ELSA Amicus Essay Prize


We are excited to release the Amicus Essay Competition of ELSA UK & ELSA Ireland! 

The essay competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate law students in the UK and Ireland, as well as first year trainee barristers and trainee solicitors who are currently enrolled in the appropriate legal training course.

Essays should be no longer than 1500 words and address the following question: ‘The role of the jury: should individuals who are not experts be able to decide whether someone is sentenced to death?’

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2019 at 23:59 GMT. All submissions should be sent electronically via email to the Vice President for Academic Activities of ELSA United Kingdom Nikiana Lambert (academicactivities@uk.elsa.org).

First Prize is a 2 week Work Experience Placement at Amicus ALJ in their London Office and the publication of the winning essay in the third edition of the Student Comparative and European Law Review (SCELR).

Runner-Up Prize TBD

Judges include prominent academics and QCs.

Read the Rules here !

The author of the winning essay will win a week-long Work Experience Placement in Amicus ALJ’s London office. Additionally, the winning essay shall be featured in the second edition of the Student Comparative and European Law Review (SCELR)


Previous Editions

First Edition – 2016

The first edition of the ELSA Amicus Prize took place in autumn 2016. Students from throughout the UK and Ireland were invited to address the question: “To what extent, if any, does the fact there is no general prohibition on the death penalty in international law explain the continued retention of the death penalty in some countries?”

Executive Organiser: Jessica Allen, ELSA UK
Final Judge: Mark George QC, Amicus (Trustee)
Judges: Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees, Bangor University; Dr Jennifer Sloan, Sheffield Hallam University; and Dr Hemi Mistry, University of Nottingham

On behalf of Mark George QC and our wonderful judges, we are delighted to announce the results!

Winner: Gemma Hayes, Maynooth University
Runner-up: James Cairns, University of Sheffield
Highly Commended: Jun Ji Ho, SOAS University of London