World Climate Change Essay Contest

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017

Are you interested in researching the legal and governance challenges posed by climate change? Do you have ideas for how legal and institutional instruments can contribute to addressing the challenges posed by climate change? Then enter the 2017 Climate Law and Governance Essay Competition!

This annual essay competition is held by the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of Law University of Nairobi, the CR2 at the University of Chile, the Ateneo School of Governance in Manila and others, and is supported by the partners of Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD) 2017.

In line with the themes of CLGD 2017, submissions addressing one of the following guiding questions and (non-exhaustive) proposed topics will be considered:

  1. How can legal tools and multi-level instruments be leveraged to implement the Paris Agreement and NDCs?
    Essays in this category may explore how innovative multi-level and multi-sectoral climate mitigation and adaptation instruments can help to create synergies within and across sectors, or consider how to build capacity amongst legislators and policymakers.
  2. What are the challenges and opportunities in operationalising the Paris Agreement? Essays in this category may focus on the Paris Rulebook, including transparency and compliance mechanisms, loss and damage and market mechanisms, the role of carbon pricing and trade regulation, and other relevant issues.
  3. What is the role of law and governance in advancing climate resilience and climate justice? Essays in this category may consider the role of civil society and the legal community, including courts and legal professionals, in accelerating climate action, enhancing transparency and ensuring accountability, integrating human rights into climate actions, advancing the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage and ensuring adequate finance for loss and damage, creating adequate insurance mechanisms, or addressing climate migration.
  4. What legal frameworks will enable climate finance, engage the private sector, and promote climate-friendly trade? Essays in this category may examine the legal tools and obstacles that promote or inhibit the sustainable finance, investment, and trade flows needed to implement NDCs and the Paris Agreement; essays may focus on issues surrounding fossil fuel subsidies and conflicts or differences between international regimes in the areas of public and private international law, international trade law, investment law, and climate law.

Eligibility and requirements:
The legal essay competition is open to students of law and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate level, from all regions of the world. Students from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 6,000 to 10,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) and should use a consistent legal citation style. We encourage the use of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, but the choice of legal citation style will not influence essay judging. An abstract and a table of contents are recommended. Submissions can be made in English or French.

 Benefits

  • Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony alongside COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
  • The best entries will receive a cash prize between $500 – $200 CAD
  • Be published by CISDL and be invited to submit their essays to MJSDL for possible publication
  • Have the opportunity to participate in the climate moot held during CLGD 2017 if they so desire.

How to participate:
Please send entries, along with a 200 word biography, to the ‘Climate Essay International Jury’ at <climate-essay@cisdl.org> by 5pm EST, 15 of October 2017.

OFFICIAL WEBPAGE.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its fifth annual International Student Photography Contest.

This year's topic is Climate Change: Send us your photos that show examples of climate change OR examples of combating or adapting to climate change.

The contest will be conducted on Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Network, our social media platform for exploring the role of ethics in international relations. Check out previous winners on this theme and see below for details on how to participate.

ELIGIBILITY: All students of every nationality are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified. The minimum age is 13.

TOPIC:Climate Change: Send us your photos that show examples of climate change OR examples of combating or adapting to climate change.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2017

PRIZES:

1st prize:$200 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize (two): $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

Winning photos may be posted on other Carnegie Council websites.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website: www.globalethicsnetwork.org.

2. Upload your photo in the photo sectionof the website.

3. Please explain each image in 250 words or less.

4. Include your full name, school affiliation, and nationality in the following format:

[Full Name]
[School Affiliation]
Nationality: [Country Name]

5. Tag the blog post with #photo2017 and publish it. Please allow 24 hours for approval.

6. Entries are limited to 3 photos per person.

NOTE: In order to ensure high quality reproduction, we will require larger versions of the winning photos. All participants must be able to submit a high-resolution version of their photographs upon request (at least 300 dpi at 3,000 pixels on the longest side).

EDITING: All photos must be your original work. Collage, cropping, and use of software such as Photoshop is permitted.

COPYRIGHT: By entering the contest, you acknowledge that the submitted photo is an original work created solely by you, that the photo does not violate, plagiarize or infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, database, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photo.You will retain all copyrights over the image, and the image will be attributed to you when used.

USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the contest, all entrants grant Carnegie Council and its affiliated publications an unrestricted, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, display, distribute and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit). Such use may include, but is not limited to: a photo exhibit or slideshow featuring selected images from the contest; use for illustration purposes on the Carnegie Council website, in online or print versions of Ethics & International Affairs, as well as any future Carnegie Council publications; and promotion of future contests. Display or publication of any entry on Carnegie Council's affiliated websites does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Carnegie Council will not be required to seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

Image - Iceland. CREDIT: Dan Gold via Unsplash.

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