Happy new year folks! We begin this year with a post on the annual Graham Turnbull Essay Competition. Wish you the best of the year.


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The Law Society of England and Wales invites law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or in between stages)  to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.


Entries are invited for the 2016 edition of the annual Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition. The competition is named after Graham Turnbull, an English Solicitor and devout human rights promoter. Turnbull was killed in the course of his job as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights Mission in Rwanda in February 1997 at the age of 37.


The competition is organised by the Law Society of England & Wales to honour Turnbull’s work and commitment to the promotion of human rights. It is also an avenue to promote and encourage the knowledge of international human rights among young lawyers.

The winner of the competition will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up will receive book tokens to the value of £250. Both essays would be published. The winners would be announced on the night.

The topic for this year’s competition is:

“A most radical recommendation? Should interception warrants be judicially authorised or does there need to be democratic accountability?”

The competition is open to all current or prospective law students, trainee solicitors, pupils, solicitors and barristers within three years of admission/call at the closing date. People in between any of the stages are also eligible to enter. To find the eligibility criteria and rules of the competition, click here.

Entries should be sent by midday on 26th February 2016 to humanrightsessays@lawsociety.org.uk.
For more information on the competition, click here.

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