Legal Writing Competition on Human Rights

Attention all Law Students: Trinity Law School is hosting a legal writing competition on the topic of “A Christian’s Response to Human Rights.”


From the Trinity Law School Website

Writing Competition

The Center for Human Rights invites the submission of scholarly papers.

Scholarly papers must address the issue of “A Christian’s Response to Human Rights.”

Papers may consider addressing issues of the source of Human Rights, the nature of Human Rights, why it matters if Human Rights have a religious or secular basis, how Human Rights are (or should be) protected and enforced, religion’s role in protecting Human Rights, etc. Scholars are not bound by these suggestions and are encouraged to thoroughly address the topic in a manner that best addresses the pertinent issues.

Only students that are currently enrolled in a JD, LLM, and/or SJD program within the United States are eligible to submit a paper.

Article Format
Submissions must be original, unpublished academic works by one author. Students may only submit one paper. Multiple submissions will result in disqualification.

All papers must be submitted electronically to All submissions should be in English and in Microsoft® Word format. The text should be double-spaced in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. The length should be approximately 25 to 50 pages, including footnotes. Footnotes may appear in single-spaced 10-point font. All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

All papers must be accompanied by a single cover page that includes:

The title of the paper;
The author’s name, address, telephone phone number & e-mail address;
The name of the author’s law school, degree program (i.e., JD, LLM, or SJD) and anticipated date of graduation.

Submitted papers will not be returned.

The failure to comply with the requirements of the Article Format will result in disqualification.
Judgment Criteria for Award

Papers will be judged on originality, quality of writing and scholarship, depth of research and analysis, and readiness for publication. All eligible submissions will first be reviewed by members of the Trinity Law Review. Papers that pass initial review process will then be reviewed by a panel composed of the Director of the Center for Human Rights, select TLS Faculty, and editors of the Trinity Law Review.

A First, Second, and Third place will be chosen from the eligible submissions. The prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

The First, Second, and Third place winners will also receive expedited consideration for publication in the 2012/2013 Trinity Law Review, which will be a special symposium issue on the Center for Human Rights.
Submission Deadline

Submissions are due on or before April 15, 2012. No papers will be accepted after that date.

Winners will be announced by May 30, 2012, via e-mail.

Please submit all papers, questions, or inquiries to:

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