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Slaughter & May Africa Essay Prize (Deadline Reminder)

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize.

This is a competition open to all students at EU educational institutions, whether studying part-time or full-time, law or non-law subjects. Students are invited to submit a 1,000 word essay response to one of the following two questions:

  • Select an African regional organisation and explain why it makes a valuable contribution to the development of international law;


  • “Almost 1bn people, or 13 per cent of the world’s population, live in sub-Saharan Africa today. That number will more than double by 2050 and 4bn people (or 36 per cent of the world’s population) could live in the region by 2100, according to a projection last month by the UN Population Division.” What opportunities and challenges does this create? (Financial Times, 7 July 2017).

The essays will be judged by a panel of Slaughter and May partners and guests and the winners will receive the following prizes:

First prize: £2,000
Second prize: £1,000
Third prize: £500

The first prize winner may also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement at Slaughter and May, if they have not already accepted a training contract elsewhere.

The deadline for entries is Friday 19 January 2018. Further details, including how to enter and the rules of the competition, can be found on our website.

The Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize is organised and sponsored by Slaughter and May, a leading international corporate and commercial law firm based in the City of London. Africa is an increasingly important part of the firm’s practice: many of the firm’s clients have operations in African jurisdictions, while the firm also provides advice to various African governments. The competition intends to stimulate debate around the important issues to which African commerce and law give rise.