Cambridge Law Essay Competition 2013

Tuesday June 20, 2017

‘What use should a 21st century democracy make of referenda?’ was a topic Concord 6.1 student Patricia Kongoasa couldn’t resist. She decided she had to submit a 2,000 word paper for the Robert Walker Law Essay Prize which is an annual competition run by Trinity College, Cambridge. Patricia, who is also taking an EPQ extended project qualification related to UK law, and hopes to study law at Cambridge when she leaves Concord, was among the successful entrants. She has received a highly commended amongst the top 10% of students who submitted an essay and as a result she has been invited to meet Lord Walker and the Trinity College Law Fellows. “Following our recent referendum I decided this would be an interesting topic because Brexit makes it such a talking point,” said Patricia who is studying English, maths, economics and physics at Acton Burnell-based Concord. The judges said they were impressed by the fact that she had adopted a clear standpoint in response to the essay question. She had set out the argument in her introduction and carried the argument through the body of the essay – which was a first of its kind for Patricia and Concord. She is also the first Concord student to qualify for an Anthony Morris academic scholarship covering two years at the college. Said Concord Principal Mr. Neil Hawkins:  “I am delighted that the exceptional quality of Patricia’s argument and research has been recognised by such a prestigious judging panel.”


The Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press have jointly established the SIEL/JIEL/OUP Essay Prize to award the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is Friday 16 February 2018. 

The competition is open annually to all current undergraduate and graduate students of any university or other tertiary education institution, and those who have graduated from a university or other tertiary education institution no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Co-authorship is permitted provided all authors meet the stated conditions. Members of the SIEL Executive Council may not submit entries. The essay must not have been previously published. Submissions shall not exceed 10,000 words and shall follow the JIEL style sheet.


The essay prize comprises three parts. The prize consists of £200, as well as £400 of Oxford University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the Journal of International Economic Law. The winner will receive free entry to the Graduate Institute/IIEL Annual Conference on WTO Law, and where circumstances permit, he/she will be also given the opportunity to present on a Panel or poster presentation at the conference. The winning essay will be submitted to the Journal of International Economic Law for publication, subject to the standard review and decision procedures.

The prize is awarded by the SIEL Executive Council on the recommendation of a Prize Committee drawn from its members and the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law. Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Gracia Marin Duran (UCL) at





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