Colombos Public International Law Essay Prize

One prize of £1,000 may be awarded every year for an essay from a member of the Middle Temple on a prescribed topic of not more than 3,000 words.  The word count does not include footnotes, but footnotes should be used for pure reference purposes and not include analysis.

Submissions will be accepted from members of the Inn who are students or newly Called and looking for pupillage, or currently undertaking pupillage.  Candidates must intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales.

Entries must be typed and clearly marked with the entrant’s membership number.  They must be accompanied by a signed and dated copy of the cover sheet which is provided with the essay topics.

The Guidance on Plagiarism and Note on Penalties can be found here - please read this carefully.

Essay Topic 2019:

The general principles of international law concerning the acquisition of territory apply to the Arctic and to Antarctica.

All submissions must be made electronically by emailing the completed essay and cover sheet to  The cover sheet can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page. Please ensure that you put your name on your essay.

The deadline for submissions is 16th August 2019.

Past Winners

Christian Fox

Toby Roseman

Rebecca de Hoest

Jointly awarded to Daniel Black and Daniel Grutters
Click here to read Daniel Black's essay.  Click here to read Daniel Grutters' essay.

James Beeton

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