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International Law Section Essay Competition for Studies in the Law of the South Pacific

Entries close 29 October 2021

The International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia is now accepting entries for its inaugural essay competition for studies in the law of the South Pacific.

Essays are to explore an international law issue relevant to the South Pacific. Candidates have the option of submitting previously published work of up to 5,000 words. However, if an original work is submitted, it need not exceed 3,000 words.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be asked to authorise their essay for publication by the International Law Section, which may publish the winning essay on the Law Council website. The winner will receive a prize value of up to $500.00 (AUD). 


To be eligible, a candidate must be a citizen of, or is studying in, American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Key dates

Deadline for submissions for the 2021 competition is COB Friday, 29 October 2021. Essays will be judged by the ILS South Pacific Issues Committee and the winner will be announced at the ILS Annual General Meeting on 6 December 2021.

Submit your entry

Please email completed essay to ILS Section Administrator by COB, Friday, 29 October 2021. For more information about the competition, please contact the Section Administrator via email.


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