Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize


The Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize is an exciting opportunity for law and non-law students to demonstrate their commercial and legal skills in an African context and have the chance to win a substantial prize.

Africa is an increasingly important part of Slaughter and May’s practice. Many of the firm’s clients have operations in African jurisdictions and it is frequently necessary for the firm to find solutions to challenging legal issues in Africa, in collaboration with outstanding local law firms across the continent.  Slaughter and May also provide advice to various African governments.

In light of this, the Slaughter and May Africa Essay Prize is intended to stimulate debate among university students around the important issues to which African commerce and law give rise.


Applicants are asked to submit a response to one of the following two questions:

Do African countries benefit from the International Criminal Court?

Or

During Theresa May’s first trip to the continent as prime minister, May said “But I am also unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK. So today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest.” Is it legitimate for the UK to tie development spending to its national interest?  

A panel of Slaughter and May partners and guests will judge the competition. The winners will receive the following prizes:

·First prize: £2,000 and work placement at Slaughter and May

·Second prize:£1,000

·Third prize: £500

The deadline for entries is Friday 11 January 2019.

To enter the competition please click HERE to complete the form and upload your essay submission.

For more information, please click HERE.

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