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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 no 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 an electronically signed and dated copy of the cover sheet which is provided with the essay topics. Entries must be sent to the Scholarships Officer at by the deadline below.

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

This competition is closed. Applications will reopen in July 2024.

You can find the cover sheet that you need to download and submit alongside your essay at the bottom of this page, as well as a guidance document.


Past Winners


Saniya Mehmood 

Click here to read her essay.


Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson

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Imogen Beltrami

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First runner up: Robert Lewis

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Second runner up: Lara Sheehan

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Timothy Hall

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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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