Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inaugural B.B. Ferencz Essay Competition 2012 to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court

The Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition held to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:00 PM (Central Daylight Time).

The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law seeks submissions of essays for the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition, held on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court.

The essay must address the following question: Under what conditions may acts that constitute illegal use of armed force and that result in the widespread or systematic attack upon a civilian population be prosecuted as crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, pursuant to the Rome Statute.

Contestants must be 20 years of age or older. Contestants must have completed their high school studies. Law students, PhD students and young scholars are especially invited to apply. The essay must be written solely by the candidate. The essay should take the form of a law review style article. Submissions must be original and unpublished works of under 6,000 words, including footnotes. Footnotes must conform to authoritative standard rules of legal citation and must include a description of each authority adequate to allow a reasonable reader to identify and locate the authority in a publication of general circulation. The essay must be typed and double-spaced.

Contestants are strongly encouraged to participate in our commitment-free registration process. Please visit our website to register for the competition. Submissions must be made electronically at the following website: http://law.wustl.edu/harris/pages.aspx?id=9126 A complete submission includes a cover page with the author's relevant information (name, current address, contact information and CV) and the essay in a Microsoft Word document. Contestants may submit only one entry. Multiple or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Contestants will be assigned a number, which will serve as an identification number for the purpose of the competition. This will be done in order to ensure anonymity of the authors with respect to the judging of submissions.

The first-place winner of the Essay Contest will receive an award of US$10,000. Second- and third-place runners-up will each receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of US$2,500 each. The first-place winner of the Contest will be invited to St. Louis, Missouri, for an award ceremony that will take place during the International Criminal Court at Ten conference in November 2012. The essay will be included in the symposium issue published by the Washington University Global Studies Law Review resulting from the conference. The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute will cover the winner's travel expenses to St. Louis, including airfare, accommodations and meals.

Further Details: http://law.wustl.edu/harris/pages.aspx?id=9126

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