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Global Climate Law and Governance Legal Essay Competition 2017
Are you interested in researching the legal and governance challenges posed by climate change? Do you have ideas for how legal and institutional instruments can contribute to addressing the challenges posed by climate change? Then enter the 2017 Climate Law and Governance Essay Competition!
This annual essay competition is held by the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of Law University of Nairobi, the CR2 at the University of Chile, the Ateneo School of Governance in Manila and others, and is supported by the partners of Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD) 2017.
In line with the themes of CLGD 2017, submissions addressing one of the following guiding questions and (non-exhaustive) proposed topics will be considered:
Essays in this category may explore how innovative multi-level and multi-sectoral climate mitigation and adaptation instruments can help to create synergies within and across sectors, or consider how to build capacity amongst legislators and policymakers.
Essays in this category may focus on the Paris Rulebook, including transparency and compliance mechanisms, loss and damage and market mechanisms, the role of carbon pricing and trade regulation, and other relevant issues.
Essays in this category may consider the role of civil society and the legal community, including courts and legal professionals, in accelerating climate action, enhancing transparency and ensuring accountability, integrating human rights into climate actions, advancing the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage and ensuring adequate finance for loss and damage, creating adequate insurance mechanisms, or addressing climate migration.
Essays in this category may examine the legal tools and obstacles that promote or inhibit the sustainable finance, investment, and trade flows needed to implement NDCs and the Paris Agreement; essays may focus on issues surrounding fossil fuel subsidies and conflicts or differences between international regimes in the areas of public and private international law, international trade law, investment law, and climate law.
Eligibility and requirements:
The legal essay competition is open to students of law and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate level, from all regions of the world. Students from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.
Essays should be 6,000 to 10,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) and should use a consistent legal citation style. We encourage the use of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, but the choice of legal citation style will not influence essay judging. An abstract and a table of contents are recommended. Submissions can be made in English or French.
How to participate:
Please send entries, along with a 200 word biography, to the 'Climate Essay International Jury' at <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 5pm EST, 15 of October 2017.
Entries will be considered on a rolling basis, so candidates for the award are warmly encouraged to send their applications early.
A variety of international gold, silver, and bronze award-winning entries will be announced in a special awards ceremony at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (CoP23) in Bonn, Germany, and will be published internationally by the CISDL in 2018. The best entries will also receive acash prize between $500 - $200 CAD. Award winners will also be invited to submit their essays to the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law for possible publication.
The winners of the 2016 CISDL Legal Essay Competition On Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Law: Governance Challenges and Innovations have now been announced. Very strong entries were received from talented students from across the globe writing on the topics of:
What are the most pressing legal and governance challenges in responding to the threats and opportunities of climate change?
How can local and national law be harnessed for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially the new Paris Agreement?
Which innovative legal and institutional instruments and practices hold potential to help address these challenges, at national or local levels?
How can climate law and governance innovations be implemented across diverse sectors for more sustainable development?
The award-winning entries were announced in a special awards ceremony at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (CoP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, and the best winning essays will be published internationally by the CISDL in 2017.
The French language gold awards were presented to Guy-Jules Kounga (Cameroon) and Zineb Hamdoune (Morocco). The English language gold awards were presented to Clarice Wambua (Kenya), Maoulainine Yahjabouha and Fatim Ezzahra Haytoumi (Morocco), and Conner Tidd (Canada).
The French language silver awards were presented to Ossama Azzouzi (Morocco), Marie-Bernard Dhedya Lonu (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Yepery Coulibaly and Asmaa Mahmoudi (Morocco). The English language silver awards were presented to Tatiana Abarca Alvarez (Costa Rica), Félix Leyman (Belgium), Joshua Smith (Canda), and Marianne Daval (France).
In recognition of the high quality submissions received this year, the judging panel also awarded bronze awards and honourable mentions to Hanh Nguyen (Vietnam), Nicolas Blanc (France), Júlia Oliveira Rosa (Brazil), and M. Hussein Ait Belaid and Najwa Azami Idrissi (Morocco).
Organised by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in cooperation with the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Research on Climate Resilience (CR2) at the University of Chile, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) of the University of Nairobi, the legal essay competition was open to students of law and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate level, from all regions of the world.
Successful finalists were also invited to prepare a brief oral argument based on a hypothetical climate litigation fact
pattern provided, for a special moot during Climate Law and Governance Day 2016 on the 11th of November.