Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Writing Competitions

Competitions are listed by chronologically by deadline date.

2015

October

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
More Information: Website
Email: TeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu
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)

October

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2016 Writing Competiton
Sponsor: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
More Information: Website
Email: tfranzen@franzen-salzano.com
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

2016

January

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition 2015
Sponsor: Pacific Legal Foundation
More Information: Website
Email: plf@pacificlegal.org
Topic:
  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