disasters, threatened acts of bioterrorism, the rise of obesity and obesity-related ailments, the recreational use of tobacco and drugs, and other actual potential developments have threatened the health of the public in the United States and elsewhere. Successfully preparing for and effectively addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals. Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respecting individual and institutional personal property and property rights.
Deadline: January 4, 2016
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 2nd Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
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Topic: Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Deadline: All submissions must be submitted electronically to All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2016.
Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition 2015
Sponsor: Pacific Legal Foundation
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  1. In Parents Involved in Cmty. Sch. V. Seattle Sch. Dist. No. 1, 551 U.S. 701, 748 (2007), Chief Justice Roberts wrote that "the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race." Others believe that past racial discrimination has created drastic inequalities that require positive efforts to equalize society. How can the government best remedy the effects of past discrimination in education, housing, and hiring, without discriminating anew?
  2. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new rule to define the scope of the Clean Water Act. Supporters argue that the new rule provides needed clarity about what properties are subject to the Act's restrictions. Opponents argue that the new rule radically expands the scope of the federal government's authority in violation of the statute and the Constitution and threatens to subject every pond, ditch, and puddle to federal control. Analyze (at least) one of the arguments for or against the rule.
  3. In recent years, the "sharing economy" — businesses like Uber and Airbnb that allow people to share rides or ent out spare rooms in their homes — has given rise to a new style of entrepreneurship. Along with that opportunity has come challenges, as government regulators seek to limit or shut down these enterprises. What are dome of the major problems that law poses to sharing economy entrepreneurs and how should legislatures and courts deal with them?
Deadline: Received by 5:00pm (PST) on January 15, 2016