The Law Society of Ireland’s Human Rights Committee invites entries for the Human Rights Essay Prize 2013.


All students of law, trainee solicitors (including those qualified in the  previous year and those preparing for FE 1’s) and trainee barristers are  invited to submit an essay.

Subject Matter

The essay should identify a particular aspect of human rights law  which the author believes will have importance in the application or  interpretation of Irish law. The author should briefly explain the current  understanding of law in this area and outline the argument for the  influence of human rights law.

Marks will be awarded for:

  • originality,
  • the importance and complexity of the legal issues involved,
  • the authority of the argument for the relevance of human rights law  to the issue discussed,
  • research,
  • structure, writing style and presentation.

Style guide

Entries should be typed and approximately 2,000 – 3,500 words in  length, in keeping with the style guide available from:

Entries are restricted to one per candidate. Entries may be co-authored.


Prize winning and shortlisted essays may be published. The prizes will  be presented at the Annual Human Rights Conference 2013 in the Law  Society, and all entrants will be informed of the results.


All entries must be received no later than 3rd May 2013 for consideration  for the competition and should be sent by email to:  or addressed to:  Joyce Mortimer, Human Rights Executive, Human Rights Committee,  Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.

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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at] or (+353) 1 716 4129.