Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition 2012


This international essay competition is calling for Individuals interested in addressing the relationship between crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.

You are invited to participate in the inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition hosted by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law.


Competition Organizer

Washington University Law

*International Event*

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Competition Category
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible
  • Contestants must be 20 years of age or older. 
  • Contestants must have completed their high school studies. 
  • Law students, PhD students and young scholars are especially invited to apply. 
  • The essay must be written solely by the candidate. 
  • The essay should take the form of a law review style article. 
  • Submissions must be original and unpublished works of under 6,000 words, including footnotes. 
  • 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. 
  •  The essay must be typed and double-spaced. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS Contestants are strongly encouraged to participate in our commitment-free registration process. 
  • Submissions must be made electronically HERE
  • 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. 
  • Multiple or incomplete submissions will not be considered. 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.
Competition Prizes

1st: $10,000 + publication in the symposium issue of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Two runners up will receive $2,500 each plus a plaque.