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 Topics 2017

The essay topics and cover sheet for 2017 can be downloaded by clicking the link at the right hand side of this page.  Entries must be submitted by 11th August 2017.

Please post your submission to Colombos Essay Competition, Treasury Office, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9BT.  Alternatively, you can email with your essay and a scanned copy of your cover sheet.

Past Winners

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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