Short essay competition

Begonia Filgueira | 12 years ago

The United Kingdom Environmental Law Association is pleased to announce its annual article competition – “the Andrew Lees Prize”. This competition is open to any student, trainee solicitor, pupil or solicitor / barrister with not more than 2 years’ post qualification experience.

Andrew Lees was the Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth and a leading environmental campaigner on a range of issues from water pollution to illegal waste dumping. He died suddenly in 1994 while on a working holiday in Madagascar campaigning against a large opencast mine.

A shortlist of no more than four entries will be invited to present their paper to a panel of judges in London in March. The presentation may be accompanied by AV or other material and will take no more than 15 minutes. It will be subject to Q&A from the audience invited from UKELA’s membership and entrants’ supporters.

  • The winner will receive a free place including travel expenses from within the UK) to the 2012 UKELA conference which is being held at Solent University on July 6th-8th
  • a one month paid summer internship with LexisPSL Environment
  • one year’s subscription to LexisNexis’ New Law Journal valued at £319

The winner will also have their article published in UKELA’s journal e-law and on the UKELA website.

The title of the article is:
“Is Sustainable Development a key feature of UK Environmental Law?”

All articles should be typed in Arial 11pt script and 1.5 line spacing. The number of words should appear at the end of the article. The word count should relate only to the text of the article and does not include the title or footnotes. However, if the article text exceeds 1000 words your entry will be disqualified. The judges have been appointed by UKELA Council and their decision on all matters relating to the competition is final.

Please do not put your name or institution on your essay – your contact details should go on the sheet which is provided for that purpose. Your essay and the entry form should be forwarded by email to Alison Boyd no later than 4pm on Friday March 9th 2012.

About the author

Begonia Filgueira

Begonia is a specialist in Environmental Law, governance and negotiation. Her career now spans 20 years having started as an environmental lawyer in the City. She is a dually qualified UK Solicitor and Spanish Abogada who provides legal advice, trains professionals and carries out complex research in the areas of International and EU environmental law. She also advises on treaty negotiations and implementation of EU law. Begonia has advised UNEP, UNDP, the European Commission, DEFRA and DOENI. She also advises industry and NGOs on environmental policy and regulation. BREXIT negotiations is her current area of specialism.