We are thrilled to invite law students and recent law graduates to participate in AIJA’s 2023 Best International Future Lawyer Award competition!
This year the BIFLA competition offers a choice of three (3) topics to reflect on. BIFLA contestants may choose one (1) of the following as their video-blog topic:
Law students and recent law graduates are invited to reflect on one (1) of the topics listed above.
The aim of the competition is to welcome new and diverse voices into a discussion about these timely issues related to the legal profession.
Entries for the Best International Future Lawyer Award 2023 are to be recorded and submitted to AIJA using a “video blog” format.
In a video blog, the entrant appears in the video and presents their reflections orally. Video blog submissions should last a minimum of 3 minutes and should not exceed 5 minutes in duration. English will be the language used in the video blogs. The intended audience for the video blog submission is AIJA’s members and prospective members. Entries will be judged for their substance, for their creativity, and for their ability to capture the intended audience’s attention while causing the intended audience to reflect on this year’s topic and the video blogger’s presentation.
AIJA will accept common video file formats generated by smartphones and computers including AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4 and WMV. Video blog entries are to be submitted to AIJA through a Google Forms link by 19 April 2023 before midnight CEST.
Free AIJA membership until 2026.
Publication of the winner’s name and video blog on AIJA’s channels.
A 1000 € voucher that can be used to cover fully or partially Winner’s attendance (including registration fee, accommodation and travel costs) to any AIJA event taking place within 1 calendar year from the announcement of the Winner.
Please send your submission to AIJA through the Google Forms by 19 April 2023 before midnight CEST.
The video blog submitted by Larisa suggested from the very beginning (reading the title) that it will illustrate the sincere thoughts of a ‘Digital Lawyer’ – how the pandemic affected daily life while being a Law Student and even after graduation. The main point raised during the presentation is that the mindset is the strongest weapon we have when facing detrimental circumstances. This is why, Larisa chose to quote a line from William Shakespeare, shaping her exact reasoning: ‘There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.’
Moreover, acknowledging one’s priorities and striving for personal goals are essential milestones for constant evolution. Accordingly, a context that might have been perceived as unfavourable becomes the key factor in personal and professional development. To be more precise, the COVID-19 pandemic enhanced the process of connecting with worldwide professionals devoted to the same fields of law, enabling us to focus on versatility at the same time.
2020 - “‘Do it right’: The initiative for diversity across the board”, Isabel Lightbody - Read here the essay
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