Es­say com­pe­ti­tion tests in­no­va­tive le­gal minds

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

THE COUN­TRY’S le­gal so­ci­ety is look­ing for bud­ding law en­thu­si­asts to share their ideas through an es­say.

Law stu­dents with a pas­sion for law re­form could win R20 000 in the South African Law Re­form Com­mis­sion (SALRC)’s Le­gal Es­say writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Draw­ing on the in­spi­ra­tional le­gacy of Jus­tice Pius Langa, the SALRC in part­ner­ship with spon­sor Juta Law, is search­ing for young LLB and LLM stu­dents who have orig­i­nal and in­no­va­tive ideas on is­sues per­tain­ing to law re­form in South Africa.

The com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages the crit­i­cal le­gal writ­ing of stu­dents, while gen­er­at­ing new ideas for law re­form. These ideas should be aligned to South Africa’s pri­or­i­ties as a de­vel­op­men­tal state, and is aimed at keep­ing the law abreast of devel­op­ments in so­ci­ety while stay­ing in tune with the needs of South Africa’s di­verse pop­u­la­tion and na­tional pol­icy pri­or­i­ties.

The le­gal writ­ing es­say com­pe­ti­tion, which was orig­i­nally named in hon­our of the first Chief Jus­tice of the demo­cratic era, Jus­tice Is­mail Ma­homed, has been re­launched to hon­our a range of South African le­gal achiev­ers.

From 2018, the com­pe­ti­tion will cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions of le­gal lu­mi­nar­ies. This year is ded­i­cated to the late Chief Jus­tice and Head of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, Pius Nkonzo Langa.

How to en­ter

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two cat­e­gories and is open to LLB and LLM stu­dents reg­is­tered at a South African Uni­ver­sity or ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion in any year of study. Abridged ver­sions of com­pleted Masters dis­ser­ta­tions will also be ac­cepted. PhD stu­dents are not el­i­gi­ble to en­ter.

Stu­dents must sub­mit en­tries in English. The en­tries must be be­tween 4 000 to 6 000 words long. Es­says can be on any topic re­lat­ing to the mod­erni­sa­tion, improvement, de­vel­op­ment or re­form of any as­pect, area or branch of South African law.

Win­ners in the LLB and LLM cat­e­gories win a R20 000 cash prize each.

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