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Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition 2012

International essay competition
Eligible students
Deadline for submission
31 Aug 2012
Event Location
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition in honor of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz. As a war crimes investigator during the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, Ferencz gathered evidence of Nazi atrocities in preparation for trials by U.S. Military Commissions. After the war, he was recruited by Telford Taylor, an associate of Justice Robert Jackson, who had been appointed Chief of Counsel for a dozen subsequent proceedings at Nuremberg. Ferencz soon became the Chief Prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Case, in which 22 defendants were convicted for the brutal murder of more than a million innocent men, women and children. He was 27 years old at the time.
The essay must address the following question:
Under what conditions may acts that constitute illegal use of armed force and that result in the widespread or systematic attack upon a civilian population be prosecuted as crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, pursuant to the Rome Statute?
1>Contestants must be 20 years of age or older.
2>Contestants must have completed their high school studies.
3>Law students, PhD students and young scholars are especially invited to apply.
4>The essay must be written solely by the candidate.
5>The essay should take the form of a law review style article.
6>Submissions must be original and unpublished works of under 6,000 words, including footnotes.
7>Footnotes must conform to authoritative standard rules of legal citation and must include a description of each authority adequate to allow a reasonable reader to identify and locate the authority in a publication of general circulation.
8>The essay must be typed and double-spaced. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Contestants are strongly encouraged to participate in our commitment-free registration process.
9>Submissions must be made electronically HERE.
10>A complete submission includes a cover page with the author’s relevant information (name, current address, contact information and CV) and the essay in a Microsoft Word document.
Contestants may submit only one entry.
11>Multiple or incomplete submissions will not be considered. 12>Contestants will be assigned a number, which will serve as an identification number for the purpose of the competition. This will be done in order to ensure anonymity of the authors with respect to the judging of submissions.
The first-place winner of the Essay Contest will receive an award of US$10,000. Second- and third-place runners-up will each receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of US$2,500 each. The first-place winner of the Contest will be invited to St. Louis, Missouri, for an award ceremony that will take place during the International Criminal Court at Ten conference in November 2012. The essay will be included in the symposium issue published by the Washington University Global Studies Law Review resulting from the conference. The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute will cover the winner’s travel expenses to St. Louis, including airfare, accommodations and meals.
1>Entries will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of impartial judges.
2>Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, style and organization, quality of analysis and quality of research.
3>Essays will be judged anonymously.
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