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.
Applications are open until 30 July (midnight CET).
Xuejun Zhao’s essay delves specifically into SDG 13: Climate Action, where the current trend of climate litigation is analysed. Her essay explores the feasibility of climate litigation, and considers the existing domestic cases, as well as the possibility of turning to the international realm.
Xuejun graduated from the University of Groningen in September 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in International and European Law. Due to her interest in sustainability, Xuejun continued her studies at the same university by pursuing a Master’s degree in Climate and Energy Law.
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