Pra Essay Writing Contest Announcement Of Winners

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

Endorsed by

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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Essay Contest 2018 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays


Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page:* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page:* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

2013/2014 Law Student Writing Competition Winners

The American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual law student writing competition. The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is one of the oldest and largest entities within the American Bar Association with approximately 25,000 members, consisting of plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys, insurance and corporate counsel, and law students. The goal of this competition is to encourage and reward scholarly writings on legal subjects within the scope of the Section and of general and current interest.

Numerous entries were received, which were all impressive in their own right. The taskforce members graded each paper anonymously, without knowing the students' name or their law school affiliation. The papers were judged on the following five criteria:

  • Relevance to TIPS substantive legal area(s)
  • Clarity of legal analysis
  • Organization, attention to detail, citation form
  • How contemporary the issue is
  • Whether the paper would be a good candidate for publication in the TIPS Law Journal

Congratulations to our First Place Winner

Ashlee Aguiar
St. John's University School of Law

$1,500 cash, plus free round-trip airfare, and weekend hotel accommodations to attend the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The first-place winner´s essay will be considered for publication in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Journal, and may appear in an upcoming issue. The first-place winner will be announced in an upcoming issue of The Brief, the Section's magazine. 

The winning essay was titled: "Fighting the Uphill battle for Corporate International Legal Personality Under the Regional Human Rights System in Africa"

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Congratulations to our Second Place Winner

Sukanya Momsen
University of Minnesota Law School

The second-place winner received $500 cash and an honorable mention in The Brief.

The second place essay was titled: "Discharging the Duty to Warn with Multilingual Warning Labels" 

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Congratulations to our Third Place Winner

Zachary Balasko
Washington and Lee University School of Law

The third-place winner will receive an honorable mention in The Brief. 

The third place essay was titled: "Modifying the Collateral Source Rule in Light of Artificially Inflated Damage Awards" 

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