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International Law Section Essay Competition for Studies in the Law of the South Pacific

The International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia is now accepting entries for the 2022 essay competition.

Entry requirements

Essays are to explore the legal implications of climate change in the South Pacific

Candidates have the option of submitting previously published work of up to 5,000 words or an original work not exceeding 3,000 words. 

Candidates will be asked to authorise their essay for publication by the International Law Section, which may publish the winning essay on the Law Council website. 

The winner will receive a prize value of up to $500.00 (AUD). 


To be eligible, a candidate must be a citizen of, or studying in, American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, or Vanuatu.

Key dates

Deadline for submissions for the 2022 competition is COB Friday 12 November 2022.

Essays will be judged by the ILS South Pacific Issues Committee and the winner will be announced at the ILS Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22 November 2022.

Submit your entry

Please email completed essay to by COB Friday 12 November 2022.

For more information about the competition, please contact the Section Administrator at

Competition Winner

Elizabeth is a third-year undergraduate student, currently interning at Kubak and Kubak Barristers and Solicitors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Her accumulated legal research and studies over the years have influenced and developed her interests in international laws and principles and their real-world application. Born and raised in Papua New Guinea but studied extensively in Australia, Elizabeth has been exposed to the implementation and enforcement of the legal system locally and internationally. She aspires to work towards the free exercise of rights in the South Pacific with zero barriers to access of justice in PNG in the future. Elizabeth hopes to continue her international law studies and gain exposure to the changing legal climate in order to build a positive legal identity.

A copy of her essay is available here.



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