Isabel Lightbody’s essay presents a unique diversity and inclusion programme that seeks to address the various challenges that companies face when implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
In response to these challenges, her essay proposes a comprehensive set of interconnected diversity and inclusion policies, the core element of which is a diversity and inclusion board.
2019 - “Taking a Stand: Achieving Climate Change Action through Climate Litigation”, Xuejun Zhao - Read here the essay
2018 - “Lunar Law - Is it mere Colony Law with Cosmic Application?”, Christopher Sawyer - Read here the essay
2017 - “Will the increasing use of technology in law invigorate or diminish legal professionalism as the nature of information in the Digital Society changes?”, Lorraine Chimbga - Read here the essay
2016 - “Governing Shared Natural Resources of the International Seabed Area”, Sharefah Almuhana - Read here the essay
We are thrilled to invite law students and recent law graduates to participate in the Best International Future Lawyer Award competition. This year the competition is focused on the topic of diversity and inclusion.
The aim of the competition is to develop law students and graduates understanding of diversity and how it contributes to a more open, creative and innovative world.
The application should be based on the following; "You have been tasked with assisting an international corporation in making their business and corporate culture reflect the principles of diversity and inclusion. You need to write an essay about how your client/employer can best achieve this goal and set itself apart from the usual corporate approach. Introduce the main challenges to diversity and inclusion, and how your client can overcome these challenges, as well as the costs and benefits. You have the freedom to address several dimensions of diversity (e.g. gender, socio-economic, cultural, racial, ethnic, disability, mental health) or focus on one only, as well as to discuss and challenge the legal framework in which the corporation operates. You may introduce and describe specific policies or guidelines that you propose. Your client/employer is an international company from an industry and jurisdiction of your choice."
Free AIJA membership until 2023.
Publication of the winner’s name and essay on AIJA’s channels.
Invitation to attend free of charge one of the next AIJA Conferences or the International Young Lawyers’ Congress. Travel and accommodation will be covered.
Updated version in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see items 5, 8 and 12.