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ELSA and LexisNexis wish to honour Rule of Law commitment among law students and young lawyers across Europe. To realise this mission, we announce the ELSA x LexisNexis Essay Competition on the Rule of Law to raise the awareness of law students and young lawyers across Europe and the globe, on the importance of the Rule of Law. This year we encourage law students and young lawyers to engage actively with the Rule of Law by asking them to share their views on the following topic:

“The Role of Youth in Building a Resilient Rule of Law”

Previous Rule of Law Essay Competition focused on: “Rule of Law in times of crisis”

The winning essay was drafted by An-Nikol Voynska from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Below, you can find the winning essay.

The Rule of law is the foundation for the development of peaceful, equitable and prosperous societies. 

LexisNexis expresses the Rule of Law in their Rule of Law Definition :

Equality under the Law

Transparency of law, independent judiciary, accessible legal remedy.

The Rule of Law is the foundation of all other rights. Without the Rule of Law, nothing else works:

I. Without the Rule of Law, there is no contract system (how do you do business, how do you enforce your contracts, how do you make money?)

II. Without the Rule of Law, there is no protection for intellectual property (how do you protect your business, inventions and assets?).

III.  Without the Rule of Law, there is no protection for personal security and abuse (of all kinds).

IV.  Without contracts, protection of IP, personal security, investment is stunted, capital growth slows, and commerce cannot flourish.

The Rule of Law is not just a “nice to have”, it is an absolute necessity for success . The Rule of Law is not merely an issue for developing countries; it is under constant threat in all countries of the world and we must be vigilant everywhere.

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The LexisNexis Rule of Law initiatives

LexisNexis has developed a Rule of Law Tracker . Countries are scored against 44 indicators across eight categories, based on interviews with 100,000 households and 2,400 experts around the globe.

LexisNexis partnered with the International Bar Association in London to create eyeWitness to Atrocities . eyeWitness combines law and technology to assist human rights defenders in documenting and reporting human rights atrocities in a secure and verifiable way, so the information can be used as evidence in a court of law.

2021 Scholarship & Rule of Law Recipients

2020 scholarship winners, 2019 scholarship winners, rule of law writing competition.

Encourages law students to submit analytical writings on what the rule of law is, or should be, the interpretation or implementation of existing or suggested legislation or case law and whether or not it furthered the equal and fair regulation of civil and human rights.

Submissions are accepted on an aspect of the Rule of Law, demonstrating how the Rule of Law affected the topic, defining the Rule of Law, criticizing the Rule of Law, or demonstrating the economic social or political effects of the Rule of Law. Winners receive scholarships to help pay for law school tuition.

Competition Closes In

2022 winner.

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USC Gould School of Law 2022

Voting and Campaign Financing: Inconsistencies in Law and Policy.

rule of law essay competition

UCLA School of Law 2022

Race, Law and School Policing.

Southwestern Law School 2022

Transgender Women in Men's Corrections Facilities: A Call for an Objective Deliberate Indifference Test to Better Protect Inmates from Sexual Abuse Behind Bars

2021 Winner

Southwestern Law School 2021

The Problem with Johnson and Lemond: Irreconcilable Science and the Brady-Napue No-Man’s Land

UCLA School of Law 2020

The (Un)Holy Shield: Rethinking the Ministerial Exception

USC Gould School of Law 2020

Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Vote: Challenging Felony Disenfranchisement Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

2020 Winner

Irvine School of Law 2022

In Whose Custody? Miranda, Emergency Medical Care, & Criminal Defendants

Rule of Law Writing Competition Rules

  • Eligibility: This competition is open to Law Review Articles authors who are juris doctorate and LLM candidates enrolled at an ABA or California State accredited law school during the eligibility period and whose article is published during the period. The eligibility period is the year preceding the Due Date.
  • Limit on Entries: Each author may submit one entry. Each law school may submit up to three entries.
  • Define the Rule of Law or comment upon the attached definition; or
  • Comment on the importance or the effects of the Rule of Law, any of its elements, or the lack of a Rule of Law on society.
  • Criteria: Eligible entries shall meet standards of academic worthiness determined by the Selection Committee and be judged on an overall merit basis.
  • Due Date: Entries for the scholarships are due February 1, 2023 and shall be submitted electronically in Word or searchable pdf form to kenneth.petrulis [at] verizon.net . Late submissions and hard copies will not be considered.
  • Entry Form: Entries shall a separate containing the author’s address, telephone number, email address, and the title of the article as well as a one or two line synopsis. Link to Certification & Transfer of Rights Form and Title Page and Contact Information Form .
  • Selection Committee: Shall consist of a minimum of five (5) members chosen by the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Board of Governors representing the community at large, the academic community and practicing attorneys, who have a demonstrated interest or expertise in the Rule of Law.
  • Announcement of Scholarships: The scholarship recipients will be announced on March 1, 2023.
  • Rule of Law Scholarships: Scholarships shall include a $2,500 prize for the winning author and two $500 honorable mention scholarships to be chosen from eligible entries. Each scholarship recipient will receive a ticket to the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s Annual Supreme Court luncheon where the scholarships will be presented. Winning and honorable mention entries recognized by the BHBF and Beverly Hills Bar Association on their website www.bhba.org.

Additional Information or Questions: Contact Kenneth G. Petrulis: kenneth.petrulis [at] verizon.net

About the Rule of Law Writing Competition

The Rule of Law is not well defined. It needs to be. The lack of a definition lends to its use as an epithet for whatever the speaker wants it to mean. It also inhibits the study of the rule of Law, its aspects and its effects. Study will test and refine the rule. Study will allow predictions of its effects to be tested. Assuming its benefits can be predicted and verified the Rule of Law will be validated as the fundamental value which sets one nation above another in its recognition of both human rights and economic success.

A fair justice system founded in tolerance and integrity guarantees the rights of individuals against the government, the powerful, and the many. The Rule of Law provides that tolerance and integrity. It gives respect to both personal rights and property rights. Because these rights are the primary incentive for achievement, they bring to the nations that follow the Rule of Law economic and political success as well.

The Rule of Law is a process consisting of five essential elements:

  • Fair Access. The justice system is reasonably open and available to all, and does not impose oppressive burdens on the participants;
  • Fair courts. The courts exhibit tolerance and integrity. They are competent, and efficient. Judges are impartial and independent, randomly assigned, and not subject to political influence or manipulation
  • Fair Laws. The laws are public, clear and reasonable when applied to human experience;
  • Fair Administration. The administrative branch, prosecutors, and police, are reasonably fair, competent, and efficient; and
  • All are subject to the law. Government officials including the President, Supreme Court and the Congress, consent to being subject to the law. The Rule of Law process depends on the constant application of tolerance and integrity through a political system founded on these five necessary elements. Each country implementing the Rule of Law will produce its own legislation, administrative methods and judicial decisions. Each system while based upon the same five elements will be formed to the particular time, culture and circumstance where it is implemented. By fostering and promoting the process which is the Rule of Law, no matter what the place or time, all societies can benefit from its implementation.

Some challenge the Rule of Law as peculiar to the Western world or not suitable to all cultures. Some see the current success of the nations which follow the Rule of Law as chance, good fortune or a mere shifting in the vagaries of history. If the process (the Rule of Law) has inherent value, it should be possible to show a direct relationship between the integrity with which a nation enforces the Rule of Law and the success, economic and otherwise, of that nation. For example, one might predict a correlation between the number of attorneys in a country and that country”s economic standing. The extent of the independence of the judiciary or of individual rights could also be tested to see whether they correlate to economic success.

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HKU ROLE Project - Rule of Law Essay Competition 2023

Since 2012, the Rule of Law Education (ROLE) Project at The University of Hong Kong has been developing academic materials and other resources to interact with the general public to promote a better understanding of the rule of law in Hong Kong.

To encourage secondary school students to learn actively, think creatively, and to share their thoughts and opinions on the principles of the rule of law and its significance in society, the ROLE Project is pleased to organise its 5th Rule of Law Essay Competition this year and is now inviting entries from senior secondary school students .

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Rule Of Law Competition

The Beverly Hills Bar Association and Bar Foundation

The Beverly Hills Bar Association and Bar Foundation and have been closely tied to Rule of Law issues. This competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings.

Some application deadlines have not yet been announced. In those cases, the dates posted are based on the scholarship provider’s most recent information. Please confirm each deadline via the provider’s website.

Current J.D. and LL.M. students

Enrolled at ABA or California state accredited law school

May not be offered this year - verify status with the scholarship provider

1st Prize: $2,500, Honorable Mention (2): $500

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  4. Rule of Law Writing Competition

    Rule of Law Writing Competition Encourages law students to submit analytical writings on what the rule of law is, or should be, the interpretation or implementation of existing or suggested legislation or case law and whether or not it furthered the equal and fair regulation of civil and human rights.

  5. Essay Competition

    To encourage secondary school students to learn actively, think creatively, and to share their thoughts and opinions on the principles of the rule of law and its significance in society, the ROLE Project is pleased to organise its 5th Rule of Law Essay Competition this year and is now inviting entries from senior secondary school students.

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    The Beverly Hills Bar Association and Bar Foundation and have been closely tied to Rule of Law issues. This competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings. Application Deadline: