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Food Environments and the Law Student Writing Competition

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Applicants are invited to submit papers exploring how the law can be used to promote healthier lives by discouraging the consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages.

Papers will be accepted from students enrolled at undergraduate, graduate or continuing legal education programs at law schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, or South Africa during the 2021-2022 academic year. The paper must be the author’s own work, although students may incorporate feedback received as part of an academic course or supervised writing project.

The paper must not have been published or committed for publication in another journal. Papers will be evaluated based on thoroughness of research and analysis, relevance to the competition topic, relevance to current legal and/or public policy debates, originality of thought and clarity of expression.

Up to three winners may be selected. Winners will be invited to participate in a two-month paid full-time internship at the O’Neill Institute, working with the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments, in Washington, DC. Winning papers will also be presented at Georgetown University Law Center and may be selected for publication.


Papers should be 4000-7500 words (not including footnotes). Papers must be written in English.


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 9, 2021.

Papers must be submitted via email to with the email subject line “Global Center – Writing Competition”.

The file must be submitted in Word format, with the file named in the format “LastName_FirstName_WritingCompetition”.

Papers must be preceded by a cover page (included in the same Word file) containing the following information:

  • Full name of Author
  • Name of Law School
  • Program (undergraduate, graduate, continuing legal studies)
  • Graduation Year (if applicable)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • A short paragraph explaining why the topic is of interest.
  • The following affirmation: “I affirm that this paper is an original work of scholarship authored by me. The paper (or any variation thereof authored by me) has not been published, or committed for publication, in any other publication. I have read and agree to the Competition Rules.”


The winner/s will be notified by June 30, 2021.